The Widow

The Widow

A Novel

Book - 2016
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We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the woman who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But now Glen is dead and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Penguin, c2016.
ISBN: 9780143197607
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 23 cm

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heavenne
Jan 24, 2018

***Possible spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned***

For just one split second I almost thought Bella was alive somewhere because a part of me was hoping she was. Nope. What it was, instead was Jeanie’s poor tormented mind and the result of being emotionally manipulated by Glen all this time.

You couldn’t help but feel for Jeanie throughout this book. You could already tell from the beginning that she was being mentally and emotionally abused by Glen. That takes its’ toll and added with the fact that she wanted children and Glen’s got some pretty sick and twisted tastes, well that’s not going to work out now is it. So I do sympathize with Jeanie. It wasn’t until the last third of the book where she finally starts becoming her own person away from Glen, but by that point the damage is already done to her mentally. It’s sad to see. I can see why people were hating on her since she’s could have spoken out and told the police everything. Thing is, since Glen had this emotional power over her, it’s hard to overcome. You can’t help but feel frustrated but helpless at the same time when it comes to Jeanie.

I enjoyed reading the different points of view throughout the book although Jeanie takes up the bulk of the novel. The other point of view from the Police was also well done and you can see how much it takes it’s toll on everyone emotionally and mentally.

The only character I don’t have much of a like for is Kate. I understand she’s doing her job but it just seems heartless at the same time since it feels like she’s doing it at the expense of Jeanie. So I’m glad Jeanie finally grew a backbone - albeit a bit too late.

The plot was good and well done. I can’t imagine how it would feel for those that have gone through this similar ordeal. It’s tiring on all sides and by the end of the book you’re also feeling the emotional and mental drain. It was an enjoyable read though. It definitely had me turning the pages and I do recommend this to those who like a good mystery/drama.

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jpm232000
Jan 01, 2018

I thought it was fantastic-loved the writing and the storyline. I'm also attracted to books set in the UK, so that was a bonus for me.

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susan_findlay
Sep 30, 2017

I really don't understand why this book is so highly rated. Admittedly, Barton creates interesting characters and her writing is quite easy to read (barring an annoying tendency to jump back and forth between first and third person narrators). But this is allegedly a mystery novel. There ought to be suspense. There ought to be twists and turns. Something ought to be thrilling or at least surprising. Nothing is. It's just a mundane walk through a rather horrible topic.*

I read this after reading her next offering, The Child. At least The Child had a plot twist, even if you could see it coming a mile away. The Widow had nothing. It's not a bad book, but there are so many better books out there that you'd be better off reading one of them.

*I read true crime. The fact that this was about the investigation of a missing toddler was not why I didn't get into this book.

CRRL_MegRaymond Sep 25, 2017

Now that her husband is dead, Jean no longer has to play supportive wife to a not-nice husband. But will she tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

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kirpet
Sep 22, 2017

very suspenseful, well-written

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Sara0113
Aug 24, 2017

Excellent book!!! Loved the story and twists it took, very well written. A little hard to keep track of where you are in the story because each chapter is a different character and date, but overall very good. Can't wait to read her next one.

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winykittygirl
Jul 26, 2017

Excellent book!!!

JCLHeatherB Jul 05, 2017

Very predictable. Lacks the plot twists or surprises one expects from a good mystery or thriller. I was also unimpressed with the characterizations. No one seemed to have much of a personality, and I was surprised that the main character, The Widow, was only in her 30s. She seemed like she was about 60 years old. Maybe the very 1990s approach to technology contributed to that, too.

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phyllis1948
Jun 20, 2017

This story could have been told in half the pages. The story went back and in forth in time and character focus but none of the characters were well-developed. In the end the outcome was exactly what I expected from the beginning.

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The_Queen_SS
Jun 08, 2017

I'm surprised I finished this book. No likeable characters, esp. the husband who has a thing for young (very young) children. No redemption at the end of the book either. Skip it.

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Jan 03, 2017

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siammarino May 12, 2016

Jean is brainwashed by her husband to keep quiet about his child pornography, but when he dies after abducting and killing a toddler named Bella, she breaks free of his grip. Exciting to the last page. A good psychological thriller.

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