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A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Books 2017 Selection, Mystery/Thriller
“Fenton and Steinke deliver a complicated tale of love, loss, intrigue, and disaster....This drama keeps the pages turning with shocking twists until the bitter end. A great read; recommended for admirers of Jennifer Weiner and Rainbow Rowell.” —Library Journal
“Fans of Joy Fielding will appreciate the story’s fast pacing and sympathetic main character.…[a] solid psychological thriller…” —Publishers Weekly
“Fenton and Steinke’s talent for domestic drama comes through.…For readers who enjoy suspense writers like Nicci French.” —Booklist
“A fantastic thriller that will keep you on your toes…” —Popsugar
“Accomplished authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make their suspense debut with great skill and assurance in this enthralling novel of marital secrets and lies, grief and revelation. The Good Widow led me along a winding, treacherous road and made a sharp, startling turn that I didn’t see coming. Unputdownable!” —A. J. Banner, #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife
"Liz Fenton's and Lisa Steinke's The Good Widow begins by asking what you would do if your spouse died in a place he wasn't supposed to be in with a woman he wasn't supposed to be with. What follows is a gut-wrenching thriller, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes darkly funny, but always a page-turner. And as you read it late into the night you'll look over at the person in bed next to you and wonder how well you really know him. A wild, skillfully-written ride!" —David Bell, author of Since She Went Away
"An irresistible and twisty page-turner, The Good Widow should come with a delicious warning: This is not the story you think it is." —Deb Caletti, author of He's Gone
“The Good Widow is both heartrending and suspenseful, deftly navigating Jacks' mourning and the loss of her less-than-perfect marriage. The writing is sharp and evocative, the Hawaiian setting is spectacular, and the ending was a wonderful, twisty surprise. A quintessential summer beach read!” —Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year
“The Good Widow is a fresh take on your worst nightmare—your husband dies and he isn't where, or with who, he said he was. I ripped through these pages to see where Fenton and Steinke would take me, which ended up being somewhere unexpected in the best kind of way. You will not be sorry you read this!” —Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Fractured and Hidden
About the Author
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for more than twenty-five years. They’ve survived high school, college, and the publishing of three novels together. Liz lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and two bonus children. Visit Liz and Lisa at www.lizandlisa.com.
- ASIN : B01LH2GQ7U
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (June 1, 2017)
- Publication date : June 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1063 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 301 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1503943445
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For Jacks, the death of her husband James feels almost cruel. Their last words to each other were borne of frustration and heartache, so to lose him forever, knowing that she can't undo that conversation or what led to it, tortures her.
Imagine, then, how much more severe that torture becomes when she learns that James was not in Kansas for a business meeting when he died. Nor was he alone. Another (younger) woman, Dylan, was with him, and the two were in Maui.
Jacks is reeling, her grief and confusion consuming her. When Dylan's equally confused and grief-stricken fiancé Nick shows up, Jacks finds someone who understands what she's feeling and experiencing. Nick suggests that the two go to Maui so they can learn more about their partners' relationship, and Jacks agrees.
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make a point here of showing you how grief weakens you, rendering you unable to suss out truths. You grasp what is convenient and close because you simply cannot expend the mental and emotional energy to listen to reason. It hurts too much.
The authors tell this story primarily from Jacks's point of view, although they do provide some of Dylan's perspective. The one person we don't hear from and who remains a mystery is James. You have to infer his motivations. His relationship with Jacks is emotionally fraught at the time of his death, so perhaps that is why he's attracted to the rather bland and simple Dylan. Perhaps she was nothing more than a diversion. Yet you also find yourself wondering why he felt entitled to this behavior. Why the lies and obfuscations with Jacks. What would he have done if he had returned from Maui?
I was so obsessed with getting answers that I sent messages and emails to Fenton and Steinke, who were kind enough to respond to my frantic pleas. Even though I wanted answers, one of the things I loved about this book was its ending. You can't ever really know someone's truths unless they want you to do so. We reveal what we choose to reveal to each other and we conceal what we want to conceal, something Jacks knows all too well.
Please read this one, and then come back and tell me what you thought. We need to discuss this book. We simply must.
Top reviews from other countries
It's so well written, I loved the perspective of the book, dipping in and out of the time line. All in all this is a brilliant book and I'll now be looking for more books by the authors.
If you're wondering whether to buy this book then snap it up before you miss it! I guarantee you'll enjoy it as much as me. Really a great book.
I liked the writing style of the two authors. The fact they have previously written 'women's fiction' makes them ideally placed to deal with this subject matter, the themes of love, deception and betrayal. As one would expect with such an emotive storyline, there is a lot of description of the characters' emotions and feelings.
I would describe The Good Widow as more of a suspense book rather than a thriller. It details an unravelling of what happened to the main character's husband leading up to his death.
It's written from the the point of view of the two lead characters and is set either before or after the death of the husband.
I did work out the major twist at the end of the story probably about three quarters of my way through the book, but this did not lessen my enjoyment.
I would recommend this as a good easy read.
I'd recommend this to fill some time.
It's very sad and easy to relate to. Definitely a page turner.The characters shine, especially jacks.
I felt sympathy for Jack's and how she comes to terms with her loss. It's simple and well written.