Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording.
We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.
But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him?
Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.
Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.
But now Glen is dead, and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.
©2016 Fiona Barton (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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"Confession is a dangerous thing."
Great story and characters, engaging and with a realistic feel that few books achieve, the reporters side of the story feels new and three dimensional, like the inner voices of some of the characters. It feels personal, a realistic exposure of crime we read about on papers with very little background or understanding of the devastation one act can incur on so many.
The story is sad and disturbing but presented with sensitivity and understanding that it is not voyeuristic of the crime or dismissive of the victim, it builds around her and the waves her loss brings to all involved. A true psychological thriller that deepens the empathy not the violence.
It represents the police and press in realistic way with no histrionics or romanticism and humanises a crime instead instead of the usual exploitive gore that is so prevalent.
This is one of the few books I could not put down and finished it in one sitting. A true finding.
The author second books does include some of the characters in this one, yes there is more coming soon.
Didn't find it as exciting or enjoyable as others. Tad predictable. Had great reviews so was expecting more than just a straight up story. Nothing surprising, nothing that made me wonder.
"Stunning First novel"
This book is excellent and gripping from start to finish. The authenticity of the reporter is highly convincing. The psychological exploration of the "widow" is extremely well done and plausible without jargon or over simplification - much of it is left up to the reader to complete or imagine. Why would a woman stand by a man who has apparently done the most atrocious act is the central question the author sets out to explore and to my mind succeeds in providing a convincing argument. I especially liked the way in which the widow's grip on reality shifts and changes throughout the narrative. The reader is kept guessing and feels a distrust of the widow's version of events. I hope Fiona Barton will soon publish more books. The interview at the end of the book is full of insights from the narrator and the author herself. The narration is excellent and I would say it is more like listening to a dramatisation than a reading.
When a book has such hype and so many rave reviews, you question your own judgment when you can't see what all the fuss was about. There was no suspense, no atmosphere, not much of anything really. And though the reader read clearly and well, she raced through it breathlessly in a way I found tiring to listen to.
Realistic relatable characters
She gave a good performance and enhanced the story with the accents, tone and mood.
Yes, although it was easy to pick up from where you left off
"A brilliant book"
I really enjoyed listening to this book and found it hard to put down ! Clare Corbett is always a wonderful narrator.
"A promising debut"
I do wish that publishers would stop hyping novels as the next 'Gone Girl' or 'Girl on the Train' as they rarely live up to the hype. This book certainly doesn't but it is a promising, gripping debut. There is however nothing new here although it does stand out from some of the more recent 'domestic noir' novels. It is excellently read by Clare Corbett who does such a good job of keeping the reader engaged throughout.
The narrator, excellent as always
Listened to this over two sessions, couldn't stop. The narrator made everyone seem real, cracking stuff. An original viewpoint on a murder, the wife of the accused and turning her into a victim too, I'm sure it happens. Can't wait for the sequel
Would definitely recommend - started to listen not only in my car but in the house!
"Too much waffling..."
Too much waffling on about irrelevant details. I just wanted to get into the story but the author just didn't get to the point. I had to return this as it was annoying me. Maybe the story gets good in the end ... But it will certainly test your patience.
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