Author : Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Pages : 302
Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
Publication date : June 1, 2017
Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.
Fair warning : you may want to skip this one if you have trust issues!
Jacks thinks her husband is away on a business trip to Kansas. Until the police show up on her doorstep to tell her her husband has died in a car crash … in Hawaii. On top of that, he wasn’t alone either. Not only does Jacks have to deal with the reality of losing her husband, but she’s also forced to take a good look at her marriage. How well did she know her husband anyway?
It’s hard not to feel sorry for Jacks. She’s not the kind of woman who constantly checks her husband’s emails or texts. And while their marriage wasn’t perfect, she felt content and fully intended to spend the rest of her life with her husband. His betrayal comes completely out of the blue for her.
The Good Widow didn’t quite turn out what I expected it to be. At its heart, it’s a story about love, loss, deceit and betrayal. But it manages to effortlessly combine drama with suspense. I did have to suspend belief just a little bit. I mean, who in their right mind would go to Hawaii with a complete stranger? I wouldn’t.
With chapters switching between Jacks in the past and the present, we get a good look at the state of her marriage and the reason she’s now blaming herself for the way things ended, due to a secret she’s been holding on for way too long. Dylan, the other woman, shares her points of view as well. I was gripped, especially when I realised I was going to end up with a psychological thriller. It took me a while to figure out what was going on. I love it when an author, or in this case authors, can keep me second guessing everything at every turn.
All in all a highly enjoyable, fast paced and compelling domestic thriller.
Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing for my advanced copy received via Netgalley, which I chose to review honestly.
The Good Widow is available now!