The Widow by Fiona Barton

Lots of reviewers have compared this book to The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. I agree with them. It’s a gripping novel about the disappearance of toddler Bella, and the hunt for her abductor. The book opens with the chief suspect in her disappearance, Glen Taylor already dead, and his widow Jean being harassed by a crime reported who’s determined to get to the truth.

Different sections of the book are told by different characters – and I found this to be a really interesting way of telling the story. For example, there’s a section which is narrated by The Detective, which made me really question whether I thought Glen was guilty – I hadn’t really thought about how the Police and the media might interact in a case like this.

Of course, the story is fiction, but it’s so well written I found myself almost believing it at times.  It was really interesting to read a book where I changed my mind about who was guilty, who wasn’t and who was to be trusted so often.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, enjoyed Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, or who just wants to read a really well written story.

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