Book Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton

February 15, 2017

in Books


The Widow has been compared to Gone Girl just about everywhere that books are talked about. So of course, I NEEDED to read this book.

While this is an interesting thriller and does have some twists and turns, I think the comparison to Gone Girl is unearned.

Jeannie is our main character. A mouse of a woman who stood by her husband even though he was accused of a terrible crime, kidnapping and murdering a two year old girl. But now her husband is dead. And she wants to tell her story.

I enjoyed this book, but I never felt fully engaged in the story. It wasn't a page turner I couldn't put down. And I think that is for two reasons. One – Jeannie is so mousy and I just can't get on board with her. I don't feel any empathy for her. She is an unlikeable heronie. Two – There was a lack of surprise throughout the book. Every twist, every turn was predictable.

This is a nice, watered-down thriller. Some of the minor characters were my favorites, like Eileen, the detective's wife and Kate, the reporter. If you are looking for an easy, lazy Sunday read, then this is a great choice. If you are looking for the next Gone Girl, this just can't compare.

3 Stars

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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