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The Widow

Paperback | February 16, 2016

byFiona Barton

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A loving husband or a heartless killer...she'd know, wouldn't she?

There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with accusing glares and anonymous harassment. Now her husband is dead, and there's no reason to stay quiet. People want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.
     The truth--that's all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything. For the reporter who has secured the exclusive interview, this is the scoop of a lifetime. For the detective who has lived a half-life since he failed to get justice for the victim, it is a chance to get at the truth that has eluded him for so long. For Jean, it's a chance to defend herself, what she knew--and when.
     This is the tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the main suspect, the detective leading the hunt, and the journalist covering the case. It's a brilliantly ominous, psychologically acute portrait of a marriage in crisis--perfect for fans of The Silent Wife and The Girl on the Train.

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A loving husband or a heartless killer...she'd know, wouldn't she?There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with accusing glares and anonymous harassment. Now her husband is dead, and there's no reason to s...

FIONA BARTON is an international media trainer working in developing countries, having formerly been a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where she was named Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards. It was this experience covering notorious crimes and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6.2 × 0.9 inPublished:February 16, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Liked This One! I really liked this one! I love not being able to guess every aspect of a good book and this was one of those scenarios that really surprised me. Glad I threw it in my cart as a last-minute purchase!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a big fan Took me forever to read
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well written but a little predictable It was a good thriller in that is was very unsettling, but I didn't feel there was much "mystery" to it.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I liked this book. Its worth the read
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A good story told horribly wrong The content of the plot for The Widow is quite compelling and interesting but the author (either by choice or publishing company persuasion) told it in a way that is thriller-novel cliched without any of the true elements of being thrilling. It misses the mark and it could've been so much better. She shies away from bringing the story to the necessary dark places that it's subject matter demands.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT A READ!! loved this book-kept me engaged and guessing till the end!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept I felt like the book was mostly predictable, but it took an interesting route to get there
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from UGH This book was awful, more often than not I found myself wondering what the heck was wrong with the main character. It was predictable and just blah...
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read It was a good book. I didn't see the end coming.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the read This book has a good plot line with some interesting character development. It will get you thinking.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I found this book to be very underwhelming. It didn't do much for me and I ended up guessing the ending before I finished the book. Not my favourite thriller.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Widow I was expecting something a little different. This book creeped me out a bit and was a bit tough to read (emotionally).
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Kept me on the edge the entire read
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it all but the ending! The book was great and kept you suspicious of various characters, but the ending was a bit too abrupt.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable and a bit unnerving I found the book a tiny bit slow at times but very much enjoyed it overall. It was suspenseful from start to finish. I enjoyed the different perspectives of characters on very different sides of the crime. Not an outcome you see at the start of the book.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book with an unexpected twist that keeps you reading! AWesome read, makes you wonder how well you actually know someone!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book #plumreview This was a great book with a very dark kind of creepy story (in a good way:)
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a Great Read Bought the book on a whim as I had been disappointed with the books I had been selecting. This one restored my faith in great books. Had a hard time putting down but a girl does have to sleep.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I actually really enjoyed this book. I never saw the ending coming. I was totally surprised by the ending.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was a good read. It kept you guessing right till the end. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing Right until the End This book was confusing to get into. You weren't sure if you should sympathise with the widow or not. The ending was heartbreaking and, because of the ending, made up for all of the confusion in the lead up. As a character, the Widow was intriguing; very enigmatic. The suspense was good and I felt that her relationship with the reporter as her foil was almost like a tango to see who would be the lead dancer. The hints of darkness were subtle, but you could picture the husband in his creepiness. Overall, a satisfying read.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This book was pretty creepy and dark. Not bad. Easy read.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Only okay... I found the book to be a little predictable and I wasn't overall impressed with the story. I didn't find myself to be all that 'thrilled' by it.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark Well written but dark subject matter. My recommendation is that anyone with very young children should probably not read this book. Fast paced, somewhat predictable. This book taps into the darker side of humanity that we try to pretend doesn't exist but we know that it does.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that good This book had the potential to be a real thriller, but the conclusion was evident too soon.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read It was a good read, lovers of Gone Girl will definetly like this book as well. However, even though you sense what happened to Bella from the beginning, it is satisfying to get to the end hear it from the characters themselves. The character of Jean is full of surprises and a pleasure to hear. