I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I read The Widow by Fiona Barton when it first came out and it was definitely one of my favorite books out there. I was excited to see what the author would come up with in her next novel so I was super happy to have received this ARC! Here is my review:
When an old house is demolished, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton buried for years. When journalist Kate Waters hears this, she believes this story will turn out to be a great scoop. However, she needs more answers to her questions, especially the ones surrounding the identity of the baby. As Kate begins to investigate, she discovers a connection to a crime that occurred a decade ago: a newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward and was never found, leaving the parents devastated. But there is more to the story, and Kate gets drawn into the pasts of the people who once lived in the neighbourhood being demolished. And the more secrets she discovers, the more torn she becomes on what she can and cannot reveal.
I cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book! Just like in The Widow, the novel features a journalist who is amazing at investigating and putting together the clues; in fact, she does a better job than the police! I love how kickass Kate is; for once, the woman solves things and doesn’t just get pushed to the side. Kate doesn’t make stupid mistakes. She is perfectly capable of handling the situation and doing a competent job. This is one of the many things I love about the novel. Having a journalist as the main character was really awesome to see and gave me a really cool insight into the world of investigative journalism. This book was all about motherhood and the ways in which we see mothers in the world. This book also deals with sexual violence and can be quite graphic, so consider this your trigger warning. My main attraction to this novel was its focus on multiple women and the way they handled traumatic situations in their lives. I honestly did not see the ending coming until most of the clues were given to me, and the thrill factor was definitely ramped up with this story! My one teeny complaint would be that I wished that when they talked about the court proceedings, the author had gotten into more detail; it felt a bit rushed after this amazing drawn-out story. Overall, another amazing thriller from Fiona Barton that you definitely do not want to miss out!
Sometimes, the public library can be the absolute best thing in the world. I had this novel on my Holds list and I knew I wasn’t due to read this novel for a long time. But as I was walking through my public library, with no intention of borrowing anything, I suddenly saw it on the shelf. No one was trying to get it, no one was searching for it. It was just lying there, as if it were waiting for me to pick it up. I held my breath the whole time I walked to the checkout counter, hoping that it wouldn’t say it was under reserve for someone else. AND IT WASN’T. So I happily went home and started to read. I put all other novels away and just focused on this one; it had my full attention from the start. And boy, was it worth all of the effort!
Jean Taylor’s husband has just died in a terrible accident, where a bus ran over him. At a time like this, a widow should be allowed to mourn in peace. But Jean is not just any widow. She is the widow of a man suspected to be a killer. Up until now, Jean has been the perfect wife, the supportive presence in the limelight that her husband needed, staying quiet and standing by him throughout all of the accusations. But now that he is gone, there is no reason for her to maintain her silence. And the world cannot wait to hear what she has to say.
After Gone Girl, I have been searching in vain for a book to match that caliber. And I think this book might be it. The Widow is a compulsive thriller that takes you on a journey from many different perspectives. You hear from the Widow (of course), the Inspector in charge of the case, and the main newspaper reporter. Through them, you see the different angles and effects that the crime has. Moreover, you cannot help but be curious about Jean Taylor. At first glance, she doesn’t seem like the type who can do anything on her own. But as you read the novel, you will find that she is more than what she seems. Throughout the novel, I was speculating whether the husband had actually committed the crime or not. I was just as tense as the police force during their entire investigative process. And I discovered a new-found respect for journalists. I can definitely understand why this book is so coveted by everyone; it is definitely worth reading, no matter how long the wait!