Book Reviews

The Good Widow

Authors: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Published Date: June 1, 2017
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Hardcover: 300 pages
Stars: 2 out of 5

Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.

For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death

Let’s start with what I like about the book. I appreciate the way the book is set up, with the chapters alternating between three of the main characters, and alternating between past and present. The setting is picturesque Maui, Hawaii. It is easy to follow the action, and it does get twisty and good at the end, but I’m sorry to say, this book is not for me. I’ve come to learn that in female characters, I need strong women to root for. The two women in this story are weak-minded, and too dependent on a man for validation. I thought the book would have more suspense, but to me it was more of an inside look at two flawed relationships. I think a 20-something, or 30-something age group might like this, but it just wasn’t for me.

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