The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
It happens all the time. You hear stories about it or you may even know someone close to you whose spouse is secretly having an affair. How well do you really know the people around you? When your husband leaves for that business trip, do you trust that he is going to be where he says he will be? This is the question presented to Jacks, as she receives the worst kind of news a wife can get. Her husband has been killed in a terrible accident, but he was not in Kansas at his business conference. He was killed in Maui while sightseeing with another woman. Devastated by his death, and crushed by the news of an affair, Jacks struggles to make sense of it all. Yes they had their problems, every marriage does, but at the end of the day they were fairly happy. Weren't they?
The Good Widow examines the relationship between a husband and a wife and the lies that we tell ourselves and those around us. This book started out as a slow burn for me, but midway through, Lisa and Liz turned up the heat and I found myself racing through the last half, eager to see what was going to happen next. While this is not a "sleep with your lights on" type of thriller, the plot line will certainly mess with your head. I don't want to say too much about what happens and give anything away -- you need to read it and see for yourself! This 4 star read is out June 1, just in time for your beach vacay!
Thank you to Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.