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The Widow
The Widow | Fiona Barton
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'The ultimate psychological thriller' Lisa GardnerWe'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 Taylors life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all shed 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 shes alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.Du Maurier's REBECCA meets WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and GONE GIRL in this intimate tale of a terrible crime.'My book of the year so far' C. L. Taylor, author of THE LIE
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throwmeabook
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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So happy I made the time to visit my local library today. Can‘t complain about my #bookhaul either 💕📚Which one should I start with?

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kbibliophilific
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Another book with such drastic mixed reviews…. Here‘s to seeing what I think…!

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TheQuietQuill
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Panpan

I wish this book came with a warning. I had NO idea most of it would be centered around child abuse, and how a toddler went missing. If I knew, I wouldn‘t have picked it up. It‘s not graphic, but still just makes me sick reading.
I felt the story moved really slow too, and we all knew who did it. Wasn‘t really a mystery. I think I‘m going to skip her other books.

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Areader2
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

I am a day late for #novelnovember but I finished The Widow , it was a mystery, thriller with different perspectives every chapter to give you an understanding of what each character was thinking.
I am almost halfway on The girl who Wrote in Silk , didn‘t hit my goal but a solid week of reading, and a visit to meet our new granddaughter😄

Andrew65 I love the Widow. Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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KristenDuck
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

I loved the narrators for this audiobook, and they really helped me get into the mind of each character!

It all starts when little Bella goes missing, and Jean Taylor‘s husband is accused of taking her. Now, she is a widow, but what exactly happened to her husband? And who did take Bella?

Definitely a mystery, and if nothing else, worth a listen with the audiobook. I did see this ending coming from very early on, but I couldn‘t stop listening!

jennbee I don‘t usually go for audiobooks, but this definitely sounds like it would be great to listen to! 2y
KristenDuck @jennbee yup I love when it‘s different narrators doing the voices! 2y
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WonderlandMind
Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this thriller. There were no twists that I didn‘t expect, but it was a fun read. I loved the various perspectives and the timeline jumps to add to the story.

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Rachel725
The Widow | Fiona Barton
Pickpick

A heart wrenching story about love and loss, with some psychotic twists. A little slow at moments but overall a great novel. Loved how the narrator changed from chapter to chapter. Solid 7.5/10 pick

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jenniferajanes
Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

This book was a slow burn - building up to the reveal by looking at the perspectives of the police detective, a newspaper reporter, and the widow. It is definitely more about character development than action. I found it interesting and look forward to reading The Child and The Suspect.

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Decalino
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Mehso-so

I probably woildn't have started this book if I'd realized it was about a missing toddler and her suspected murderer. Although iit was never graphic in the slightest, it still left me pretty queasy. The story worked fairly well as a psychological study, but it wasn't particularly suspenseful and ultimately just not my cup of tea.

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FantasyChick
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Bailedbailed

Can someone just tell me how this one ends because I want to know the "big reveal" but I'm just not interested in doing the work to get there. Just over 50% in and I feel like I've been reading this for weeks.

#bookspinbingo #JubilantJuly
@Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

KatieDid927 From what I remember there really isn‘t much of a big reveal. Others can correct me if I‘m wrong, it‘s been a few years. Her husband did what everyone thought he did which was obvious, to me. 3y
Andrew65 Oh no! 😔 3y
TheAromaofBooks Sorry this one didn't work for you!! It's been so long since I read it that I can't remember exactly how it comes out, but I do remember being not-surprised. The husband definitely was the guilty one, but I can't remember if there were any more details/items of interest. Be like me - skip to the end & read the last few chapters... I frequently do that when I am OVER a book & need to move on!!! 3y
TheAromaofBooks PS As far as I'm concerned, bails totally “count“ for checking off a box on your bingo board since it still gets the book off the list, so great progress nonetheless!!! 3y
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vlwelser
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Panpan

#unpopularopinion time. I just didn't like this. It's not a thriller. Nothing really happens. And I didn't really like any of the characters.

