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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Widow by Fiona Barton

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

Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Penguin Canada
Source: Received a review copy from Random Penguin House Canada


This was a quick read for me; very engaging and a unique psychological thriller. Not exactly a mystery as we're privy to who the killer is from the beginning just not the details or hows. The story much more concerns the perpetrator's wife and unravels her (and our) slow reveals of the whole sordid, ugly truth. This is written from different points of view, a device I particularly like and Barton has done it splendidly. She also goes back and forth in time from a unique angle, only covering a period of four years. Admittedly this keeps the reader on their toes and I had to keep looking at the dates to see what perspective we were taking the case from each time. The story starts off in the present 2010 with the widow, next it goes back to 2006 when the crime first happens, then alternates between various years and points of view. I find this kind of storytelling very quick to read when done well and Barton had me transfixed. While there are no graphic scenes the subject matter of child pornography is hard to take at times but Barton takes an interesting perspective by looking at the case from a wife's point of view. What if she is completely unaware? Should she believe her husband? Can and should she support her husband? Can she ever really be totally unaware? Must she know at some point? Does she become complicit? Perhaps she is even a part of it? Even responsible for it? Many questions and more to ponder throughout which lead to a perfect ending.



2 comments:

  1. You and another blogger have reviewed this one, I was still considering but adding to TBR list now. I love knowing who the killer is already and then the mystery is why, how, etc. Great review.

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  2. I found this one interesting as well. Not as good as I thought it would be, but still engrossing enough to keep me turning pages. Glad you enjoyed it.

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