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review 2017-08-25 20:32
Beyond Dolls & Guns: 101 Ways to Help Children Avoid Gender Bias - Susan Hoy Crawford,Crawford, Susan Hoy Crawford, Susan Hoy

This book has some good information on the basics of gender bias. It was written in the 90's so some of the information is a bit out of date, but (sadly), most of it is still very relevant today. Crawford did a good job focusing on various topics such as issues for boys, sexist language, and how to cope. I did like the appendixes in the book which were "Nonbiased, Inclusive Language", "Research Summaries" (on girls and boys), and "Famous Women in History". This first focuses on problems with language used and replacement words, which was very helpful. I also enjoyed the last appendix, which give brief information on a variety of women (not just white women). Overall, a good read with some important information, if a little bit out of date.

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review 2016-09-15 02:59
Review: The Other Widow by Susan Crawford
The Other Widow: A Novel - Susan Crawford

Quick review for a quick read. To be honest, this is the first time in a while that I've read a book that let me down so much to expectation that I don't know what to really say. "The Other Widow" has an intriguing premise, and there are points when it seems to build towards something greater and more substantial. But each and every time it builds to that point, it pulls back like it wants to undo the tension established and really doesn't provide anything but false punches. I was fine trading between the POV points of Dorrie (the other woman), Karen (the wife), and Maggie (the insurance investigator who's former cop but suffers from PTSD). The emotions are real, the way that the presentation rolls from that is not for the most part. In the aftermath of the death of Joe, whose accident raises questions as to whodunit and why, these three ladies scramble to pick up pieces of their lives in different ways. Dorrie struggles to cope with the death of the man she loved while at the same time salvaging her own home life, keeping her secrets her own, and struggling against an unknown stalker.

Similarly, Karen struggles to come to terms with her husband's infidelity, his failing company and secrets, and wonders about the presence of a man who re-enters her life for the first time in a while. Maggie struggles between the life she left behind and the one she's living with now, as this case unveils more questions about what happened to Joe.

To be honest, the journey getting to the end started out interesting enough, but then became very clunky as it moved forward. I kept wondering "When are these threads tying together and why are the characters feeling more hollow in presentation as the story moves forward? It doesn't make sense considering this is supposed to be a psychological suspense and really draw upon the fears, insecurities and terror of not only a murderer being on the loose, but also coping with Joe's death."

Crawford seemed to rush the ending to heck and back trying to tie those ends together, but in the conclusion of things, it felt very empty and poorly presented.

In the end, I wish it could've been more than what it was.

Overall score: 2/5 stars.

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review 2016-05-05 15:00
The Other Widow
The Other Widow: A Novel - Susan Crawford

Dorrie was in the car with Joe the night his car skidded off the icy road and hit a tree. She doesn't want anyone to know she was there, that she was having an affair with her boss. She wants to keep her job and her family intact. So she flees.

Joe's wife, Karen, knew he was cheating but she didn't know who with. Now that she's on her own she can't shake the feeling that she's being watched.

Maggie Devlin is the insurance investigator handling Joe's claim, but she's suspicious - a man dies shortly after buying a big life insurance policy. The former cop can't help but dig around to see if she can figure out what really happened the night of the accident.

I was so looking forward to reading this. It was good, but it wasn't as gripping and fast-paced as I was hoping it would be. It was all kind of anticlimactic and when I thought back to the book the word that came to mind was "forgettable"

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review 2016-04-05 09:19
The Other Widow
The Other Widow: A Novel - Susan Crawford
ISBN:  978-0-06-236288-9
Publisher:  HarperCollins 
Publication Date:  4/26/2016
Format:  Paperback 
My Rating: 4.5  Stars
A special thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Susan Crawford returns following her riveting debut The Pocket Wife landing on my Top Books of 2015 "Best Eye-Catching Cover and Best psycho- contemporary debut "(Bipolar),with:
THE OTHER WIDOW three women connected by tragedy—an exploration into the dark secrets of marriages, a mystery of domestic psychological suspense-lies, infidelity, obsession and betrayal.
A delicious "Chick Noir" exploring fears and anxieties of women. The dark side of relationships, intimate danger- do you really ever know your husband or partner?

Set in Boston in the cold winter, we meet three women --flashing back and forth with different perspectives:

Dorrie: Grabbing a cup of hot chocolate at Starbucks, she is now in the Audi with Joe (her boss) of Home Runs Renovations. Black ice, slick roads, cold winter night---after a desperate phone call on his burner phone—he wanted to meet. He is ending their affair. “It isn’t safe.” The car spins out of control, blood. She is frantic and hears her mom’s voice in her head, to leave.  She grabs her burner phone and calls 911. Torn, decides it is best to leave the scene. Around the corner she hears voices, sirens, people. She makes sure the ambulance, cops and the EMTs arrive.

