The Widow

Author(s): Fiona Barton

Fiction - Crime

"The ultimate psychological thriller." (Lisa Gardner). 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 the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the woman 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. Du Maurier's Rebecca meets We Need To Talk About Kevin and Gone Girl in this intimate tale of a terrible crime. "My book of the year so far." (C L Taylor, author of The Lie).

Jean Taylor is the meek and mild wife of a man once suspected - but never convicted - of the kidnap and murder of a little girl. But now he's dead, and finally she is free to tell her side of the story, to clear her name. Told from multiple points of view, including those of the detective who couldn't let the case go, and the reporter after a story but also closure, The Widow brings back the unreliable narrator from The Girl on the Train, and the unexpected plot twists from Gone Girl. A must-read for all thriller fans. - Lucy

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A loving husband or a heartless killer...she'd know, wouldn't she?

"The ultimate psychological thriller. Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through. The ending totally blew me away." LISA GARDNER "Dark, compelling and utterly unputdownable. My book of the year so far" C. L. Taylor, author of THE ACCIDENT and THE LIE "'A brilliant, enthralling debut'" Jill Mansell "'A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door. Gripping and horribly plausible'" Tammy Cohen "'A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door. Gripping and horribly plausible'" Tammy Cohen

Fiona Barton trains and works with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. The Widow is her first novel. Born in Cambridge, she currently lives in south-west France.

General Fields

  • : 9780593076224
  • : Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • : Bantam Press
  • : July 2015
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2015
  • : books

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  • : en
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  • : General Adult
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  • : Fiona Barton