I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 25th 2021
Digging up the past could damage the future
Kate's husband, Michael, was killed after stepping in front of a lorry in a country lane. Now, in addition to being a widow and a single mother to a six-year-old, she has to deal with the scandal and questions surrounding Michael's death. Was he having an affair? Was he connected with the disappearance of a young Polish woman? Kate needs to know the truth, but she must also protect her daughter.
The Widow is another domestic thriller by the prolific K.L. Slater, the author of The Girl She Wanted, The Apartment, and The Evidence. I'm a fan of Slater's work, with her sometimes over the top, twisty turny plots, and this novel did not disappoint me.
I liked the small-town setting and found the characters realistic for the most part. It was especially interesting to get a couple of chapters from the perspective of Mrs Wadebridge, an elderly lady living apart from village life but watching everything.
At times I found Kate's paranoia about Michael spending time with Suzy (a single mother new to the village) annoying. It seemed bizarre to me that the women of the village were so insecure in their relationships that they had to treat an attractive single woman as a threat just for existing and dressing nicely. However, without wishing to spoil anything, in this case, at least there did turn out to be good reasons not to trust Suzy.
The back story about the missing Polish worker kept me interested to know how it would all fit together, so I ploughed through this book quickly.
The Widow is a fast-paced novel that would make a fun holiday read. Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bookouture, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.