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable but anticlimactic Pretty anticlimactic, was waiting for a big twist at the end. Creepy premise and I definitely wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to Bella, but it didn't end up having a big surprise factor and circled around the same evidence over and over again but from different characters' chapters. Quick read with short chapters and intrigue to keep you going.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing The story itself is hard to read because of the nature of a child missing. However, its a real topic, and something that does truly happen. I thought it was wonderfully written and I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who is to blame? Reading about a missing young child is difficult, maybe because this was my first book with such a heavy topic. I don’t have kids yet and I kept getting mixed emotions. I got caught up quickly. Do you blame the mother for not properly watching her young child outside? The absent father who never planned on sticking around? The more than friendly neighbor for misleading the police or, the one everyone seems to be pointing the finger at, Glen Taylor, The Widow’s husband. I was completely drawn in trying to figure out who took two year old Bella from her home garden. This book is well written with details and has a great flow of information to it. Chapters are each from different characters, The Widow, The Detective, The Mother and The Reporter etc. I enjoyed having a view of everyone as this story unfolded. I had to remind myself that this was not a real story, I truly connected to the emotions one might feel in this situation. I enjoyed it and read it quickly to get to the end and to bring Bella home. Happy reading!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read Great book well written. Keeps you interested to find out what happen right till the end.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Predictable and disappointing I was very disappointed in this novel. It was an easy read, but the story was not interesting, the characters lacked depth and were not at all interesting.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK at most The book starts off pretty suspenseful and thrilling, the characters are well developed and you find yourself wondering what you would do if you were in their shoes. BUT by the middle of the book you know who did it and the entire rest of the book is slow and boring and doesn't end with a twist, but with what you knew since 150 pages ago. I read it until the end just in case I was wrong... but the end of the book was really quite disappointing.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspense This book had you guessing to the very end, if the person did or did not do it. I had to keep reading up to the end. A great summer read!
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Good story plot, interesting to follow
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing There was nothing thrilling about this book defiantly a boring read.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twisted and Thrilling I could not put this book down! It is slightly predictable but it is a good read! The multiple perspectives were actually really enjoyable. The author put in a lot effort and detail when crafting the story. It will leave you with a sick feeling in your stomach given the subject matter, but I could not put it down. If you are looking for a mystery where you do not know who committed the heinous act this is not it. The reader knows pretty early on who did it, but the inner thoughts and workings of the characters are really well done and intriguing .
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!!! This book was chosen for our book club recently. All of us agreed that it was a thrilling read! I read it in 1 day because I simply could not stop!! Highly recommend if you are someone who enjoys a good suspenseful read!
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from dragged on This book started off really strong, and intriguing. The author did a great job weaving between the past and present. However, the book just didn't take off into a twist! Decent read, but had to really to fight to finish it off.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from **** Good book :)
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love-hate it was one of those "i cant look", but keeps reading as you need to know what happens next.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!!! sat outside and enjoyed chapter by chapter
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dragged on until the very last page This book enticed me at first, it is well written. The only reason I read it until the end was because the build up was so long I wasn't going to stop now. The ending was meh, no jaw dropping moments, doesn't keep you guessing, it is not a psychological thriller and I was disappointed, there was never a climax.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! My boyfriend bought this book for me when I was sick. Loved it and couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2016-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully crafted story I wouldn't call this a particularly suspenseful psychological thriller, and the plot twists didn't make my jaw drop, but I really enjoyed the different points of view that were employed in the crafting of the story. The media involvement, in particular, was entertaining. The writing was excellent, with some imaginative turns of phrase that made me pause in admiration. Overall a good read, with the strands of the story smoothly woven together and brought to a satisfying conclusion.
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved the way the author weaved the story from past to present & from character to character. What a wonderfully written mystery. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from amazing interesting story line
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great multiple narrator POV read I read this recently after seeing it at the top of recommendations lists. I just couldn't put it down and loved how the story came together from the threads of the various narrators.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A definite page-turner! I honestly couldn't stop reading this book! It's exciting and terrifying in a way that made me think of a number of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episodes. The best part about this book was the format; the POV shifted from character to character, which created a narrative that was equal parts frenzied and calm.
Date published: 2016-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good not great This is an easy read and does have its interesting moments, but on the whole doesn't really grab you like a good suspense novel should. A good book to take on a holiday when you don't need to think too deeply.
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I WANTED to love it This Book was well written for sure. But the story just dragged on and on and the ending was very blah, after so much talking. Its was NOT like Girl on the Train. The ending was not great. It was disappointing really. Kept waiting for the climax and it just never really got there.
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I finished this book in just 1 week. I loved the build up and couldn't put it down but was disappointed with the ending....
