Hey there – welcome to another book review! I have just finished yet another book and writing this review while the book is still fresh in my mind. Todays book is..
The Wife & the Widow by Christian White
“Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and The Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?”
I really love this author, and I was very much looking forward to reading this book, but this one sadly didn’t fully hit the mark for me 😔 I found it very flat, and I felt like not much really happened until right at the end. For me, books need to have twists & turns throughout to help keep you hooked in and engaged, especially thrillers. I wasn’t ‘wowed’ by this one sadly 😭 It was still and alright read though!
The book was from two different women’s perspectives (and two different times, that I only figured out near the end?? I am unsure if it was meant to be like this or I just missed something??), The ‘Wife’ and the ‘Widow’.
It was set in Melbourne, and also on an island called Belport (which doesn’t actually exist, I checked haha), fictionally located in the Bass Strait region off Victoria’s coast.
I didn’t predict the ending, but the whole thing was just flat for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I read it a chapter or so at a time and not in a big chunk? Though this is how I usually read.
This one has a lot of great ratings on Goodreads, I can see why, but it didn’t reach my expectations unfortunately. If you’re a thriller/mystery lover, I’d highly suggest reading this one to see what you think!
The genres of this one are mystery, thriller, fiction, suspense, adult and cultural (Australian).
I rate this one a 6/10.
Thanks for checking out my review! 😊