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,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780143197607
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 10, 2019

Excellent book in its genre. Very well written. Terrific characters. Very plausible plot. Combination of a missing child and the people involved in finding that child. Each chapter presents the view from one of the individuals, like the mother, the detective, the reporter, the suspect and the suspect's wife.

bookishdl Nov 19, 2018

An addictive read. Needed to keep focused on the timeline as it jumps around quite a bit but it built in tension as it progressed. Characters were well developed to the point that I really didn't like Jeanie or the revolting Glen. Ending just felt a little rushed but I was hooked all the way through.

Aug 03, 2018

Where do I begin? First of all, this was not a thriller by any stretch of the imagination. Nor was it suspenseful. (I'm disappointed in your blurb, Stephen King!) Having said that, until the end of the book it wasn't as disappointing as I was afraid it was going to be. I found the ending to be flat-out silly, bringing my three star rating down to two. I was totally expecting a twisty ending but there were no twists anywhere to be found...

Mar 13, 2018

This novel's topic of a criminal case leads people to think that it fits in the Suspense genre, but it really doesn't. We know from the beginning that the primary suspect doesn't go to prison, and common sense tells us that the child isn't discovered alive and unharmed at the end. Really, the novel simply explores how such a case weighs on the people surrounding it, those other than the criminal and his victim. The book drags a bit, but it's very well written and fairly entertaining.

Jcheng1234 Mar 07, 2018

A psychological thriller with a crime to solve in a British setting. The story was narrated by three characters. The widow who was supportive of a husband suspected of kidnapping and murdering a child, the reporter who was eager to get the exclusive interview with the widow and the detective who desperately wanted to find the killer. Now that the husband was killed in a car accident, they hoped the widow would tell the truth. It is a mystery with a slow buildup of suspense and lots of description of the deviants and psychopaths. Interesting but kind of dark to read!

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.

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.

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?

Sep 22, 2017

very suspenseful, well-written

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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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