My review of The Widow by Fiona Barton

I loved this book – gripped me from the first chapter – a real psychological thriller – and can’t believe its the author’s debut – its very, very good.

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 her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…
But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

I knew that I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the tag line – how much did the wife know?  Surely in cases like this they have to notice a change in behaviour in the husband, how can you not know? Well this book was great, covered and answered all the questions I had and gripped me that much I read it in a few hours over one sitting a truly excellent debut – one of the best debut novels I’ve read – 5 stars