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The Widow – tekijä: Fiona Barton
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The Widow (vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Fiona Barton (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Kate Waters (1)

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"Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife. When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen. . . But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there's no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth--that's all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything. . . "--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:FDKreader
Teoksen nimi:The Widow
Kirjailijat:Fiona Barton (Tekijä)
Info:Berkley (2016), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Stunning Suspense

Former British newspaper reporter and editor Fiona Barton’s debut thriller will have you turning pages as fast as you can on your way to an ending that will stun you with emotion. Part psychological thriller and part police procedural, it derives its power to involve you emotionally by putting you into the mind of wife Jean Taylor married to often distant and always controlling Glen who becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of a little girl, Bella. Suspense arises from speculating about what Jean knows, why she remains married to Glen, and what she will reveal at the end of the novel.

Barton has cleverly structured the tale as part first-person account and third-person narration. The cleverness comes in focusing our attention on Jean by having her relate her part of the story directly to us. What pulls us along are her feelings about her marriage, her husband Glen personally, and above all, her disappointment in not being able to have a child due to her husband’s low sperm count. She never lets on she knows about Glen’s porn addiction, let alone his obsession with children, and you find yourself wondering how she, or any wife, couldn’t know what’s up with her husband.

When little Bella disappears one day, snatched from her front yard in broad daylight, veteran detective Bob Sparkes catches the case. Following Sparkes as he investigates introduces readers to a vast, sleazy network of pedophiles and the deep net where they prowl and exchange photos and hunt victims. As the case ages, it eats away at Sparkes because he’s convinced that Glen Taylor took Bella and that Jean knows something. His obsession and hunger for proof he can take to court leads him into dangerous legal territory that blemishes his reputation as a copper, but not for reasons that might be creeping into your mind at the moment.

Almost from the beginning, it’s no mystery Glen took Bella. What readers will not know is how, why, and what he did with her. Bob Sparkes wants to know everything. Kate Waters, reporter for the Daily Post (a job Barton knows very well as she once worked at the Daily Mail) also wants to know everything, as well, to scoop her competitor papers and television stations. To accomplish this, she brings everything she’s learned as a reporter to bear ingratiating herself to Jean in an effort to get her to open up and spill the secrets Kate’s sure she’s keeping. If you’ve ever read the British tabloids, then you have a good idea of what transpires in order to get exclusive and blockbuster copy.

And what of Bella’s mother, Dawn, an unmarried mother on welfare? At first she seems a model single mother doing her best to raise her little girl under trying circumstances. But what she becomes after Bella’s abduction might recolor a reader’s perception of her, and this doesn’t include how she capitalizes on the girl’s disappearance. What she did, though, when Bella was a baby, well that’s something many readers may find quite questionable and not a little bit contributory.

Written and paced well, it’s a perfect novel for those who like their thriller/suspense reads thoughtful and rich in character. If this describes you, you won’t be disappointed. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Stunning Suspense

Former British newspaper reporter and editor Fiona Barton’s debut thriller will have you turning pages as fast as you can on your way to an ending that will stun you with emotion. Part psychological thriller and part police procedural, it derives its power to involve you emotionally by putting you into the mind of wife Jean Taylor married to often distant and always controlling Glen who becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of a little girl, Bella. Suspense arises from speculating about what Jean knows, why she remains married to Glen, and what she will reveal at the end of the novel.

Barton has cleverly structured the tale as part first-person account and third-person narration. The cleverness comes in focusing our attention on Jean by having her relate her part of the story directly to us. What pulls us along are her feelings about her marriage, her husband Glen personally, and above all, her disappointment in not being able to have a child due to her husband’s low sperm count. She never lets on she knows about Glen’s porn addiction, let alone his obsession with children, and you find yourself wondering how she, or any wife, couldn’t know what’s up with her husband.

When little Bella disappears one day, snatched from her front yard in broad daylight, veteran detective Bob Sparkes catches the case. Following Sparkes as he investigates introduces readers to a vast, sleazy network of pedophiles and the deep net where they prowl and exchange photos and hunt victims. As the case ages, it eats away at Sparkes because he’s convinced that Glen Taylor took Bella and that Jean knows something. His obsession and hunger for proof he can take to court leads him into dangerous legal territory that blemishes his reputation as a copper, but not for reasons that might be creeping into your mind at the moment.

Almost from the beginning, it’s no mystery Glen took Bella. What readers will not know is how, why, and what he did with her. Bob Sparkes wants to know everything. Kate Waters, reporter for the Daily Post (a job Barton knows very well as she once worked at the Daily Mail) also wants to know everything, as well, to scoop her competitor papers and television stations. To accomplish this, she brings everything she’s learned as a reporter to bear ingratiating herself to Jean in an effort to get her to open up and spill the secrets Kate’s sure she’s keeping. If you’ve ever read the British tabloids, then you have a good idea of what transpires in order to get exclusive and blockbuster copy.

And what of Bella’s mother, Dawn, an unmarried mother on welfare? At first she seems a model single mother doing her best to raise her little girl under trying circumstances. But what she becomes after Bella’s abduction might recolor a reader’s perception of her, and this doesn’t include how she capitalizes on the girl’s disappearance. What she did, though, when Bella was a baby, well that’s something many readers may find quite questionable and not a little bit contributory.

Written and paced well, it’s a perfect novel for those who like their thriller/suspense reads thoughtful and rich in character. If this describes you, you won’t be disappointed. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
I was browsing the available audio books on Overdrive and remembered seeing The Widow being shelved by a few of the people I follow on Goodreads. I didn't know what it was about except it was in the mystery category and that was good enough for me at that moment.

The story was interesting and engaging. For anyone who is hesitant about reading it for fear of graphic descriptions of crimes, have no fear, there aren't any. The POVs switch between several people who are involved in the crime and the investigation so there's a lot of information to absorb but it never felt overwhelming. This isn't a fast-paced "who dunnit" but more of a slow reveal.

I definitely enjoyed the book but didn't feel any sort of urgency in reading it. I could have easily set it aside and probably not thought about it again. The widow was certainly an interesting character. I would have liked to have spent more time in her head. I wanted to get back to her whenever another character's POV took over.

If you're looking for a lighter mystery that deals with potentially upsetting themes but doesn't go into graphic detail, this might be for you.
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  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
Ao longo dos anos, Jean Taylor deixou de contar muitas coisas sobre o terrível crime que o marido era suspeito de ter cometido. Ela estava muito ocupada sendo a esposa perfeita, permanecendo ao lado do homem com quem casara enquanto convivia com os olhares acusadores e as ameaças anônimas.
  BolideBooks | May 15, 2021 |
Jarringly twisted. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 157) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Barton skillfully weaves a tale that reminds us that yes, we can be deceived by others, but we can just as easily deceive ourselves. Perception is a two-way street. A stranger or a loved one can play a role or act a part until it feels real.

And here is where the brilliance of The Widow lies. Whom do you trust? Whom can you trust? And not just others but ourselves as well. The Widow reminds us that relationships are not black and white to those in them — they're forever grey.
 
Crime novels featuring ludicrous scenarios where numerous ciphers get offed in a variety of ways seem to be going out of fashion. The new trend is for more realistic accounts of crimes, focusing on the minutiae of investigation and the frequently dull and frustrating aspects of detection. Fiona Barton’s debut is firmly of this type and it’s utterly gripping...She cleverly details how each individual copes with a long investigation without ever lessening the tension. The Widow is a tribute to those professionals who never let go of a story, or a case, however cold.
 

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"Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife. When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen. . . But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there's no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth--that's all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything. . . "--

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