The Widow by Fiona Barton

My Copy of the Book

Year Published: 2016
Genre: Suspense; Thriller

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…

About 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 a Sunday Times bestseller, has been sold to 29 countries and is available now in the US and will be published 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.

Connect with the Author:
Author Website: Fiona Barton Author Website

My Take on the Book:
The things that Glen Taylor does when he gets questioned by the police seemed suspicious. I found both Jean and Glen Taylor to be unlikable characters with their 'obsessions/addictions'. I ended up giving this a four star rating.

Last Word:
I've been wanting to read this book for awhile; and once I got to the end of the book, for me it fell a little bit flat. I feel that there could have been more done with this book, the characters explored more fully. But unfortunately that didn't happen. Nevertheless, even though I gave this book a four star rating, when the next book comes out, I definitely plan on getting and reading it.