Sunday, 17 April 2016
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Jean married young after quickly falling for Glen, who was slightly older and seemed the perfect husband material. He worked for the bank, what better recommendation did a man need.
From the start, she worked hard to be a good wife and make a happy marriage. She learned to cope with Glen's domineering nature and soon, her subservient style became her second nature. Later, when the police came along asking questions, of course she supported her husband. It wasn't till he was irrevokeably gone that she felt safe to try and understand all that she hadn't noticed happening during her marriage. I found it interesting how Jean was able to justify and at other times deny the truths that were revealed about Glen.
The reporter, the detective and the little girl's mother round out this story of loss deception. Each of their lives have been re-directed by Glen's actions. As each re-counts his or her tale, the reader is drawn deeper into his depravity.
As I read this book, I couldn't believe that it was a debut novel. As far as I'm concerned, author Fiona Barton has a promising future as a novelist.
Cover image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada.