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Publisher's Summary

From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…

Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.

Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.

But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?

©2018 Eliza Maxwell (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Speechless

This was my first time listening the one of the authors 📚. I was so pulled to the narrator 's excellent voice of each person in the book! Between her and this story I fought with myself to stop listening at that time. OMG.. I was drawn so deep into the story! I was drawn in deeper and deeper as the story unfolded. Not thinking that it would pull me deeper, but it did!!
This book was excellent!
The Author is captivating! Fantastic AUTHOR!!!

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I don't understand all the high ratings

I kept waiting for a mystery or something to emerge to make me care about what was going on. It seriously takes until at least Chapter 20 for this book to turn into something even mildly interesting, because until then it's just us (the readers) following around a suicidal and barely communicative Jenna as she grieves for her husband and children. And oh what fun, she's also got a once precocious and now sarcastic teenage daughter scolding her in her head. Add to that the utter joy of Jenna being trapped in a crappy little "town" in Minnesota with a 70-something cranky old man who's also dealing with a lot of tragedy and loss. How is this a recipe for success?

This book has such high ratings, and even after reading through the reviews here in Goodreads, I can't figure out why! I feel like everyone else read a different book than I did, one that was interesting, with great characters, and a rich story. I didn't get any of that out of The Widow's Watcher.

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This is my favorite domestic thriller 2018

I literally listened to this story all day. I've been blessed with a few exceptional "reads" this year. Psychological thriller, not horror. Woman loses entire family in plane crash and takes their ashes and intends to die with them. She is saved by an older, grumpy man with a painful mystery in his past; and a cast of characters so real, I forgot they were fiction. The best "trinket" is the women (main character) sometimes hears her teenage daughter talking to her;.No paranormal elements. I can't say anything else without giving story elements away. 5/5 stars!

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Riveting!

I found this story painful then healing which I am so grateful for.
It made me face my own sorrow and loss. A fascinating mystery
Taking unsuspecting turns reminding us to appreciate what we have every day and not assume what appears is always what it seems.
It teaches that we are stronger than we know.......have faith.

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A total 5 star audiobook

This was my first book by the author and I absolutely loved it. I have listened to many books narrated by Angela Dawe and I have to say this was her best. The author and narrator complemented each other. I agree with the reviewer before mine that the story kept drawing me deeper and deeper and I could not put it down until the end.

This is now in my favorite books list. I know I will listen to it again and again.

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Tissues!!!

This though heartbreaking is such a touching story. If it doesn't pull at your heartstrings, I dare say you don't have a heart at all..

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Wow

This book pierced my heart. So beautifully written. Beautifully narrated. I love how the book ended snd how she tied it all together. This is a new favorite of mine. I love the theme of forgiveness - for others and for ourselves. This book will be listened to, and read, again and again.

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Excellent

Every Maxwell novel that I’ve read is a treasure. My mother and I read them at the same time and love discussing the characters and stories like a mini book club. Great writing!

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Never would I have ever expected this...

First listen for this author. The title was a bit misleading for me and certainly not what I expected. Spoiler alert: When it first starts I am thinking this is way too depressing and I wasn't sure I would finish but I kept going and I am very glad I did. This was a very complex story of immense grief from a young widow who has lost her entire family and a senior curmudgeon who is grieving his lost daughter and son and dealing with a wife who is in a mental care facility.

There was constant interest from the ways this story took place and the ways they were able to overcome grief that makes one want to give up.

Give it try and stick it out!

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Excellent!!

This is the fourth Eliza Maxwell book that I've "binged listened" to. She's my new favorite author!! This book was awesome!!

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  • Miss K Wilkinson
  • 09-13-20

Very good read

Good but sad story, that twist and turns, narration really good
Would definitely recommend, left me wanting to know more all way through

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  • clare fiona dempsey
  • 07-07-18

Mum moment of peace

Got it on audio book, had a few late night's listening to it, was extremely seductive to listen to the more you got into the storyline and characters.