The Widower's Wife

The Widower's Wife

A Thriller

Book - 2016
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Ana Bacon, a beautiful young wife and mother, tumbled off a cruise ship into dark and deadly waters. Ana is gone--leaving behind her wealthy husband and adorable daughter--but not everything about her disappearance adds up. What secrets did she leave behind? Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten-million-dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall, and the official ruling seems to hold up. Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana's life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.
Publisher: New York, NY : Crooked Lane Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781629537658
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 08, 2018

The oxy-moronic title is a good clue to the plot. The jarring (at least to me) incorrect use of the word 'gate' three times instead of 'gait' and the word 'discrete' twice instead of 'discreet' leaves me wondering if proofreaders have taken a vacation. It's a reasonably good story but nothing to really write home about due to some plot holes. There's nothing to sear the writer's style into your memory or want to take another chance on her.

Nov 15, 2017

This novel has everything I love in a fiction/suspense/thriller novel.
The fast pace hooks the reader early on in the story. It has the authenticity of a true crime docudrama. As the story unfolds, twists ramp up the suspense...chapters alternate between the circumstances leading up to a missing person, the "accidental drowning" and the claim that she is dead however her body is never found. The insurance investigation is required to determine if the claim is legitimate. The payout on the claim is very substantial, atypical of the average person’s coverage. It is the sequence of events, their placement in the story, alternating from past to present, which includes the wife’s perspective (victim) as well as the chronology established through the insurance investigation that keep the reader interested and motivated to continue reading.
The story involves issues such as sexual harassment in the corporate workplace, the plight of illegal immigrants and their exploitation by the extremely wealthy who live a decadent, privileged lifestyle, domestic violence, smuggling of drugs and illegals, greed, betrayal, insurance fraud and murder. The author’s thorough research on psychopathology and the psychopathic personality, borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder were not only accurate and informative; they were nicely woven into the story. An excellent read for readers with a passion for authentic, well-written, fast paced, suspenseful crime novels.

Dec 08, 2016

Well written, a straightforward plot with all the twists of a good murder mystery.


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