Looking for something to read over the weekend ?
Nothing on your book radar that is screaming ‘read me’?
Take a look at my Friday Favorite. It may be new. It may be old. It may be written by a famous author, or by someone you have never heard of. But wherever in the spectrum it falls, it will be a book that is special to me, one that has captured both my imagination and my heart.
EXCERPT:…..”He was there one minute giving me grief about what sort of cereal I should’ve bought, and the next, dead on the road…..Not much blood though. He would’ve been glad. He didn’t like any sort of mess.”
ABOUT THIS BOOK: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…
MY THOUGHTS: Put simply – I loved this book!
Jean’s husband Glen, a cold controlling man with a penchant for porn, is accused of abducting Bella
Elliot the gorgeous toddler daughter of Donna. Jean, ever the dutiful wife, stands by her man despite the things she discovers about him along the way.
After Glen’s death, everyone wants to talk to ‘the widow’, sure she knows more than she let on, hopeful that she will reveal all now that Glen is not there to control her.
The dispassionate style of writing only serves to emphasise the awfulness of what has happened. All the time I was reading I could feel a sinister undercurrent – like there was something going on that I was unaware of; that Jean (or Jeanie as she is sometimes), knew or had done something that she wasn’t telling us about. But until the end, I had no idea what it was. I became immersed in this book, totally. I wanted to get to the end to find out what happens, but I wanted it never to end.
This is a beautifully written debut book and I look forward to reading more from Fiona Barton.
THE AUTHOR: My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist – senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.
But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.
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.
It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.
Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow is available now in the UK, and around the world in the coming months.
However, the sudden silence of my characters feels like a reproach and I am currently working on a second book.
My husband and I are living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Sparky, crowing. (
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press for providing an ARC of this book for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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