on February 16th, 2016
Genres: Psychological Thriller
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
'Me, the grieving widow? Don't make me laugh.'
A voice as startling and unreliable as The Girl On The Train, a cast as compelling as Broadchurch.
Jean Taylor is the wife of a man labelled a monster.
Glen Taylor was accused of heinous crimes, implicated in the disappearance of two-year-old Bella Elliot, snatched from her front garden four years ago. But now heÔÇÖs dead and Jean Taylor is finally ready to tell her story.
For the reporter who has secured the exclusive interview, this is the scoop of a lifetime. For the detective who has lived a half-life since he failed to get justice for the lost little girl, it is a chance to uncover the truth that has eluded him for so long.
It's time. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.
The Widow is a wonderfully twist psychological thriller that is sure to leave you scratching your head. It didnÔÇÖt take me long to get into the pace of the story and I began enjoying all the odd interactions. I started guessing as to what possibly happened to Baby Bella and my imagination ran wild.ThereÔÇÖs a myriad of themes that underlie the story; addiction, obsession, life choices that lead to disappointment and then self preservation. Barton presents a view into degenerate sub-culture that will make you squirm.
Jeannie and Glenn Taylor are at the center of the story but DI Bob Sparkes and reporter Kate Waters provide actions that drive much of the plot. Dawn Elliot and of course Bella Elliot are key characters but their background story and appearances are rare which serve to enhance the mystery. It’s one of those skilfully told stories that flits back and forth between past and present. At times youÔÇÖll be wondering why certain things werenÔÇÖt investigated, but the DIÔÇÖs have to use their gut reactions to decide a course.
As to the characters, Jean is a oddly complex character. Although she doesn’t come across as that way early on, the longer we are in her head the more her passive nature shows signs as being brought about by a possible mental break. Glen is an enigma and we only get his POV once throughout the entire story, but when we do itÔÇÖs a doozy. Bob Sparks is a DI captured by his need for Justice. Kate Waters shares the same type of work ethic and while she wants the story, she wants justice as much – itÔÇÖs the thread that keeps her close to investigation. The investigation into BellaÔÇÖs disappearance continues past the police forcesÔÇÖ wins and losses and is both helped and hindered by the mediaÔÇÖs competitive need for the scoop.The ending wasnÔÇÖt entirely surprising, but the getting there was filled with red herrings and true leads that you question everything you thought you knew.
4 Stars and a recommendation in the Psychological Thriller genre.
~Review by Cyndi
*I was a gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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