The Good Widow

Bestselling authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make their suspense debut in this twisty, emotional thriller.

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…

Books that are written by author collaboration generally fall into 2 categories: they are either a disjointed mess where you can tell more than one person had their hand in it (the screenplay for the new Mummy movie immediately comes to mind) or the dual creativity is blended so well you can’t tell multiple voices have been blended together to create one piece.

Thankfully this falls into the latter category rather than the former.

Liz and Lisa have created an intriguing suspense filled novel but that theme is so subtlety woven throughout this work you often find yourself wondering how these various plot points are going to be answered but the authors manage to provide everything you need to enjoy it in a binge worthy way.

The Hawaii setting created a nice contrasting tone to an otherwise dark storyline of 2 people meeting under horrible circumstances; their significant others are not only dead but had apparently been having an affair with each other.

You will surely want to read through to the end as the last pages will have your fingers glued to the paper in an ending you never saw coming.

Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to review this book.

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