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The Wife and the Widow Kindle Edition
|Length: 370 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"[A] stellar family drama. A clever twist near the end upends the plot's trajectory. Readers will eagerly await White's next. "--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"White exceeds readers' expectations after his super successful debut with strong, complex protagonists...and notable secondary characters who are well developed. The plot never stops and the clever twist is thrilling." --Library Journal (starred review)
"A compelling, fast-paced tale...a gripping psychological thriller that delivers on its examination of the corrosive impact of family secrets with a dramatic finish that upends expectations."--New York Review of Books
"The author does a vivid job of creating real characters and captures the alternately calm and claustrophobic feeling of island life. Some readers will find the twists fair and others, infuriating, but no doubt all will hang on to discover the ending."--Kirkus Reviews
"White delivers a shocking, excellently executed twist that will have readers reexamining their assumptions; this and the sordid details of decades-old misery and fierce parental love make The Wife and the Widow a story to remember. Fans of White's debut will be pleased with this follow-up."--Booklist
"White's sophomore outing succeeds as both a clever literary puzzle and an insistent page-turner."--The Seattle Review of Books
"White destroys any thoughts of a sophomore slump with an entrancing standalone mystery. White draws readers in quickly and adroitly with this compulsive tale, which is a stay-up-all-night kind of book full of masterful plotting and strong characters. The claggy setting is fittingly oppressive and everything builds to a culmination that is breathtaking."--Mystery Scene
"Gripping. White maintains a steady flow even as he nimbly uses history and secondary characters to create multiple potential scenarios. Misdirects and a terrific reveal midway through the novel add to the pleasure of White's second standalone thriller."--Shelfawareness
"White knows his way around a plot twist. Even the most die-hard thriller reader will be surprised at the direction The Wife and the Widow takes, but even without its truly shocking reveal, White's thriller stands out for its penetrating examination of marriage and the lies that build between spouses. White's eerie, patient unraveling of small deceptions makes The Wife and the Widow a hypnotic reading experience."--BookPage
"White is a master of the art of misdirection. Just when you think you have worked things out, he pulls back the curtain to reveal his cunning sleight of hand. It's often hard to write about the machinations of a really good crime novel without giving too much away, and this is indeed the case with The Wife and the Widow."--Sydney Morning Herald--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07XZ1P2JR
- Publisher : Affirm Press (24 September 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1798 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 778 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is a hard story to talk too much about without giving anything away. What you need to know is that it told from 2 different points of view. There is Kate, whose husband fails to return from an overseas business trip. His secrets start to come out and she wonders if she really knew him at all. And then there is Abby who learns that her husband is a killer. Another woman who thought she knew the man that she married.
That is it... you need to read this book to find out anything else. Told in alternative chapters between the 2 women this book will hook you from the start. The twist will floor you - it did me!! I stayed up really late to finish this book, it was going to be impossible for me to sleep without knowing how it ended.
Absolutely fantastic story by another great Australian writer...
You need to read this book, trust me 😊 (less)
Surely that’s not what the author was after.
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I apologize as this novel was a disappointment for me. It started out strong but then wasn’t keeping me engaged in the story. I found the characters underdeveloped. Kate, the widow, was too passive to be interesting as a main character. Abby, the wife, was unpleasant and not at all likeable. The men in their lives were very much enigmas. I found the pace uneven, the plot convoluted, and the ending frantic. I failed to feel any empathy for the characters, and this diluted any suspense for me. A strong sense of place or atmosphere was missing.
Because I enjoyed The Nowhere Child so much, I will definitely read the author’s next book. I realize that many readers rated this book highly and that I am in the minority. Prospective readers should not be dissuaded by my misgivings.
Deshalb bestellte ich "The Wife and the Widow" sofort vor.
Leider kann ich das für diesen Roman nur im negativen Sinne sagen. Vielleicht geht man nach einem so guten Erstlingswerk mit hohen Erwartungen an den Folgeroman heran, aber für mich war dies alles in allem kein großer Lesegenuß:
- Die Charaktere waren durch die Bank unsympathisch (Frau und Witwe) oder schlichtwegs blaß, unterentwickelt, nicht greifbar (die dazugehörigen Männer).
- Die Entwicklung der "Witwe" von passivem Hausmütterchen zur tatkräftigen, rigorosen Detektivin war einfach nur unglaubhaft
- Die Kinder waren ebenfalls unsympathische, verwöhnte Gören
- Das Setting auf der Insel hätte so viel Potenzial gehabt, so viel Atmosphäre verdient, samt erdverbundenen Einwohnern, aber war komplett steril
- Die ersten 80 Seiten waren sehr langsam, sehr betulich, kein Thrill, fast schon einschläfernd
- Die Auflösung war so vertrackt und verzwickt (wenn auch ein wirklicher Hammer, definitiv überraschend), dass man das Buch ein zweites Mal lesen musste um allem wirklich folgen zu können, überprüfen und verstehen zu können.
Vielleicht ist das für manche Leser tatsächlich ein Genuss, mich ärgerte jedoch diese vertrackte Situation, die jedes "AHA"-Gefühl im Keim erstickte.
Fazit: Definitiv orginell mit einer absolut überraschenden Wendung, aber zu kompliziert und konstruiert, zu unsympathische klischeehafte Protagonisten. Und darüber hinaus: Zweimal Lesen ist notwendig um wirklich komplett alles zu verstehen.
Wichtig: Bitte nicht das Nachwort als erstes lesen - hier wird der "Clou" enthüllt.