#Doublespin done ✔
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great review! I definitely felt like the thriller/mystery aspect of this one was lacking. 3y
Megabooks Yeessss!! Definitely not a thriller!!! 3y
Hooked_on_books I tried one of her books and wasn‘t at all impressed. 3y
vlwelser @TheAromaofBooks @Megabooks @Hooked_on_books Maybe this isn't the unpopular opinion. Lol. 3y
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mollyrotondo
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WOW this was an extremely well written thriller. I did not know that the story was centered around a crime against a child and focused on pedophiles because the description reveals nothing. But the book was written so well that it didn‘t get overly graphic but yet still gave you this feeling of dread and sickness. I think that shows how well Barton writes that she doesn‘t need to be graphic to tell a rough story. Book One #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great review! I really enjoyed this one and also thought she did a great job handling some tough topics without exploiting them for the sake of the story. There are two more books in this series now that I didn't enjoy quite as much but were still pretty good reads. 3y
mollyrotondo @TheAromaofBooks yeah I was turned off when I discovered the nature of the crime but the story ended up being written so well that I‘m glad I stuck with it. I want to read her next book, The Child. Is wasn‘t as good though? 3y
TheAromaofBooks Part of it is just personal preference. I found both books to be definitely worth reading. The Child is good, but a little less urgent (?? Not sure what word to use lol) than The Widow. The Suspect has much better pacing and had me racing through the pages, but it kind of ends up being a sad story so it was hard for me to really love it. But I would totally read them if you enjoyed this one - they both have a lot to offer & they were still picks. 3y
Joanne1 Totally agree. 3y
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FromMyLectory
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

The book was powerful in its course of narration for it definitely made me change my mind about who really was guilty and made me emotionally turbid as I kept shifting between waves of sympathy, anger and hatred for the couple. It's a worthy read and yet I would have loved to have a more solid closure to the chain of emotions unleashed by the author.

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LibraryCin
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Mehso-so

The book flips back and forth in time and switches viewpoints (between Jean, Kate, a detective, and a couple of other viewpoints). But, it‘s mostly easy to follow as each chapter is headed with whose POV it is and the date. Of course, as the book continues, we learn what those terrible things Glen might have done were. With short chapters, it kept me wanting to read. I did think the ending was a bit abrupt, though.

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Sammidnightsun
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

Was surprised this was better than I thought it would be

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kricheal
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

I really loved this. The different POVs, the jumps in time, the payoff at the end was a little anticlimactic. The character of the widow is such a tough person to empathize with, but somehow you do because of the emotional abuse she herself was under. #57 #2019

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Jhullie
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

I tossed up between a pick and a so-so for this one. The characters weren‘t particularly likable and the subject matter of a missing child and pornography was hard to read but ultimately it did keep me picking it up at every opportunity and the writing was skillful so a pick won out. It is told through several perspectives and time frames which made it interesting and I will definitely read the next in the series.

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suzie.reads
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

Book 1 in the Kate Waters series and although it was a good psychological thriller it wasn't as good as I expected it to be 🤔 Still a pick though!
#TBRRead #WinterGames
+16 points for #TeamElectricSex @LibrarianRyan @Clwojick @StayCurious

#seriesread @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 👍👍👍 3y
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kricheal
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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OH MY GOSH! Fiona Barton liked my tweet! #swoon

EKonrad Love when authors do this! So cool! 3y
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kricheal
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlyreading

What do you think of this book?

Andrew65 I loved this, quite a fresh approach. 3y
suzie.reads I am reading the next supposed to be really good 3y
Cathythoughts Sounds good! I think I‘ll try a sample on kindle 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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ScarySandy
Udovica | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

This book what can I say about it without spoilers? Ummm just read it there you go

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Bec_lectic
Widow | Fiona Barton
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Excited this was available at the library today! Hope it‘s as good as all her others ☺️

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bookaholic1
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

Wow, the book itself advertises that it's a thriller. Which I didn't think it was at all. The widows husband kidnaps some child, kills her and lies about it, til one day he admits it to his wife.
The book wasn't bad, but a thriller? I didn't think so.

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Alfrazier21
Widow | Fiona Barton
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I‘ve been on vacation and Internet has been spotty to say the least, so I think I‘ve missed a day or so of posting covers! 😖 I‘ll post 2 today just to make sure 😜

#7Days7Covers - Day 5

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Victoria_Clyne
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

I wasn't sure how I was going to go with this book given what the husband was accused of but I quite enjoyed it. I liked that it was told from several characters point of view and that it covered how Jean felt then and now. I listened to this and there was an interesting interview between the author and narrator at the end. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series, the series is about Kate the reporter.

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Joanne1
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Pickpick

A dark and gloomy tale for a dark and gloomy day. The Widow isn‘t anything earth-shattering but it‘s a very readable, intriguing mystery that had me flip flopping in my head to nearly the end. Told from multiple POV and both forwards and backwards in time making it structurally interesting.

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bookandcat
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Panpan

Finished this for Thursday's book club. This book is NOT like Gone Girl or Girl on a Train - it's more like "the person napping next to the girl on the train". Very boring. You learn all the info you need to know in ch 1-2 and then nothing happens. It wasn't suspenseful/thrilling. Misleading cover. Competent enough writing but a total snoozefest. A Jodi Picoult-esque treatment would work better, but pedophilia doesn't offer nuanced debate. 1 ?

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Miladygrimm
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Because I just can‘t get enough unreliable narrators.