Joe is dead. She was there. She also has a daughter and a husband. A life. She has to do what she what she can to hold on to her life, if it means walking away from the wrecked car and the man she loved. She drops her burner phone in the trash. She sees the driver side of the door is open? All of a sudden she sees a car headed toward her. She slips and falls and keeps running through the night.

Karen: Joe’s wife---She and friend Alice have just finished a late dinner at a restaurant near Alice’s small bookstore. A snow storm. She admits to her friend-- she suspects Joe is having an affair. She has read his emails. Emails in the middle of the night. As she is leaving, she sees a car in the snow, a dark sedan—a car which could be Joe’s. Smashed into a tree. By the time she gets home, her phone is ringing.

Maggie: At age 34—years old, former military serving Iraq, cop on leave with the Boston PD, she left on her own, has PTSD --Only Hank, her old partner knows. She is one of the youngest investigators at the company. A (boring) job at an insurance agency, Mass Casualty and Life. Due to the crazy weather, her phones are ringing off the hook, with the claims.

She has a case—a wife took out a substantial life insurance policy on the deceased just weeks before he dies. Now she is involved with the cops on this one. Hank her old partner was the responding officer. Will this make her want to return to her old job? Can she keep her brain from exploding with screams and blood, broken people, broken lives, and broken minds? A loud noise will have her heart racing. How well will she hold up under intense pressure?

Dorrie is confused by the accident and why Joe’s airbag did not function properly. Now someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone.

Karen is grieving, even though she suspects Joe may have been having an affair. She also feels someone is watching her--stalking. Strange things begin happening to her. The business Home Run was losing money, Joe was acting crazy, and totally obsessed with a tragic house fire, and the emails. She feels her entire marriage was a lie. Then there is Edward, Joe’s partner—acting strange. An old friend, Tomas- An envelope.

Maggie, of course is suspicious about the insurance claim, with her razor sharp detective skills. People do all kinds of crazy things when they think they’ve lost what they spent their entire lives building.

Weird things begin happening with Dorrie. The coat she wore the night of the snow storm accident- she leaves on a hook at the office. Strange things with Karen. Wow, lots of secrets--Dorrie, her husband, Karen and her husband. Maggie even has secrets.

What was Joe involved in and why was he afraid? Had he tampered with the finances? Had someone tampered with his car? So many pieces of a mystery - one night during a snow storm—a train, a car. Two women-- the widow and the other widow the night Joe died—and one determined to solve the mystery and save the day, for an explosive ending.

Crawford keeps you guessing, peeling back the layers of all the characters with something bigger scheme, playing out in the background. Keeping you page-turning to find the identity of the killer. A complex mystery domestic psychological suspense with a twist. The author uses highly-charged contemporary topics in both her books, relating to women.

I loved, Maggie Brennan’s (soon to be detective) character. She is sharp, witty, flawed, and a great cop. Hank is funny—love these two. A lot of intrigue surrounding her background. These two would make for a nice series—crossing over into detective crime, reminding me of Tami Hoag’s Kovac and Liska-which I adore. Hopefully we will see more of Maggie (back on the force) and Hank. Despite her fear of making the wrong choice, Iraq, and everything --she comes through.

Widows are all the rage these days; enjoying the mysteries surrounding the lives of “marriages” and the dark secrets revealed after the death (both from husbands and wives). Chick-noir, seem to be a new wave of psycho-thrillers—the dark fears of the "unknowns" of a partner—either sex or money tend to be involved, or old obsessions.

For fans of Paula Treick DeBoard, Liane Moriarty, Laura Lippman, and Paula Daly. Can’t wait to see what’s next!. More Maggie, please.
Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!The-Other-Widow/cmoa/56835b0a0cf21caddb9b0af5
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review 2016-03-09 13:59
The Other Widow
The Other Widow: A Novel - Susan Crawford

Was it really an accident?

Who was the other person in the car with Joe?

Why was a million dollar insurance policy taken out not even a month before the accident?

We meet Joe, Samuel, Karen, Dorrie, ​Edward, ​and Maggie.  Husbands and wives who were not faithful​, Joe's boss, and an insurance agent who used to be a policeman reviewing the life insurance policy.

​After Joe was killed in a car accident, the tension builds, the characters show their true colors, and secrets become revealed.

THE OTHER WIDOW is definitely a page turner with the reader questioning who might have been at fault for the accident and if the characters were as honest and upright as they made themselves appear especially Edward.

THE OTHER WIDOW kept me wondering what was up with the characters and how they played into each other's lives.  As you follow the characters, you can't help but become more involved in the story line and their lives.

I really liked the book and had a difficult time putting it down.  It was mystery and women's fiction rolled into one marvelous read.

The only puzzle not solved for me was the significance of the book's title, but the author cleared that up for me.  See if you are clever enough to make the connection.  :)

If you enjoy intrigue and family dynamics, don't miss reading THE OTHER WIDOW.  Loved it.  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review.

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