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‘The Widow’ By Fiona Barton » Changing Pages

By Angela Vincent

The book starts as a little girl was abducted from her home and she was never seen again, four years before. Jean Taylor’s husband was the chief suspect. Characters Jean and Glen married when she was young and vulnerable; he swept her off her feet, creating a world for her that involved just the two of them, with Glen clearly in control. Faithfully, Jean stood by Glen through court appearances, imprisonment, and after he was found “not guilty.” The story opens just after Glen has died. Apart from the army of reporters camped on her doorstep, Jean Taylor is a widow and alone for the first time. Until now she has never spoken. Finally she is ready to tell what she knows. Or is she?

Apart from Glen and Jean, the other main players in the novel are Kate, the tenacious reporter who is desperate to get the story, and Bob Sparkes, the detective desperate to prove Glens guilt. Each chapter focuses on one of these characters giving their perspective and experience of events.

This book is fascinating because it tells the story of the silent wife –tThe woman who stands by her man throughout: daily attendances at court, silently watching on as her husbands character is disseminated in front of the worlds press while her life is destroyed. Who is this woman and what does she know? What is she thinking? What goes on when that woman goes home with the accused killer/child abductee/rapist? This is her story.

This story is absolutely a page turner but it moves at a steady pace with gradual revelations. Did Glen really do it? What part did Jean play? What about the little girls mother — does she know more than she is telling us?

Fiona Barton has great credentials for writing this kind of novel. She is an award winning journalist; and, as a writer for national newspapers, she covered many notorious crimes and trials. She writes with clear insight and authority making this book authentic and chillingly believable.

This novel was billed as the book to fill the dark void left by The Girl on the Train. I am one of the few who hasn’t read The Girl on the Train so don’t have this void, and I’m not even a great reader of psychological thrillers. However, I do like a book that will keep me turning the pages late into the night — and this book certainly achieved that.

About Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton, Author

Fiona Barton has been a journalist – senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up her job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, has trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world. // More About Fiona Barton, Author


» Reviewer, Traveler, & Lifestyle Blogger: About Angela Vincent

Angela is a 40 something fully paid up bookworm and a regular contributor to The Black Lion Journal. She lives and works in London. By day you will find her working in a busy hospital as a Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse Specialist. Her aim is to do those things which make her heart sing and spend time with those who make her smile. A love of books, reading, and writing has always been a big part of her life. ‘Changing pages’ began as a natural extension of that in 2014, and is a continuation of many years of dedicated scribbling and journal keeping. When she is not reading books, she can often be found writing about them or thinking about what she might read next.

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