Title: “The Good Widow”
Author: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Genre: “Suspense” (so says the marketers…)
Publication Date: June 1, 2017 (Lake Union Publishing)
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Before I knock “The Good Widow” too much, I’ll say this: A lot of people seem to love it, and I get it. It’s fun book candy, perfect for a beach day, forgettable but still entertaining. It just didn’t do it for me. The writing was meh, I spotted a number of typos and at least one timeline error that really bugged me, and the whole thing felt implausible and overdone. I can’t for the life of me figure out why Jacks and Nick (whose partners took their affair to Maui, where they were killed when they went over a cliff) decided to go to Maui to “retrace their steps.” But … but … but why?
The biggest thing, however, is that this was marketed as “suspense.” Don’t grab it if you’re looking for a true-blue thriller or something that’s actually suspenseful. Yes, there’s a twist at the end, but at least 90% of the book is basic chick-lit/fiction. And that’s great for those who are looking for that, but I wasn’t. As others have commented, it felt like a Lifetime movie, and I was glad when the final credits rolled.