The Good Widow – Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Publisher & Date: Lake Union Publishing, June 1st, 2017
“His fingers slithered like a snake to find hers. She opened her palm and accepted them. There was something about the commanding way he reached for her. It felt like a statement. You are mine. The reality was less clear. Because she was but she wasn’t . And it was in this contradiction where their relationship lived…”
Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.
For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.
Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…
I believe I set my expectations way too high after reading The Good Widow synopsis. The Good Widow is the first suspense written by author duo Lisa and Liz and as far as firsts go, this was great. However, it was still not what I had expected.
The first chapter set a beautiful tone for the rest of the story and caught my attention right away. Unfortunately, the next few chapters were not the same. This book was a little too slow for my liking (but that is for me, many others will find the pace of this story just right). For me, I knew what was going to happen before it happened. While some may enjoy knowing what happens and watching it unfold before them, I prefer to be knocked-off-my-feet surprised once clues are revealed at the end. My attention didn’t really catch again until Jacks and Nick were in Maui.
This story is told in the viewpoint of Jacks and Dylan (the other woman) before and after in incident occurred giving the readers glimpses into the minds of their protagonists.
I fully enjoyed the writing style of Lisa and Liz as they blended their talents into a perfectly suspenseful tone that was consistent throughout the book. Lisa and Liz did a wonderful job of fully developing characters and added a fresh spin on a domestic drama. While predictable, that did not lessen the impact on ending what-so-ever.
Suspense, a scenic Hawaiian setting, and a beautiful eerie tone made this a good, quick read for a rainy day spent inside.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for more than twenty-five years. They’ve survived high school, college, and the publishing of three novels together. Liz lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and two bonus children. Visit Liz and Lisa at http://www.lizandlisa.com.
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