The Widow Fiona Barton

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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 her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife 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.


The Widow is an engrossing provocative read and one that will have your mind whirling.

Is Jean Taylor a ‘simple’ controlled wife or is she a strong silent character that everyone underestimates?

Disgusted by the revelations that are divulged about her shining knight of a husband after he is accused of abducting a small child, she finally holds all the cards and is willing to tell her side of the story that has followed them around for the last few years.

Finding out what she knows, is the basis of this brilliant and truly engaging debut by Fiona Barton. It is, in my opinion, ‘up there’ with Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. I predict it to be on the best-sellers list of 2016.

Fascinating in its content and fabulously researched, it makes dramatic reading and is one I shall be recommending for everyone to read. If I am honest I didn’t much like the ending. I would have liked it to be a bit more thrilling, although it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the novel and like I have said, that’s just me.

Jean and Glen are fabulous characters, and are such as the ones we encounter in our lives every day, just normal and unassuming people. They are completely plausible and ordinary, but they are also chilling and somewhat calculating. Everything they do and say seems to be a carefully put together image for the outside world.

I cannot wait for Fionas next offering, I can imagine it can only get more  superb.




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