#FuturisticFriday: The Widow by Fiona Barton

the widow

Photo Credit: NAL 2/16/16

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Widow

Jean is a widow. Her husband of many years has recently died- and as Jean looks around the house, their life, the reporters that still come around wanting to talk to her- she wonders what her next step should be.

Jean knows this- she’s in control of the story from now on.

Will Jean reveal the truth? The truth that the town, the community is begging for?

Maybe she will, maybe she won’t.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I had high hopes for The Widow. Maybe too high.

I couldn’t really decide what to think about Jean- was she an unreliable narrator? Was she an emotionally abused woman who was getting her first taste of freedom? Or was Jean the ultimate controller- pulling strings all along, making people see what they want to see?

In the end, I finished it. I wasn’t too surprised by some of what was revealed during the book (although some of it gave me the ick feeling!)

I kept waiting for the big twist, the ending that would shock me and make me say OMG. And it just never came (for me!) I know some people will fault the book being compared to Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train- and to a point, people are right- how many books can be compared to those? Because, when I hear Gone Girl- my mind begins searching over every word. I take nothing for face value.

I know (judging from the Goodreads reviews) that tons of people LOVED this book. I can’t really put my finger on the why I didn’t LOVE it. I liked it, for the most part. I finished it. I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the writing, per se- more like this book was like crawfish etouffee- it had all the ingredients that make it a good, but someone didn’t put enough spice (or the big twist that I was dying for!)

Bottom line: For me- it was just ok. I didn’t love it nor hate it.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

*The Widow is a February Futuristic Friday selection by T @ Traveling With T.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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4 thoughts on “#FuturisticFriday: The Widow by Fiona Barton

  1. I really liked this one but I haven’t read Gone Girl. Or Girl on a Train. I agree with your whole synopsis about Jean controlling the narrative as unreliable and being formerly controlled. Sorry it was a let down for you. I hate that.

    • I completely loved Gone Girl. I read it before the hype got so big and thought it was fabulous. I read Girl on a Train much later and liked it- didn’t love it. I can’t decide if I hyped up The Widow too much in my head or what- but it was just NOT the book that I thought it would be. Oh well- can’t like them all, right?

    • YES!!!!! I’m glad someone else is with me on the no OMG moment. Gross factor (ewwwwwww!) but that big shocking reveal that I wanted, no CRAVED- was nowhere to be found. SUCH a let down!

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