Earlier this year, I read The Child, the second novel by Fiona Barton. I really loved it and more or less binge read it in a day, thanks to a return train journey to London (always the best time for reading), so I knew I had to read her first book – The Widow.
When a man dies suddenly in an accident, his widow is suddenly free. Her husband had been accused of a terrible crime and now she no longer needs to stay quiet. Did he really commit the crime? And had she been sheltering him for all these years?
Once more, she finds journalists on her doorstep. Is it time for her to open up and tell her story?
I was pleased to discover that The Widow features Kate Waters, one of the key characters from The Child. Kate is an old-fashioned journalist who gets her stories by befriending victims and letting them talk about their situation. Also making an appearance in both The Widow and The Child is Kate’s police source, Detective Inspector Bob Sparkes. Sparkes is haunted by the crime he couldn’t solve and still feels the dead husband is the key to it all. Will he finally get to the bottom of it?
Switching between the time of the original crime and the aftermath of the death, and the point of view of the widow, the reporter, the detective and the victim’s mother, this is a fast-moving story. I couldn’t wait to find out what had really happened, so binge read this one too, in under three days. Not bad for someone who works during the day and doesn’t have a lot of free time!
Whether you’re a seasoned thriller reader or just wanting to dip your toe into a detective novel, I would definitely recommend The Widow.