My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Widow should be read as a warning to teenage girls, if your boyfriend tries in any way to control you, run, run for the hills. Jean is a woman who didn’t run, she ended up marrying him, Glen, the man who could do no wrong and if he did, that was it, it was never to be talked about again. On the surface he seems like an okay husband but what’s he doing in the spare room? And why does he really want his wife to lie for him?
The Widow is a really interesting look at the dynamics in the relationship between a man accused of a terrible crime and the wife who stands by him. Barton is a journalist and you can really feel that influence in this book.
The Widow is billed as the next Gone Girl or Girl On The Train, I’ve read both and I actually think The Widow is better but then I was not as crazy about the other two books as some people. I galloped through this book, it was a very gripping read, if rather disturbing in places and I think Barton has a very good voice.