The Wife and the Widow

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 21 Jan 2020

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While the writing is smooth and easy, the same can’t be said about the story line!

This was a compulsive read-atmospheric and cleverly written, with a solid mystery that completely had me fooled until the end.

Told from 2 POV's, (the wife and the widow) White does an excellent job of slowly peeling back the layers and inserting a reveal or two at just the right moments. 

I missed out on his debut [book:The Nowhere Child|38594019] but not for long-off to track this one down.

ARC provided by NetGalley
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Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dual narratives drive a story with a great deal of depth...

PLOT SUMMARY: Kate’s husband John has been on a work trip for the past two weeks.  She and their daughter Mia miss him terribly and can’t wait to see him, but when they go to the airport to surprise him, he’s not there.  Unable to contact him, she connects with his work colleagues...and receives more questions than answers.  Where is John?  

Abby lives with her husband Ray, and two teenage children on Belport Island.  Ray is not himself lately, but Abby’s trying not to worry.  Until she receives the news that changes her comfortable life forever.  What has been happening on her beloved island?  And just how are these two women connected?  

PROS: Fast paced with a descriptive setting and a few great twists!

CONS: The sequence of events was a bit difficult to follow in places...

YES or NO:  It’s a YES for this one!  I truly enjoyed it! 

4 Stars
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Great standalone thriller! I wasn’t ready for the twists and I felt surprised every chapter. I enjoyed the dual narrative.
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Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

You got me, Christian White! I think I was more than one step behind you in this suspense thriller and by the end, my jaw was on the ground and there were dark circles under my eyes. Goodreads people, I must add another author to my favorites list.

Told in alternating chapters by the "Widow", Kate Keddie and the "Wife", Abby Gilpin, there is no shortage of questions in this standalone thriller. I thought I knew from the title what could be the story, but like Jon Snow, I really didn't have a clue!

Our story begins with Kate and her daughter waiting patiently for husband and father, John, to return from a conference in London. When John fails to meet them at the airport, Kate and John's parents begin to worry. As Kate sets about to find her husband, nothing prepares her for what happens next.

Meanwhile, the mother of two teenagers, Abby is living on Belport Island, devoted to her handyman husband and delving into her true crime reading hobby. But when a body turns up in the water, Abby cannot help but wonder if it has anything to do with her husband's strange behavior.

Don't let this one pass you by!

Goodreads review published 07/01/20
Expected Publication Date. 21/01/20
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Yes! This was an excellent read. I really enjoyed every part of this book and did not see a lot of the twists and turns coming which seems rare in a lot of the books I have been reading lately. This was a solid read that a lot of people will enjoy. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this!
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3 1/2 ⭐️‘S
Told in two voices, White tries for the big twist, but if you look for the early clues, it’s quite easy to figure out.  The characters were a bit underdeveloped, and the plot was on the convoluted side.  It had a very strong start, but was uneven in places.  The pace quickens near the end making up for some of the unevenness in the middle.  A dark tale that wasn’t bad, but lacked the suspense needed to really make it great!
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This book was very gripping, from page one.  I read multiple books at once, but sometimes books that grab me are harder to share my time with, this is one that I had a very hard time switching to others with.  I got very involved in the characters, because they were so well developed, I absolutely needed to know what the heck was going on!  Be prepared for lots of emotions pouring out of you, while reading this book, as it’s full of thrills, chills, twists & turns, shocks, and some very heartbreaking parts!  Highly, highly recommend to any of those who love the same books as me!  
Will make sure to buzz this book up on different platforms!
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I’m rounding up from a 4.5 star to 5 star review because this book did something that, as an avid reader, doesn’t happen often. It surprised me. It full on surprised me in such a good way that it made me flip back, then forth, then back again to make sure I read it correctly. I did. It was great. 

The back and forth narrative gives this story an extra edge, especially as we get to the climax of the book. 

Adding Christian White to my “must read” authors list right now.
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#thewifeandthewidow #christianwhite #Netgalley #arc #booksofinstagram #books📚 #bookrecommendations #bookreader thank you to NetGalley for this fabulous read. It had me hook, line, and sinker. We have two main characters. Kate and Abby. The wife. And the Widow. As the story unravels you feel yourself getting sucked in to their story. You are thinking to yourself. Trying to figure out where this author is going with this tale. I didn't see the ending coming and that's what I absolutely adored about this book. I was gobsmacked at the ending. Four out of five stars. I definitely would recommend and buy this for a friend. You are in for a treat
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It took me quite a while to get the "thing" about this book, which is a mark of good storytelling. Clever indeed. 

