The Good Widow

When the police knock on Jack's door her world is shattered. Her husband died in Hawaii.At first she wonders why he was there. Then she find out more disturbing news. He was there with his mistress. Now her grief is mixed with anger and betrayal. When her fiance Nick shows up and suggests they investigate together in Hawaii, it seems like a perfect idea. Now she and Nick have a connection through their grief and they understand each other like no one else could. Their lives seem to be moving in the same direction.

The realism of Jack's anger and grief were refreshing. I have read stories before where the protagonist gets over their loss in a ridiculous amount of time and it jars the reader out of the plot. Not so with this novel. Long after her husbands death and even after discovering his adultery, she still misses him and mourns their time together.

Nick seems like a really great guy that always takes care of Jack and seemed to take care of Dylan but there are some things that pop up that don't quite mesh with his good guy vibe.

Jack's husband James irritated me, not only because he perused Dylan and began the affair, but some of the things he said and some of his actions with his wife were over the top.

Finally, Dylan who gets her own POV to tell her story. She has made some bad decisions but is not a terrible person. I actually found myself feeling sorry for her a few time.

There are some good mystery elements and definitely suspense. After reading this, I doubt Jack will let herself fall in love anytime in the near future.

Book Blurb for 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…

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2017 3.50