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Book Nerd Canada An unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review. Another thriller from the likes of "Gone Girl" and "The Girl on the Train." But what this book has is a pedophile. Tough can't even begin to describe reading this. I teared up in one part and not because it was detailed or describing anything, just because I was thinking of all the evil that predators are out there preying on young children. And maybe that's why this book is out there. To keep children safe and to know the dangers of the Internet.. *sighs* There's not a whole lot of characters to like unless you're rooting for just one or two. Every character except maybe the Detective have moral compasses swinging one way or the other. The cruel media who don't care they're hurting people's lives by getting people to buy their papers. The manipulation of a young woman by a "doting loving husband", the excessive invasion of privacy by the media, the Sharks who lurk in Internet chat rooms, the mother who should be careful online and in real life..all these characters had their chance to tell a story. But I possibly think that Glen was the worst. He is controlling scary manipulative puts blame on others and never himself. And he says things like the quote below to his own wife: "I hope you're not letting yourself go." (125) The writing style is similar to the two novels because it's quick and straightforward. I had to put this down at one point because it ended up being about adults preying on children and I can't for the life of me even begin to understand why. So I decided to just pull through and finish it. *sighs* It was a tough book to get through, and I saw the little twist in the beginning, but ultimately that ending was satisfying at least. Now I know why there were Skittles in the evidence bag this book came in. *cries*
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expertly Crafted Mystery I read this book in two days, but it would have been one if I hadn't started it during the work week. I agree with other reviewers that it isn't as fast-paced or psychologically deep as Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train but there is something to be said for the slowly unspooled darkness in The Widow. Barton's expert use of non-linear storytelling kept me guessing until the final page. Sometimes that style feels like a gimmick, but it truly serves the story in this case and makes the characters much more relatable. The only downside is that I was expecting a more dramatic payoff after the slow and calculated buildup and it didn't turn out that way. That said, the ending was still satisfying all the same. If you're looking for a fast-paced thriller this isn't it, but it's a true page-turner none the less.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A quiet thriller Compared to Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train was weaker on the psychological mind games but had enough twists and turns to make it a thrilling read. Compared to "The Girl on the Train," "The Widow" is softer on the thrills and shocking revelations, but honestly, it's like comparing apples to oranges. "The Widow" isn't a domestic thriller in the same sense as the former two. What it has going for it is that it presents more than the one involved perspective of the unreliable narrator, but also has the journalistic and investigative point of views of a domestic crime from a reporter and a detective. It's a fairly straightforward story which keeps you questioning till the very end, but ultimately delivers a soft punch since the conclusion is exactly what you have been expecting but you have been telling yourself, "No, there must be more to this." Expecting an enormously wild twist from thrillers has obviously been the norm post-"Gone Girl" but the quietness of this plot works for "The Widow" in a way that might have made other books fall flat. This book is destined to be a British television series, and if done right, could hit the right notes like the spectacularly disturbing show, The Fall.
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Dark Side of a Marriage The Widow is a mystery that centers on one particular crime. A toddler disappeared in the front lawn of their house creating a vacuum of events that will lead them to Glen and Jean Taylor – a couple seemingly content in their childless suburban life. But the more we delve into their story, the more we see what’s really behind the curtain. Jean Taylor was a devout wife to Glen Taylor’s old-fashioned, patriarchal disposition. They are routinely British as marriages go. The book opened with Glen already dead, so the sequence of events threw me off a little. Throughout the novel, we’re given privy to the relationship between media, witnesses, suspects, and the police. I enjoyed trying to decipher everyone’s motives and degree of participation in the crime. As each revelation brought me closer to the truth, the more conflicted I felt. Don’t get me wrong, there is a clear perpetrator here – that was given from the very start, but the whole time, I felt a bit of sadness for a devoted wife who longed for a child for years. Ms. Barton brought these characters to life not to be endeared or revered. Certainly, not all of them are all that likable. But they are all perfectly flawed in their weaknesses. The Widow also offers a few perspectives – with each chapter headlined from the point of view of the speaker: The Widow, The Detective, The Reporter. So the story was told as they saw fit. Obviously, the main focus of the story is Jean Taylor and the demise of a relatively quiet and comfortable marriage. And with the death of her husband, a joyous but guilt-ridden relief. IN RETROSPECT The Widow is nowhere near the twisted tale of Gone Girl, but it offers a different kind of nightmare altogether. Fiona Barton cleverly flayed every dark niche of a crime investigation without losing the story’s suspenseful momentum. Disturbing to say the least. A revelation in more ways than one. The Widow was like getting a peek at how your neighbours actually live. Their secret lives that we never see. And in the end, it makes you wonder if you’re truly better off knowing or if you could’ve gone on your whole life not knowing. Either way, you can’t unsee/unknow it.
