For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, an electrifying thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife.
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....
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©2016 Fiona Barton (P)2016 Penguin Audio
The story was original but the subject matter could be upsetting to some. Still, it was presented tastefully without unnecessary gory details. It was realistic and gave me a lot to think about. The performances were spot on. Overall I do recommend this book, but not to somehow who would be sensitive to hard topics (I don't want to give too much away). It was worth a credit.
Great book! Very dark though.... I think it's a good thing to listen rather than read because you may not understand the British slag as well if reading.
Don't be fooled by any comparisons to 'Gone Girl' or 'The Girl on the Train' ... This is more of a slow-burn introspection into some profoundly disturbing psychosis, which is good at times, but nothing very innovative. I kept waiting for a twist that never came, unless you count a fairly obvious detail about a certain character's death that you can see coming from a mile away. As such, not what I'd call a "thriller."
Also, the detective narratives in the middle of the story are laughably outdated. The police are baffled by how chat rooms work. The fact that chat rooms and Internet porn needs to be explained to them/us goes to show how crummy they are at their job, and the author's lackluster results.
While many books try to split chapters among different point of view characters, few do it successfully. The audio version succeeds by using multiple narrators.
I imagine the people who thought this book was a good thriller do not listen/read many books. The "twist" is very obvious from the beginning of the book, and in my mind, there really wasn't any twist (or mystery or thrill) at all. There are, however, many twisted, messed up, disgusting characters, and enough of a good-paced story to have kept my interest in listening. Ultimately this is a very sad story, and although you probably won't cry, I feel it is much more tragic than thrilling. As other reviewers remarked on, it was laughable how the police were portrayed to have absolutely no knowledge of how criminals use the internet and how to perform an investigation using the internet. The rookie investigator that was "just out of University" had to explain to the lead investigator the very basics, and they went about their operation like it had never been done before by anyone. I actually rolled my eyes in some parts.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Well written and very well read. Not the most thrilling thriller but builds atmosphere and does keep you guessing. Pretty good overall.
Having recently finished "The Girl on the Train" and "The Double Bind", I wanted something in the same vein, and "The Widow" didn't disappoint. Told from various points of view read by different narrators to keep them distinct while listening, the book lends itself well to audio. It kept me guessing about the direction it would take, and I found that I was looking forward to times when I could listen so as to finish the narrative. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspenseful thrillers.
Addicted to Audible!
This was one of those stories that kept me listening but after it was over I couldn't tell you much about it. It was not terribly original and not really exciting. However, I kept listening and waiting to see what the ending would be. So for that reason if you cant find anything else you want to listen to, its not bad.However, there are probably some better options to spend your credits on!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This story will chill you to the bone and leave you wondering about your sanity -- as you won't be able to put it down after you get about 30 minutes into it. First -- the narration was just fantastic. Several narrators were used and each gave a perfect performance for the character they represented in the book. As for the story -- it was more suspenseful that I could have imagined and kept me engaged throughout. I don't want to spoil this one for anyone -- so I'll just say it is a disturbing story told from the perspective of a widow, a police inspector, a newspaper reporter and a perverted, dead husband. It will give you chills about what is out there on the internet and shake you to the core with regard to the danger young children face in a world where deviants and child molesters encourage each other in chat rooms. The subject matter of "The Widow" isn't for everyone and the psycho-suspense will stay with you long into the night, so buyer beware of this five-star listen.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
I wasn't sure I would like this, but turns out I found myself listening sort of compulsively to it. Jean Taylor is the widow of a man who has been accused of a crime that has left people shocked and sad, and turns out that--thanks to the determined press--the public isn't forgetting it, so the main characters are unable to move on with their lives.
What is quite good about the book is that it is told from the perspectives of about 5 key people, which provides the reader with clues, but often leaves one wondering about who, exactly, did commit the crime. There is a gradual unpeeling of details as various people tell pieces of the story, just up to the end. This, I think, is the strength of the book. Psychologically the reader is tantalized into being led here and there with ideas about what must have happened.
The book on another level explores the world of cyber-sex, something that is becoming increasingly pervasive with its chat rooms, easy availability and such, letting the reader see that something that seems to hurt nobody, actually has the potential to be quite dangerous, and that in itself seems a bit of a sub plot.
I very much liked the narration--using different readers for the voices of the characters. They all read very well, and enhanced the performance. I believe this was one book made better by the audible version. I think it would have been good in the written form, but the narrated version gave it much more life and tension. Almost the difference between reading a play vs hearing it acted out. I found myself wishing it was visually acted out, and wonder if it won't find its way into becoming a movie. Would be a good one. Though I didn't think the book quite merited 5 stars, I believe the author shows promise for more really good books.
My only (slight) criticism is that it began to feel tediously long toward the end. I found myself having the rare wish for an abridged version. But it is still a good book, well worth listening to!
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