The Widow by Fiona Barton: a review and after-thoughts on a must-read thriller

The Widow is a psychological thriller that unfolds with the reader getting to know the events after everything has happened. It’s essentially narrated backwards – at least until the end when it gets back to the present and fires its impressive blow for a killer closing.

At the center of the novel is the widow of a man, Glen Taylor, who was accused of having done “unimaginable evil”, while his then wife, now widow, and stood by his side, telling the world he was innocent.

Narrated from three perspectives – the widow, the reporter who interviews the widow, and the detective who investigated the case at the center of the novel.

The nosy reporter, Kate Waters, is the only one that gets access to Jean Taylor in order to let her tell her side of the story. There’s also the detective – Bob Sparkes (trust me, you will like this person).

How the novel is narrated adds suspense and tension to it: We as readers know bits about the past and the present and yet we don’t know enough, which is why it’s a killer for a page-turner.

The Widow by Fiona Barton is a unique psychological thriller that starts at a very unique point in the story: when everything has taken place and we just turn pages to read the history, from the eyes of three different people who don’t necessarily talk about the present (some narrate the past).

This is a psychological thriller with a main character, finally letting the world know what her husband did or didn’t do. The suspense keeps you gripped while you get to know likeable and dislikeable characters without really knowing what they are capable of until the very end.

The Widow is nothing like The Girl on the Train or the Gone Girl – it’s far better than either (the former was too much “literary” anyway).

I can promise you, The Widow won’t disappoint you, if you pick up and start reading it.


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