The Good Widow – Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

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Date: 2017

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When Jacks (short for Jaqueline) receives the news that her husband has died in a car crash in Maui she has to ask her self two questions: 1. What on earth was he doing in Maui? and 2. Who was the woman in the car with him? Not only does her husband’s death tear her life apart, but she has to face the realisation that he was not the man she thought he was.

Who doesn’t love a good-ol domestic psychological thriller. The Good Widow does not fail to disappoint and I have to say, there is something slightly perverse about reading about other people’s scandalous and damaged relationships, its exciting in a weird, messed up kind of way.

I don’t often like to read about death and grieving… not in the ‘real’ kind of way but Liz and Lisa depict Jacks emotions perfectly, carefully balancing grieving widow and angry wife. I also liked the way the novel flits back and forth between ‘before’ and ‘after’ the car crash. The ‘before’ narrative allows us to explore Jacks husband James’ personality. His charm, his allure and ultimately the reason behind his broken marriage.

And oh! We can’t forget about Nick the Firefighter… but that’s all I’m going to say!

This really was an intriguing read. I’d recommend this for an evening curled up on the sofa or in the garden when you need a break from the working day.

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