Books, Thriller/Mystery

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lasa Steinke Book Review

Your fate will still find you, no matter how much you hide from it.”

Excerpt from:
The Good Widow
by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

I enjoy psychological thriller novels because they make me think about what is going on and what will happen next in the tale. It’s fun for me to read surprising novels, especially if they take me off guard.

In fact, I had great hopes for this story. It’s intriguing to learn what happened to the two people that died throughout the incident. I had a lot of predictions, but while I was reading it, I went to check it up on Google to see whether it was a thriller or a romance since I thought the tale was more on the romantic side, which disappointed me. I’m not clear how seeing the scene of the incident will assist the main character in letting go. The narrative was absurd. The tale started off pretty slowly, but by the latter third of it, it picked up speed and I felt like I was waiting for Dylan to make a move in the past when she found out James’ true attitude. I was contemplating if she might change her mind at that point, but nothing materialized. Furthermore, the author left out the details of their deaths.

Also, while reading the section of Dylan where she is terrified of what Nick did to her after she broke up with him, I thought to myself, “Really?!” Is she insane? She should have expected Nick to feel this way after breaking his heart. I’m not suggesting Nick’s actions were appropriate, but if that guy was truly head over heels for her and she shattered his heart that horribly, she should’ve realized he wouldn’t remain or even let her leave so easy. I became annoyed when Dylan acted like a victim and was terrified of Nick, which, in my opinion, was her fault that Nick acted that way.

This work struck me as more of a romance than a thriller, and I was disappointed with the plot and ending. It was not appealing to me. I had previously guessed what would occur. It would be preferable if the author experimented more and surprised their readers with a dramatic twist that left them dumbfounded.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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