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good weekend read! I was excited to sit down and devour this book but it did not come off as action packed as I hoped. It was well written and typically I am not a fan of books that do flashbacks but this one was ok. It was an easy read and I liked the character development.
Date published: 2016-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book will stay with you ....4 1/2 Stars I love a good book where I am still chewing it over and over in my mind. It is full of unreliable narrators.; The Husband, The Widow, not even the poor mother who's child is missing gets a pass on this one. Who can you believe? Even more so who do you want to believe? Some marriages are full of dark ugly secrets but this one may be the worst of all. I recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers with a dark twist. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Widow Delivers The Widow, by debut novelist Fiona Barton, is a psychological thriller that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages. The novel's principal narrator is Jean, a woman recently widowed. To the outside world Jean appears as the dutiful wife who stood by her husband even after he was accused of committing a horrible crime. Yet, despite appearances, Jean is relieved that she no longer has to put up with her husband's 'nonsense'. With her husband dead and the press hounding her, Jean must decide whether she should tell her side of the story. In addition to Jean, the police detective who investigated the crime Jean’s husband was accused of committing and a newspaper reporter charged with convincing Jean to talk also serve as narrators. There were a number of things I liked about this book. The narrative is engaging, the characters are complex, and the mystery at the heart of the story is compelling. I also enjoyed the fact that the story is told from three very different perspectives. But what really makes this novel work is the fact that the reader can never be too sure about Jean – is she telling the truth, or is there more to her story than she lets on? Just how much did she know about her husband? In addition to using Jean as a vehicle to get to the bottom of the narrative’s mystery, Barton also uses it to paint an interesting portrait of a marriage. I recommend The Widow to readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers. Thank you to Chapters-Indigo and Penguin Random House Canada for a copy of this book.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reminds me of Broadchurch "The Widow" is a dark, twisted read about something that happens far too often: child abduction. It's an emotional roller coaster, and not just because you constantly find yourself convinced of one outcome, and then questioning everything on the next page. It reminded me of ITV's "Broadchuch", which is also about a case involving a child. We get many different perspectives and see how such a case affects everyone involved. And just wait 'til you read the ending!
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book keeps you guessing right until the last page. Even when you think you have it figured out, you don't. The characters are likeable and the timeline is easy to keep track of. Would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2016-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Comparison with "Girl on Train"? Comparing a new book with "The Girl On The Train " isn't going to make me want to read it.
Date published: 2016-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great debut! Fiona Barton's debut novel, The Widow has just released. And it only took me a day to devour it..... Jean's husband has just accidentally died - hit by a bus as they waited at the corner to cross. "You see, my husband died last week. Everyone was very kind and trying to stop me from seeing his body, but I couldn't tell them I was glad he was gone. No more of his nonsense." That's from the opening pages - and I was immediately hooked. Why is she glad? What nonsense? Well, Glen was a suspect in the disappearance of a little girl - never found. Glen vehemently denied he had anything to do with it and Jean, being a good wife, stood by him. Barton tells her story from the present - after Glen's death as a reporter tries to get 'the real story' out of Jean and the past - as a detective desperately tries to find the little girl. We're privy to not just Jean's thoughts, but also those of the mother of the missing child and the detective. Barton deliciously ekes out the story - each new chapter reveals a little more. Cutting back and forth between time lines only serves to heighten the tension and draw the reader in further. And as I read, my thoughts on Jean changed many times - what did she know, was she protecting Glen or was she involved? I'm always curious as to where an author's idea for a book comes from. Barton says this about The Widow... "The worm of this book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know." Let's just say everyone lies in The Widow. The Widow was an utterly addictive read that I couldn't put down. What a great debut - I'm already looking forward to Barton's next book.
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the widow Sent to me by Indigo. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Particularly liked the way the paragraphs were named for each of the characters followed by how each of them fit into the story. Kept you wondering how much the widow knew and did she actually take part in the events taking place or was she also a victim. I certainly would recommend the book to other readers.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This was a great book with a different perspective on the crime. The Widow is told by the suspected criminal's wife rather than the perpetrator, victim or 3rd party. While reading, I found myself questioning her position; was she a victim, simply clueless or was she aware of her husband's guilt/ innocence and his activities leading up to the horrible crime? Was she in any way complicate? The changes in her through the book are sometimes subtle, always noticeable and interesting; she's a well developed character. Fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura McHugh, Kimberly McCreight, Paula Hawkins and Paula Daly will definitely enjoy this book. A great debut by Fiona Barton; I look forward to more from her!
