The Other Widow
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 Brennan 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.
At the start of this overly contrived thriller from Crawford (The Pocket Wife), actress Dorrie Keating, who's been sleeping with Joe Lindsay, her married boss at Home Runs Renovations, agrees to meet him late one snowy night in Boston. As they drive through the icy streets of the city's Back Bay neighborhood in Joe's old Audi, Joe announces that their relationship must end. When Joe speeds up, the Audi goes into a skid, flies sideways off Newbury Street, and hits a tree. Joe's airbag doesn't open, and he's killed. Not wanting to be found at the scene of the accident, Dorrie extricates herself from the car, though she's unable to avoid leaving evidence behind of a passenger. The circumstances of Joe's death arouse the suspicions of Maggie Brennan, an insurance claims investigator, who believes that Joe may have committed suicide. The story alternates among the perspectives of Dorrie, Maggie, and Joe's widow, Karen, none of whom emerges as a particularly well-developed character. The action builds to a pat and disappointing resolution.
Interesting but Slow Paced
I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was very excited to read The Other Widow, but the book wasn't quite what I expected. I expected a more intense and edge of your seat read. There was more mystery than thriller in this particular book. The story was still interesting, just not as fast paced as I like.
P.S. If you read the paperback copy, there are 3 different fonts used. One for each woman's point of view. The nerd in me loved this small but unique detail, especially since the fonts tend to match with each woman's role/personality. I'm not sure if it is this way in the ebook or not.