Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The grieving widow receives a visit from an empathetic news reporter and the two sit down to tea.  However, the widow is no fool, and she knows that the reporter has ulterior motives.  She is an investigative journalist, after all, working on the story of a lifetime.  The widow’s husband was no saint, and the reporter wants to know about secrets he may have been hiding (and so does the rest of the world, judging by the throngs of reporters camped out in the front yard).  Exactly who was this dead man and why is everyone so interested in his background?

The Widow by Fiona Barton is promoted as a thriller that is similar to the bestseller The Girl on the Train.  Both stories are set in modern-day England and both have chapters that are dedicated to different characters’ points of view.  In The Widow, the story begins in the present day, then flashes back to the recent past, and works its way back up to the present.  We slowly find out exactly who the dead man was and what sorts of unsavory activities he had been up to.  Along the way, we are also introduced to the mother of a missing young girl, and the detective who is bound and determined to find out what happened to her.  It certainly seems as if the dead man may have some sort of connection to the little girl’s disappearance….but how can it be proven?  And just how much did the man’s widow know, or was she just as innocent as she seems to be?

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