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Lesley1
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Mehso-so

I wouldn‘t call this book a thriller. It was more of a drawn out explanation of how a crime was committed. It wasn‘t necessarily boring but I don‘t think much happened in the book. I thought it was ok. Planning to continue the Kate Waters series, though. The third book was just released this year.

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nrjohnso
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Mehso-so

The plot twists were mediocre and character development was nonexistent. Just ok...
Overall score 3.0/5.0

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Megnogged
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Starting my pick for my Herbology 🌿 O.W.L. #magicalreadathon2019 #audiobook #audible

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FromMyLectory
The Widow | Fiona Barton

“The simple lies are the hardest, funnily enough. The big ones seem to just fall off the tongue.”

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
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FromMyLectory @RaimeyGallant thanks a ton ❤️ 4y
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BibliOphelia
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Mehso-so

If you‘re really into character-driven suspense and don‘t mind implied child sex abuse, this may be for you. The former was fairly well done, although the MC becomes less sympathetic as the story moves on. The latter just became a bit much for me - nothing graphic at all, just distressing and depressing - and I made it through to the end only as it was my only audio option in a long car trip.

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BibliOphelia
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Belated post of me waiting for my college roomie to show up for our girls‘ weekend. It was a lot of fun, but I think I got more book shopping than book reading done. That‘s okay, right?

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Breanne1
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Panpan

My cat is perfectly expressing my feelings as I read this...I almost didn‘t finish but pushed through. ⭐️

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BibliOphelia
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Help! Just started this on audio and wondering if anyone can tell me if this is going to get graphic and disturbing?? I‘m a bit wrecked and not sure if I can do graphic and disturbing right now. If you‘ve read this, how would you rate the squick factor?

Jeannineth I liked it. It wasn‘t graphic. 4y
BibliOphelia @Jeannineth Thanks!! I think I‘ll keep going! 4y
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LiteraryAries
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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My first book for February!

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Busha1984
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐
Really enjoyed this one. My first Fiona Barton book and I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of secrets and lies, time hopping, and a decent ending.

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Callemarie
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

This book wasnt bad. I woulsnt day it's my most favorite thing I've read but it was ok. It picked up at the end for me and even with its grim theme, made me laugh out loud in one part. Im.interested to see how The Child and the Suspect are.

KatieDid927 I liked The Child slightly more. Found an ARC of The Suspect so will check that one out soon. 4y
Jeannineth I liked it too. I like her writing . I recently heard her new book is called The Suspect. 4y
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Callemarie
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Decided to buy a new notebook for myself for my reading. I am in love.

jessinikkip Where did you find such a gorgeous book? 4y
Callemarie @jessinikkip I got it from marshalls!!!! 4y
jessinikkip Cool :) it is such a pretty cover I may have to see if I can get by Marshalls and see what ours has. 4y
BookishMarginalia Love it! 4y
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nschneider14
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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My goal for this year is to read 50 books in 365 days. Book #1...The Widow!

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4y
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Callemarie
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I just realized I have like 15 books i need to read this month. YIKES. if i can pull it off itll be a first for me. Downloaded this bad boy to listen to at work

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Paus0312
The Widow | Fiona Barton
Pickpick

Intense!!!!!

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Book_Fairy_Mary
Widow | Fiona Barton
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Pickpick

A quick read with just enough twists and turns to keep me interested.

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Jess7
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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OMG — this is too much Danielle! You have out done yourself! Thank you so much for this lovely Christmas package of goodies sent all the way from Canada! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I‘m very glad you‘re a part of the @LitsyWelcomeWagon team! 😘❄️🎄

Jess7 I‘m mailing you something - it should arrive in a couple weeks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😘 4y
Jess7 Also I just realized it didn‘t let out a gift message - but it‘s from book depository so hopefully you‘ll know it‘s from me @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Whoo hoo. Glad it arrived! Ho ho ho 🎅 4y
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ElectricKatyLand
The Widow | Fiona Barton
Pickpick

Mystery told from multiple perspectives over a few years, centered on the wife of an alleged pedophile/murderer and the media circus surrounding the investigation, trial, and aftermath. Quick and suspenseful read.

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Deborah42
The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Mehso-so

A psychological thriller centered around the disappearance of a toddler whose body has not been found. The prime suspect is dead and his wife may or may not know more than she is telling.

The mystery was not especially surprising, but I was interested enough to finish the book.

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basket-of-books
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Starting The Widow by Fiona Barton for #mamasbookclub over on Instagram. I don't tend to read thrillers or mysteries (I'm not sure what category this book falls into 😅) despite liking a good mystery so I'll see how this one goes 🤞

#thewidow #fionabarton #reading #currentread #mystery