The Other Widow by Susan Crawford

  • Title: The Other Widow
  • Author: Susan Crawford
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery
  • Publication Date: expected April 26, 2016
  • Format: Uncorrected Proof from HarperCollins Canada #HCCFirstLook

From Goodreads:

“The author of The Pocket Wife explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity in this sizzling novel of psychological suspense.

Everybody’s luck runs out. This time it could be theirs . . .

It isn’t safe. That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair—moments before their car skids off an icy road in a blinding snowstorm and hits a tree. Desperate to keep her life intact—her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily—Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. Now she’s going to put on the most challenging performance of her life. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone. . . .

Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating—she found some suspicious e-mails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her—this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable . . . and on her own.

Insurance investigator Maggie Devlin is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk—a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things—and people—are never what they seem to be.

As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge . . . closer to each other . . . to a terrifying truth . . . to a shocking end.”

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My Review:

My feelings towards this book are very mixed. I’ve been on a ‘Psychological Thriller/Mystery’ kick lately.. and I think that played a role in my mixed feelings towards The Other Widow.

Let’s start with the aspects I didn’t enjoy:
– I felt like there wasn’t anything original here. That might not be the fault of this book in particular but the genre itself is lacking originality.
– I found the story moved slow and then the end was like “BANG! Here is EVERYTHING!” The slow build up made it hard to want to pick the book up. And the ending felt rushed. Like there weren’t enough pages left to really get in to it.
– The cheating. Is this a requirement for mysteries/thrillers? It is boring and very been-there-done-that. Also – this is more of a personal reaction but I find it hard to feel sympathetic towards disloyal people.
– The dialogue felt awkward at times. The way it cut off/shifted/jumped all over the place was kind of annoying. It just didn’t flow nicely.

Now for the GOOD:
– I loved Maggie! She was the only character I actually felt genuinely interested in. Her story could stand alone (perhaps a book that follows her? I’m down for that!)
– I did enjoy the glimpse into the other characters personal lives. Seeing the way the lies and deceit affects those around the characters felt Real.
– Although I suspected one part of the ending I did not figure THAT out. Nice twist! People are not always what they seem…

Recommendation: If you’re in to mysteries that feel familiar then this book is perfect for you.

Rating: 2.5 to 3 / 5. I can’t decide…

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2 thoughts on “The Other Widow by Susan Crawford

  1. cleopatralovesbooks says:

    I think that one of the problems with this genre is that it’s easy to overdose on, thereby giving the feeling that some books have nothing new to offer. I’ve really cut back this year for this very reason

    • Shannon says:

      It’s so true! I have to step away from it for awhile. I feel like I’m enjoying them less and less the more I read them so close together. Thanks for your comment!

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