Thanks to Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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White pens a beautifully written novel where the two main characters ( Kate and Abby) offer so much.  I don’t want to give away too much but this is a perfect winter book!
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Kate Keddie is married to John, a physician working in palliative care, and they have a 10-year-old daughter named Mia. John is supposed to be at a convention and Kate goes to the airport to pick him up as a surprise.  John does not come home and he is found dead a couple days later on the island where they have a summer home.   Abby Gilpin is married to Ray and they have two teenagers, Lori and Eddie.   The Gilpins live on the island where Ray is caretaker for the vacation homes.   Abby works at the local grocery store and money is tight.  The story goes back and forth from Kate's POV to Abby's.  There are lots of surprises and twists in this book that I enjoyed very much.  Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this highly suspenseful read that kept me on the edge of my seat.
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Holy moly was this a twisted ride and I loved each and every one of those twists!! 4.5 Stars for this fantastic and entertaining book!
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“If we don’t talk about the monsters in this world, we won’t be ready for them when they jump out from under the bed.”

**4.5 stars rounded up**

Wow. I started this book earlier this afternoon, and I've pretty much read it in one sitting. I found myself frantically turning pages trying to figure out the mystery and get answers to my many questions. I didn't want to put my Kindle down. What a beautifully written story. Christian White clearly has mad skills. His writing flowed effortlessly from one page to another...it was easy, effective, and so, so clever.

While I did figure out one thing fairly early on, but there are so many twists and turns, it didn't make one iota of difference. I've already started following Mr. White on social media and have added The Nowhere Child to my to read list. In other words, I'm officially a fan. Bravo, Christian White. Bravo.

**Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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I'm a big fan of the Suspense genre so it wasn't a surprise when The Wife and the Widow caught my eye. An eerie island town? Secret lives of spouses? Count me in!
The Wife and the Widow started out strong as readers are enticed by a spouse's secrets and the cool 'spin' (not quite twist) that I enjoyed. But there are several aspects that I prevented me from giving this book a higher rating. 

First, the story moves too slowly and the regular the jumping between timelines was choppy. Second, for a 'suspense' read, it lacks the tension and self-described 'eerie' factor that I was promised. It's not atmospheric, it's just a small, quiet vacation town in the off-season. Lastly, I found the characters underdeveloped, bland and I was unable to feel anything for them. Not a good sign.

After reading rave reviews of White's debut thriller, Nowhere Child, I had high hopes for this book but, in the end, I was underwhelmed with its confusing plot, disappointing character development, lack of tension and contrived ending. This one just didn't grab me at all.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Minotaur Books for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
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I really enjoyed reading this story. It was very well written and a little different. The novel spans over many years and gives the prospective from two women and how the actions of others, can effect lives for many generations.
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The Wife and the Widow is the second novel by author Christian White. Told in alternating chapters between The Widow, Kate, and The Wife, Abby. In the first few chapters, Kate and her daughter Mia go to the airport to surprise her husband and he’s nowhere to be seen – He’s missing without a trace. She then finds out he quit his job months earlier without telling her and lied about the business trip he was supposed to be on. Kate has so many questions – Where is he? Why did he lie about his business trip? Did she ever really know her husband at all? Abby’s husband Ray, on the other hand has been acting differently and she is determined to figure out what is going on. He’s keeping some secrets from her. As a reader, we know that the two stories will somehow intersect and they do although it takes a while. I kept trying to come up with a theory as to how that was going to happen – because thats what I do! None of my theories panned out however and my jaw dropped at the twist. I did not see that ending coming. I recommend you read it when this book is released on January 21, 2020 and see if you guess the ending! This book was a quick read that I was able to finish in one day. I do like this author’s writing and I am most certainly going to check out his first novel The Nowhere Child which I just so happen to already own! I give this novel 4 1/2 stars – the only reason for the 1/2 point drop is I got a bit confused on the timeline in part of the book and the chapters didn’t indicate a difference in the time. It all made sense in the end but I think if that had been pointed out at the start of the chapters I would have had a quicker understanding – but perhaps that was the authors intent. Thank you Minotaur Books for sending me out a review copy of this excellent book in exchange for my honest review.
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Set on a small island (equal parts claustrophobic and majestic), this mystery was refreshing and well worth the read.

Some thrillers are superficial - all they do is make you race to the finish, but by the time you close the book, you’ve forgotten the story.

This one was much MORE than that. It delves into the nuances of family, love, and the place you call home. It was both eerie and gripping.

And it reminds us that we all keep secrets - just some more than others.

**Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Entertaining but not great.  I finished it and enjoyed the story.  Three and a half stars.  A bit disappointed in the ending, but so goes life.
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I can usually figure out most of the mysteries in thrillers before they're revealed.  Not this time!!  There were two parallel stories told and I wasn't sure how they were connected until it came out in the end.  Neither of the women featured - Kate and Abby - were especially likable but they were intriguing.  Kate found her own strength that she didn't know she had.  Abby had strength of her own but misplaced.

This was a real page-turner - an excellent thriller!
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