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The Widow

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THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK 'If you liked GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, you might want to pick up THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful' Stephen King We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But now Glen is dead and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows. Du Maurier's REBECCA meets WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and GONE GIRL in this intimate tale of a terrible crime. 'The ultimate psychological thriller' Lisa Gardner Fiona Barton's tantalising new thriller, THE CHILD, is available to buy now.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 25mm | 273g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552172367
  • 9780552172363
  • 31,628

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"Feted as this year's The Girl on the Train" * OBSERVER * "The big thriller of the year" * STYLIST * "The ultimate psychological thriller. Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through. The ending totally blew me away." * LISA GARDNER * "The most buzzed about book of 2016" * HEAT * "Stunning from start to finish. I devoured it in one sitting. The best book I've read this year. If you liked GONE GIRL, you'll love this. Fiona Barton is a major new talent." * M J Arlidge * "An unsettling, compulsive tale" * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * "Dark, compelling and utterly unputdownable. My book of the year so far" * C. L. Taylor, author of THE ACCIDENT and THE LIE * "A book you'll drop everything to whip through" * GLAMOUR * "A cleverly conceived, interesting novel" * LITERARY REVIEW * "A complex, intriguing heroine and a dark, unsettling story makes this a real page-turner." * Woman & Home * "A skilful, tautly written thriller" * RED * "She tells her tale with a realism and restraint that add to its shattering impact" * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * "`A brilliant, enthralling debut'" * Jill Mansell * "A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door. Gripping and horribly plausible" * Tammy Cohen * "A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door. Gripping and horribly plausible" * Tammy Cohen * "Gritty, emotional and so believable" * ESSENTIALS * "Next year's The Girl on the Train" * THE BOOKSELLER * "The Widow is generating a huge buzz" * SUNDAY MAIL * "Will keep you gripped till the end" * CANDIS * "A highly enjoyable first novel... Gripping" * READER'S DIGEST *show more

About Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France. Previously, she was a 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 British Press Awards. While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .show more

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"A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door. Gripping and horribly plausible"show more

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49,641 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 14% (7,082)
4 36% (17,725)
3 37% (18,500)
2 10% (5,048)
1 3% (1,286)
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