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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Brief Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton

The WidowThe Widow by Fiona Barton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intriguing psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns. Characters were damaged and some had questionable morals but you found yourself fascinated by them and also wanting to smack them upside the head for being so stupid. The story is disturbing but I appreciate that the author didn't go graphically into details. This one is pretty fast paced, but not in a heart stopping way, but you still didn't want to put it down because you wanted to know what really happened. This would be a great story for a book club and also a good one for cold Calgary nights or sitting on a beach somewhere (damn I wish I was on one right now). Heads up, none of the characters are very likable, which usually turns me off a book, but in this case it works.

Have heard it marketed as similar to Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, but cannot tell you if that is accurate as I have not read either. It is a character fault but when a book is hyped like those two, I just do not want to read. Also another character flaw is if my non book obsessed friends (yes they are people too and I loves them) recommend something, I shy away from it too. I am somewhat shamed by this fact, but I have to be honest.

Favorite Quotes Passages

"Kate suddenly shouts, "Fuck Off!" and I stare at her. Glen would never have allowed a woman to say that word in his house. She looks at me and mouths, sorry, and then puts her finger to her lips. And the telly man does fuck off.
"Well that obviously works," I say.
"Sorry, but it's the only language they understand," she says, and laughs. It's a nice laugh, sounds genuine, and I haven't heard much laughter lately."

"But then monsters rarely look the part. You hope you'll be able to see the evil shining out of them_it would make police work a damned sight easier, he often said. But evil was a slippery substance, glimpsed only occasionally and all the more horrifying for that, he knew."

Received this one in a evidence bag with skittles with them which I wont lie, made me more intrigued to read the book. (Brilliant marketing job folks) Also not sure how I feel about skittles now - did not eat them while reading just in case & now still not sure if I want to eat them.


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