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May 11 2016

The Widow by Fiona Barton

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Bantam Press, 2016. ISBN 9780593076224
(Age: 15+) Recommended. Psychological mystery. Secrecy, Journalists. Missing children. When the police begin to ask questions, Jean Taylor defended his husband, refusing to believe that he could have committed the crimes he was accused of. Then their was no reason to keep quiet - but what did she really know about the man who was accused of kidnapping and paedolphilia.
Told from the point of view of five people, Glen, the accused man, Dawn the grieving mother of an abducted child, A reporter Rose, the policeman who won't give up the search and Jean the widow, this is a rivetting mystery that keeps the reader biting their nails as the story unfolds.
Not only does it explore the life of a woman who is down trodden, isolated and trusting, it also explores the exploitation that the popular press makes of the victims and the trials of the police trying to solve a really difficult case.
To write more would give away too much but The widow is a great thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and one definitely recommended for who those who like psychological mysteries.
Pat Pledger

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