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The Widow by Fiona Barton | Book Review

I was enthralled by this thriller. Yes, I figured out the mystery relatively quickly during my time with The Widow, but I was still captivated by Barton’s fantastic prose. The plot centers on a woman named Jean, whose husband just died in a bizarre accident. The kicker? He had previously been charged with abducting a young girl and with having child pornography (and I also liked the fact that Barton explored the negative effects of porn in general, which not enough people cover). Reporters are hounding Jean, and she decides to let one sympathetic journalist into her home to finally hear her side of the story.

I enjoyed the multiple perspectives, and how everyone wasn’t a clear-cut saint. The case is pretty easy to solve if you pay attention to what is going on, and some elements are rehashed too many times. Still, The Widow is a captivating mystery that is definitely worth checking out, and covers heavy material with grace and hard facts.

VERDICT: 3.5/5

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