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I was sent this book by indigo. Thank you so much. It was excellent, everybit as good as Gone Girl and Girl on a train I read it in one go. couldn;t put it down. Thank you again I would recommend this book
Date published: 2016-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watch this Author! First novel by Fiona Barton and I hope it is not her last! This was well written, excellent story line and unique style. She brought each character to life - very well done! Could really believe this story - Highly recommend this read.
Date published: 2016-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creepy and unsettling - Is the widow hiding a dark secret? What secrets are hidden inside a marriage. When one is suspected of a crime, can the other person really not know what was going on? Fiona starts the novel by stating that she has worked as a journalist and mentions the range of people she has interviewed from victims to suspect and that it’s not always the people in the spotlight that leave the biggest impression. She says we have all seen the widow on the television and wondered what she knew and that this is her story. It was quite a story and although I felt really uncomfortable reading the sections about child abuse and those who commit it, the bits where you got to see the relationship between the media and the people involved was interesting. I really didn’t know how to feel about Jean though as she changed quite considerably throughout the story. The whole novel centered around what she did and didn’t know and so the end was for me a bit…i’m not sure. I’ve been thinking about this and I’m still not sure several days after having read it. But that is the sign of a book that gets you in some way – an unreliable narrator and getting inside a trial by media. This for me was the most interesting part of the novel and the fact that Fiona was such an expert on it really gave it added depth.
Date published: 2016-01-18

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#1 Globe and Mail Fiction Bestseller#1 Toronto Star Fiction BestsellerA Maclean’s Fiction BestsellerPraise for The Widow:“If you liked Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you might want to pick up The Widow by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful.”—Stephen King“Fiona Barton's The Widow is a fast-paced, heart-stopping debut. Jean Taylor--the widow--is both heroine and anti-heroine, naive and savvy, dominated and dominating; in short, utterly compelling. Sure to thrill fans of The Girl on the Train and The Husband's Secret, I raced through this in one nail-biting sitting.”—Catherine McKenzie, international bestselling author of Hidden and Smoke “A marriage is a public union, but can also act as a wall hiding an inner world of secrets. Fiona Barton's The Widow grabs hold of this insight and runs with it, twisting all the way to the end.” —Andrew Pyper, #1 bestselling author of The Demonologist and The Damned“[A] twisty tale…with a mesmerizing if unreliable narrator…that will blow your mind.”—Oprah.com“[Jean is] a fascinating puzzle…Barton knows how to ramp up tension.”—The New York Times Book Review“Gone Girl fans will relish this taut psychological thriller from Fiona Barton.”—US Weekly   “The dance between the characters is so interesting that you keep reading to learn how they reveal themselves to one another.”—Newsday  “A fast-paced, highly readable novel.”—The Washington Times “Riding the streak of humdinger, unreliably narrated mysteries started by Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, has you right where it wants you from the start.”—The Chicago Tribune“A twisted psychological thriller you’ll have trouble putting down.”—People “Switching between various vantage points—The Reporter, The Detective, The Mother—and hopscotching across timelines, Barton skillfully loops her narrative noose...a smartly crafted, compulsively readable tale about the lies people tell each other, and themselves, when the truth is the last thing they really want to know.”—Entertainment Weekly  “A gripping psychological thriller that looks beneath the surface of a crime, and sheds brilliant light on the victims, perpetrator, the police, and everyone else involved.”—Huffington Post“Barton has written a compelling look inside a horrible crime. While it could be devoured in one heart-stopping gulp, this is a book best savoured slowly, with the time to luxuriate in the myriad carefully placed details—even an act so automatic as picking up a piece of litter will eventually have a major impact later in the saga”—Maclean’s   “Clever and creepy, this English first novel has the shape of a stealth bestseller, another Girl on the Train perhaps.”—Toronto Star   “The Widow is compelling and top-notch!”—The National Post  “Fiona Barton’s debut novel, The Widow, is being compared to Gone Girl, Before I Go To Sleep and The Girl on the Train. It’s actually better than them all.”—The Star-Telegram“It's not unusual for a "much anticipated" thriller to come along boasting of its own brilliance, with quick-sell words like "gripping" slashed across its cover. Only very rarely do these words ring true, but within the first few pages, it is clear Fiona Burton's debut The Widow is deserving of its accolades… The Widow is feminist, weighty and scarily plausible. It will haunt you.”—The Independent (UK)