Review: The Widow

Thanking for joining me! Today,  I bring you the #1 International Bestseller, The Widow.

The Widow


When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that 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…

Length: 336 Pages

Publisher: NAL

Release Date: February 16, 2016

About the Author

Fiona Barton trains and works with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. Born in Cambridge, England, she currently lives in southwest France. The Widow is her first novel.


Despite the hype I was hearing about The Widow, I have to admit that I was skeptical about this one. I have read several books recently with the tag line “How well do you know your husband?” I was afraid this one wouldn’t be much different.

Thankfully, this book offers a new twist. Instead of the typical plot of the wife being uncertain if her husband wants to kill her, the question is, “Did the husband do what he is accused of, and if he did…how much did his wife know?” This is an interesting question because I hear in the news of men who lead double lives, or read stories of men in the mafia, and it always makes me wonder if their significant other realized what kind of person they were married to.

But as interesting as this question is, I felt that the story lacked connection. While I feel it had a lot of potential, I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. Their personalities were flat, and yet their moods shifted from one extreme to the other. And this wasn’t just with one character. It was with at least three of them. This wasn’t helped by the fact that the story constantly shifted points of view, as well as from past to present, and back again.

So, do I recommend this book? Yes, I think I do. It was an interesting thriller. But I didn’t love it. For a thriller, the pace was  bit slow for my taste. I am going to give it 3 out of 5 Stars.


Language: 3

Swearing littered throughout the book, including some uses of the F-word

Violence: 0

No violence

Sexual: 3

References to sexual situations  as well as references to sexually abusing children. There are no graphic situations.


The Widow is now available digitally, in paperback, hardback, and on audible. You can purchase it by clicking on the image below.

Happy Reading!