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Publisher Description

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.

Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and the Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

Crime & Thrillers
24 September
Affirm Press
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

rhitc ,

Who needs men

4.5 stars

Australian screenwriter. His first novel The Nowhere Child (2018) won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. This is his second, again in the mystery genre.

Doctor’s wife shaken from her comfort zone in suburban Melbourne after hubby fails to come home from conference in London because he wasn’t there in the first place. Rather, he was on a fictional island in Bass Strait accessible only by ferry from the Bellarine Peninsula. It’s popular in summer—the family has a holiday house there—but in winter, not so much. Doc gets dead. Wife becomes widow. Meanwhile, the wife of a local who lives on the island all year finds out her old man, the island custodian and handyman, isn’t who she thought he was. Stuff happens. Together, the gals work things out. Sort of.

Keenly drawn sympathetic protagonists. Less detail about the supporting cast, but enough.

Crisp, clear, well paced, atmospheric at times. Mr White’s background as a screenwriter is evident. I’m sure this would translate well to the screen, large or small.

Bottom line
An author’s sophomore novel is always a challenge, especially when the debut was successful. Kudos to Mr White for achieving that much sought after goal of bettering his first effort.

AllyShorty ,

Momentum lost

I was really enjoying this book until the twist. Then it became confusing, almost as if the author had not completely known where he was going.

On completing the novel, I had to go back and retrace everything. I guess it is quite clever, but not knowing or understanding the time difference is off putting.

Billie0963 ,

Frustrating Americanisms

I didn’t mind the plot of this book. An enjoyable, light read. There was more emphasis on plot than literary substance though. A really odd thing for an Australian author writing a book set in Australia, was the use of Americanisms. I don’t think Ambien has ever been available in Australia nor do we play roque. Coveralls are overalls in Australia and Buy & Bye sounds like a typical American shop. I found other examples and felt it was weird. Maybe editors need to be more careful?

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