Another book for 2017 finished! I now have only two more books left before I reach my goal of 52 books this year. It’s so close I can almost taste it! This most recent book, The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Liza Steinke, was quite the read. I went into it expecting a light, seeking-closure kind of story and wound up with one that gets more and more intense as it goes on. The story, how it progressed, and how it ended were simultaneously unexpected and satisfying.
Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales thinks she has a normal marriage. It’s not amazing by any means, and it definitely has its ups and downs, but it’s normal… right? Until she gets a knock on her door and finds two police officers on her doorstep. Her husband, James, was found dead as the result of a car accident in Hawaii. Except James was supposed to be in Kansas on a business trip, and his body was found with the also dead body of another woman. James was having an affair. Jacks grieves both her husband’s death and her marriage. But one day, another man shows up on her doorstep. The fiancé of Dylan, the woman James was having an affair with. He wants to go to the “scene of the crime.” Trace their steps, figure out what they did on their trip, and find out the truth about their relationship and their death.
I’ll admit, I picked this book up thinking it would be a lighter read. The summary on Amazon seemed simple enough: woman discovers her husband is having an affair because he died with his mistress, his mistress was also cheating on someone, they both travel to find the truth about their deception and death. Obviously, this is a heavy topic, but I didn’t expect this book to veer far from this basic storyline. I thought I had it figured out because I (accurately) predicted a couple of plot twists. But the last third of the book unravels a whirlwind. I won’t give anything away (#spoilers), but let me say, I did not expect the ending at all!
If you’re looking for a seemingly easy, but quite surprising kind of story, The Good Widow is a great option. Sitting just at 300 pages, it’s also a quick read, for those who have a hard time finding the time to read! I wasn’t overwhelmingly excited about it, but I definitely wasn’t bored. This book is worth your time, but for those who may be concerned, there is a surprising amount of swearing.
The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke gets 3/5 stars.