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review 2019-01-28 23:21
The Widow by Fiona Barton
The Widow - Fiona Barton
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I thought this book was really well done. I have had this book for several years but never got around to reading for one reason or another. When I noticed that a copy of the audiobook was available and it featured a large cast of narrators, I decided it was time to see what this book was all about. I was hooked by the story right away and there were times that I didn't want to put it down. I really did enjoy this book in the end.

This is a book that jumps around in time a bit with several different points of view. I think that the way the book was set up helped to add to the mystery. From the start of the book, I had an idea of where things might go but I was never quite sure. This is a rather sad book in a lot of ways largely because the story felt so realistic and a crime against a small child is at its core. How many little boys and girls go missing every year without a lot to go on? It happens all too often based on what I see on my local news. I wanted a happy ending in this book (don't I always?) but I got a more realistic one instead.

Much of this story is told from Jean's point of view. We hear from her both during her marriage to Glen and after his death. I wasn't quite sure if she was hiding something or covering for her husband. Was she the clueless wife, was she involved, was he an innocent man? I can't really say that I really liked Jean but I did feel somewhat sympathetic to her at times. Then there's the reporter who was probably one of the more likable characters in the book. She wants the story but is pretty competent in her quest to find answers. The detective was determined to solve this case. It was the one that kept him up at night and he was willing to do what needed to be done to get some resolution. We do hear from Bella's mother and Glen and while those points of view are short they are powerful.

There are quite a few narrators that lend their voices to this audiobook and I thought that they all did a great job with the story. The bulk of the work fell on just a few narrators since most of the story was told from their character's point of view. I found all of the narrators to be easy to listen to and I believe that their performances added to my enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers. I think that this story felt very authentic and the way the story was presented kept me guessing. I wouldn't hesitate to read more of this author's work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.

Initial Thoughts
This one did keep me guessing. I wasn't quite sure what happened to Bella until it was revealed. I had a pretty good idea but there was enough doubt thrown into the story that I wasn't really sure. The book does jump around in time a bit but I think that the way it was done added to the mystery. I can't say that I really liked any of the characters but I was somewhat sympathetic towards Jean and I didn't dislike any of the key players either. This was a sad story in so many ways largely because crimes like this happen way too often in our world. I thought that everything was really very plausible. The narration was very well done. There is a rather large cast of narrators for this book with each reading the parts of the book from their assigned character's point of view. The bulk of the story was done by just a couple of the narrators and I think that the whole cast did a nice job.

 

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review 2019-01-24 18:36
widow meets lord
A Lord for the Wallflower Widow - Ann Le... A Lord for the Wallflower Widow - Ann Lethbridge

Carrie was widowed by the Napoleonic Wars. As were her fellow two widows, they live in a house that was part of the family estate.They decide to try to earn their own way, their husbands having spent all the money, leaving them just existing. They decide to try to earn something and they set up a milnery shop. Lord Avery works as an escort for discontented women to help them get their husband's attention, he also gambles to try to help his disowned sister.

It was sweet and charming and well done, I liked how the characters sparked off each other and how they dealt with some of the issues before marrying. They entered marriage knowing that was what they wanted and actually talked honestly with each other.

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review 2019-01-02 04:18
The Widow by Fiona Barton
The Widow - Fiona Barton

A thoroughly engaging mystery/thriller concerning a missing little girl, the prime suspect who suddenly dies in an accident, and the one person who may hold the key to what truly happened...the suspect's widow.
Expertly weaving between the past and the present, through the viewpoints of the grieving mother of the missing child, the man suspected of the kidnapping, his widow, the detective who has dedicated his career to the case, and an investigative reporter willing to do anything to capture the headlines, the story grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the final page.
And it kept me guessing the entire way.
A truly remarkable debut novel. I'll be back for more.
Highly recommended.

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text 2019-01-02 01:14
My January TBR (New Releases)
Flights of Fancy - Jen Turano
The Paragon Hotel - Lyndsay Faye
An Orchestra of Minorities - Chigozie John Obioma
The Only Woman in the Room - Marie Benedict
The Winter of the Witch - Katherine Arden
Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow - Lucy Worsley
The last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who fled Mao's Revolution - Helen Zia
The Wartime Sisters - Lynda Cohen Loigman
We Cast a Shadow - Carlos Ruffin
House of Stone - Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

For the last year I've become very picky about what I choose to read. I believe I'm very sure about my likes and dislikes at this point. I'm a Literary Fiction and Historical Gal. I really want to read my own books, but have bitten off more than I can chew, in past years, in requests. 

 

Going forward, perusing book websites to acquire more books will be in my past. I want to concentrate on reading what I've already obtained. My concentration will be put on the social media sites that are more of my lane and those are Goodreads and Booklikes. I'm a recovering Instagram scroller and Youtube time waster. This year I will have more focus and drive for what inspires me and allows me to thrive.

 

 

January 1

 

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

 

January 8

 

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

 

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozi Obioma

 

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benendict

 

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

 

Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow by Lucy Worsley

 

January 22

 

Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia

 

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman

 

The Orphan Sisters by Shirley Dickson

 

January 29

 

We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

 

House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

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text 2018-11-01 23:08
Review On Netgalley- Meridian Chronicles Black Widow Curse & The Coven
Meridian Chronicles Black Widow Curse & The Coven - MD Fryson

https://www.netgalley.com/pub/amfpublishing

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