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  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780552172363
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

The Widow

A loving husband or a heartless killer...she'd know, wouldn't she?


'If you liked GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, you might want to pick up THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful' Stephen King

We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him?

Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

***** 'The book really got under my skin and had me turning pages at a rate of knots, unable to tear myself away.'
***** 'An utterly addictive read that I couldn't put down.'
***** 'Clever twists and turns . . . kept me on my toes until the end.'

Read Fiona Barton's other tantalising thrillers: THE CHILD and THE SUSPECT.

  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780552172363
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France.

Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .

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Praise for The Widow

Dark, compelling and utterly unputdownable. My book of the year so far

C. L. Taylor, author of THE ACCIDENT and THE LIE

The ultimate psychological thriller. Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through. The ending totally blew me away.


A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door. Gripping and horribly plausible

Tammy Cohen

'A brilliant, enthralling debut'

Jill Mansell

Stunning from start to finish. I devoured it in one sitting. The best book I've read this year. If you liked GONE GIRL, you'll love this. Fiona Barton is a major new talent.

M J Arlidge

A complex, intriguing heroine and a dark, unsettling story makes this a real page-turner.

Woman & Home

Feted as this year's The Girl on the Train


A cleverly conceived, interesting novel


The big thriller of the year


An unsettling, compulsive tale


A skilful, tautly written thriller


Gritty, emotional and so believable


A book you'll drop everything to whip through


Next year's The Girl on the Train


The Widow is generating a huge buzz


Will keep you gripped till the end


A highly enjoyable first novel... Gripping


Pre-order for next year


She tells her tale with a realism and restraint that add to its shattering impact


The most buzzed about book of 2016


A creepy, but gripping, read that will keep you up all night


Fiona Barton is perceptive, empathetic and a talented writer...this is a promising debut from a talented writer.

Daily Express

A strikingly strong story, executed with fierce professionalism and rings true from page one... This has bestseller written all over it.

Daily Mail

Just amazing. A mix of Patricia Highsmith with the very best of Ruth Rendell. This is going to be a huge hit

Ken Bruen

A gripping crime thriller... It's a chilling, twisting tale.

Independent 'i'

Strong female leads give this haunting thriller added bite. The Widow is deserving of its accolades.


The Widow is feminist, weighty and scarily plausible. It will haunt you.


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