The Wife and the Widow by Christian White [8/10]

The Wife and the Widow” is the eagerly awaited sophomore release of Christian White, after The Nowhere Child was a bestseller (I enjoyed it). This stylish mystery novel juxtaposes the lives of a widow, exploring the hidden secrets of her dead husband’s life, and a woman on a sleepy island off the Australian coast, exploring sudden secrets of her husband’s. The author is adept at building up the two characters and their stories, and the locales are well portrayed, but at the book’s heart is one of those all too rare plot twists that have you declaiming to your friends, “I’ll say no more but you must read this.” And I’ll say no more. And you must read The Wife and the Widow.

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