The Widow, by Fiona Barton
This book had a lot of hype, and I was really looking forward to reading it, and a debut novel from a new author is always exciting. The Widow tells the story of the search for a child abductor/killer over a four year period.
It is told from the point of view of the mother, the police, the reporter, and the possible abductor’s wife. Surprisingly, with all of these people telling the story and jumping back and forth over the long time frame, nothing gets confused. The author handled this very well.
Jean Taylor stands by her husband Glen when he is suspected of abducting 2-year old Bella. This book shows the rather twisted marriage of a submissive hairdresser and her sleazy husband. She keeps his secrets, and he keeps hers. But when he is killed in the street, will her story change?
The idea was good, the writing was good. However, I think it ended up dragging on a little long, and the excitement waned.
Favorite quote from The Widow: “It’s a strange feeling, owning a secret. It’s like a stone in my stomach, crushing my insides and making me feel sick every time I think of it.”