Review: The Widower’s Wife


Book Title: The Widower’s Wife
Author: Cate Holahan
Series: None
Genres: Domestic Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller

Date Read: 11/06/16
Pub Date: 08/09/16


Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten million dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall. So the official ruling seems to be substantiated.

Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

Cate Holahan looks at the dark underbelly of a marriage from the perspectives of the detective and the victim in her tense and enthralling page-turner, The Widower’s Wife.

First I’d like to apologize for being MIA the past week. I missed my weekly wrap up and I am up to my eyeballs in past due reviews. The Humphrey household has fallen apart (between sickness and, quite literally, falling apart) and we are just now functioning again. I appreciate all those who have messaged and checked on me. I finished this book last week and have been dying to review it; I’d also love to discuss things with others who have read it that I can’t review here because of spoilers, but my mind was spinning a bit.

First off- GORGEOUS COVER ALERT. Love it. Seriously. It was what initially made me click that button on NetGalley and bring it home to mama. And before you get all defensive on my rating, a 3 star-in my book-is still an enjoyable read and does not mean I wouldn’t recommend it! I’ve heard that sermon too many times to count. The pacing was absolutely stunning; I literally couldn’t put this book down. I was taking it everywhere with me; the gym, the kid’s school, picking it up during nap time and bed. This was a super pacy read and if you are needing something to completely absorb your attention, this is it baby. I love how the POV switches between the past voice of Ana and the present voice of Ryan. In the first third of the book, the author had my head whipping back and forth trying to keep up with the ever-changing plot and twisty twists y’all. PAGE TURNER.

But then I started having issues. They weren’t the type that would bother everyone; in fact, it seems as though one of the major issues I had with credibility and realistic plot aspect went unconcerned by most readers, so it might just be a me issue. I wish I could write out each issue here, but I can’t due to spoilers; let’s just say once I hit about 50% in, I was calling every single plot twist before they happened. I don’t feel this is due to my intelligence in any means; I think it was simply just a form of reading books with the same plot too many times before. Every time I would catch the beginning of a set up and say “surely this won’t be the answer since its the easiest and most logical/obvious choice”, yet it was. I went back to thinking of that first third that had me so fooled, then I realized most of it was due to ever changing plot. You would be told one thing, but then corrected and told the “actual truth” at a later date. The only conclusion I could come to is that the tidbits that would allude to a twist were not subtle in the least. Mystery solvers who like to piece together the clues will probably not enjoy this one if that be the type of read you’re looking for; however, if you are looking for a suspenseful thriller that will keep you engaged-this is it! I was impressed that, even figuring out the twists ahead of time, this book still captivated my attention in such a grand gesture. Kudos to the author and I will be checking out her previous book; it’s already on my Amazon wish-list! Definitely an author to keep on the radar folks; this girl’s got talent!

*Thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

11 thoughts on “Review: The Widower’s Wife”

  1. I really quite fancy this book, although it still seems to be in hardback in the UK and I’ve never heard of the publisher (Bookspan? Seems to be a new version of the old Book Of The Month clubs, from what a quick Google search told me.) 3.5 stars is a totally respectable score – I’m guilty of giving out too many 4s and 5s, which means you’ve nothing higher to give a really special book. Hope things are better in your home this week. I’ve been ill, but at least it’s just me — my two have flown the nest! Love the blog; delighted to have discovered it! All the best from Scotland!

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  2. Oh Chelsea, I hope things are better this week! :** Kisses from Spain!

    “surely this won’t be the answer since its the easiest and most logical/obvious choice”, I hate when that happens, I always feel betrayed XD

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  3. This book looks so good! I’d seen it earlier and wondered if it would be a letdown after reading the description and getting excited…. i love thrillers so I think I’m going to give it a try!

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