The Widow - Fiona Barton

The Widow

By Fiona Barton

  • Release Date: 2016-02-16
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Size: 3.14 MB
Score: 4
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“A twisted psychological thriller you’ll have trouble putting down.”—People

“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

Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife.

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 her husband is dead, and 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...

An NPR Best Book of the Year
One of The Wall Street Journal’s 5 “Killer Books” of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Includes a Readers Guide and an excerpt of Fiona Barton’s The Child


  • The Widow

    By 1KBA
    Excellent read!
  • Disturbing topic but well done

    By NYYazFan
    It’s a difficult subject but well written. I read it in a day as I had to know how it was going to end. The reporter Kate is in at least one other book found at the end of this one another difficult subject. I’m going to follow this author.
  • Often hard to follow

    By HMF14
    There were slightly too many viewpoints and too many timelines in the structure that made it difficult to follow. Many parts were also too disturbing to enjoy, even for the mystery. The resolution also was not satisfying and I still was unclear on how it’d been resolved. However, the first half of the book was quite strong and engaging. Worth a read nonetheless, if you enjoy the psychological thriller genre.
  • Lots of handwringing, little character development

    By j_v_b_33
    One of those books I forced myself to finish because I paid for it. Wished for “more” the whole time I was reading: more plot development (don’t tell me you didn’t figure all of it out within the first 20 pages) , more character development (I couldn’t connect with a single one), more. . .twists? Intrigue? It read like it was supposed to be suspenseful when you actually knew what happened right from the start.
  • Kept waiting for it to pick up

    By rickythebear222
    It moved slow.
  • Brilliantly constructed

    By Susycm
    I can't put this book in a category with others billed as psychological thrillers. It is unique. The story is complex and the characters are carefully and thoroughly developed. If you are looking for a quick read with a sudden surprise ending, this isn't it. It takes patience and thought to appreciate it. I loved it.
  • Not my favorite

    By t!aylor!
    Took me a while to get through it. Pretty disturbing. Characters weren’t too likeable
  • Pretty good

    By Sgonzales7686
    It was slow and a bit different but still really good.
  • A creepy contemporary thriller

    By rokinrev
    [I Won this book from the publisher via GoodReads. In no way did it affect my review, which is voluntary] "I think that the trouble is that she's been stuck between what she knows and what she wants to believe" This is a contemporary thriller told through the perspectives of the four main players in the story: Jean the Widow, Kate the reporter, Sparks the detective and Dawn, the mother. When the story opens, Jean has just become a widow with a quirky view of life. Her husband is involved in a contemporary issue that haunted him beyond the grave and the question becomes can anyone actually prove it? The psychology around his controlling the situation causes Jean a bit of a brake with reality, and effects everyone differently, which is why this is so fascinating. I was both compelled and horrified with this story, like an auto accident you gawk at across the interstate. You want to look away, but our nature makes it virtually impossible. And with the four separate voices, you get a bit of an overload of information that,when the conclusion appears, you have a serious book hangover.
  • Couldn't put it down

    By BPF72
    Although the book had it's slow moments it definitely kept me guessing throughout. I thought the author did a good job taking a touchy subject and telling a story about it in a way that was not at all graphic or hard to read. Wish some of the middle had been exchanged for a more detailed ending, but overall I would recommend.