The Widow is the story of Jean, a devoted wife, whose husband Glen, is accused of a horrific crime. When Glen dies in a tragic accident, Jean is free to tell her side of the story. Does she know more than she has told the police or newspapers?
The crimes that are addressed in The Widow are not usually addressed in literature, and therefore, I found the premise of the book very interesting. Owing to the nature of the crimes of which Glen was accused, it was difficult to find him likeable, and it was difficult for me to believe that Jean would stand by him. This meant the novel was uncomfortable to read in places. The discomfort in reading was increased by the fact that the couple's relationship seemed to be bordering on emotional abuse (from Glen towards Jean) and I was surprised that this was not explored in more detail. The characters also seemed much older than their years, and this made it harder to relate to them.
However, in spite of this, The Widow was a very compelling read. It is told from several different viewpoints, which helps the reader to see the story from each side, and consider the real version of events. Although I found it difficult to relate to the characters, I did want to know what had happened to Bella, the girl whom Glen was accused of abducting. The different viewpoints give the reader more insight into the investigation, and this encouraged me to consider my own theories about what had happened, and keep reading.
In the reviews I had read prior to starting reading, I was promised that there was a twist at the end of The Widow. There is; however, this element of the novel felt slightly rushed and therefore did not have the impact I would have liked.
It feels as though the rating at the beginning of the review belies the comments I have made. The Widow does have flaws (which may be explained by the fact that Barton is not an experienced novelist) but overall, it is very well written and incredibly compelling.
The Widow is available from Amazon.