The Widow by Fiona Barton

The WidowMy latest read, The Widow by Fiona Barton, is a new mystery crime novel.

When Jean Taylor’s husband is accused of kidnapping a young child, she is shocked. Playing the role of the faithful wife, she stands by his side through the case as the police, press, and public relentlessly pound on their door. Years after the little girl disappeared, Jean’s husband is dead and now as a widow, she begins to open up about all of the secrets she kept hidden for so long…

The Widow is told predominately from the perspective of the widow, Jean Taylor, with scenes from the viewpoints of her late husband, a detective on the case, a reporter, and the little girl’s mother. The story shares a unique view of the influence that the media has on a police case and public opinion. With vast experience in the field of journalism, Fiona Barton shares that perspective in her debut novel.

The book takes place in London, England (a favorite book setting of mine) and is a good story. For me this one is a quick, engaging, one-time read. The plot is wrapped up into a nice bow at the end; which is satisfying after spending the entire book looking for answers!

I received a copy of The Widow from the Berkley and New American Library publishing group in exchange for an honest review.

4 thoughts on “The Widow by Fiona Barton

  1. Just wanted to say I found your blog through Modern Mrs. Darcy and have been following you for a week or so now. I enjoy your reviews and appreciate the quotes from each book. I’ve added more than one title to my reading list on your recommdation! I’ve read other reviews of “The Widow”, but was on the fence. So another one on my reading list!


    1. Hi Terri, I’m so glad to hear that! I didn’t realize there is a link to my blog from Modern Mrs, Darcy either, do you remember where it is? I’m so excited to hear that you’ve added some of these book to your reading list! I would love to hear your opinion on these books too. Thank you for stopping by to comment, it has brightened my day 🙂


  2. Thank you for prompting me to read this – I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise as the cover of my library copy compares it to “The Girl on the Train”, which I didn’t like. Great blog. Keep reading!


What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s