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April 27, 2016

Liked It: The Other Widow by Susan Crawford

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Publisher
Genre: General Fiction| Mystery & Thriller

The author of The Pocket Wife explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity in this sizzling novel of psychological suspense.

Everybody’s luck runs out. This time it could be theirs . . .

It isn’t safe. That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair—moments before their car skids off an icy road in a blinding snowstorm and hits a tree. Desperate to keep her life intact—her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily—Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. Now she’s going to put on the most challenging performance of her life. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone. . . .

Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating—she found some suspicious e-mails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her—this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable . . . and on her own.

Insurance investigator Maggie Devlin is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk—a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things—and people—are never what they seem to be.

As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge . . . closer to each other . . . to a terrifying truth . . . to a shocking end.




One of my more morbid guilty pleasure is watching true crime shows. Reality is stranger than fiction most of the time and the continuous revelation of man's darkest sides and basest desires is always fascinating subject to me. 

THE OTHER WIDOW by Susan Crawford sounds like it might be a crime of passion rife with riddles and a compelling whodunit. Who killed Joe and why? Does his affair with his co-worker, Dorrie, have anything to do with it? Or is it the spurned wife, Karen, that did it out of revenge? 

The answer to Joe's murder is complex and simple at the same time. I liked how SCrawford through Maggie delved deeper in both Karen and Dorrie's life as the case investigation moves forward. None of the characters are paragons of virtue, like in most cases of this nature, the situation is far from black and white. The middle part is muddy, unhappy, and usually filled with discontent. And I know a lot of you has adultery on your list of hard limits, rest assured that SCrawford didn't romanticize nor justify the cheating. Joe and Dorrie's affair is plainly stated and everyone is both the victim and offender. 

The resolution about Joe's death is satisfactory. It was staring at me in the face the entire time but SCrawford is great at diverting my attention elsewhere. I just wished there's closure in both Karen and Dorrie's respective storylines. Karen handled everything superbly, I don't think I'd be as graceful if I found out my husband was an adulterer post-humous and murdered at that. I'd probably go like "You deserve it you dirty mofo!" and proceed to drinking my weight in alcohol. As for Dorrie, let's just say she found herself in a tight spot and her storyline's ending isn't indicative of what the outcome is. I need closure!

In any case, THE OTHER WIDOW is an engrossing read. SCrawford motivated me to keep reading until I found out who killed Joe, how, and why not to mention Karen and Dorrie's intertwined lives. 








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36 comments:

  1. I understand, I need closure too

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    1. Unless there's a sequel then feel free to keep me hanging

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  2. Sorry the book didn't give that much closure to the two women. This does sound like an intriguing novel, and definitely something you could see on a true crime show. I also love those! Truth is definitely crazier than fiction sometimes.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  3. I wonder who did it now too...

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    1. It's obvious but I suck at this and I was so distracted by the whole thing

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  4. Okay, now I'm really curious. WHO DUN IT???

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  5. I would feel the same, I need closure. Open or vague endings drive me crazy, lol :)

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    1. It doesnt work for standalones that's for sure

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  6. I've always been fascinated by them as well. Glad this was an okay read for you.

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    1. I can only watch one episode at a time, too much and I get creeped out.

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  7. That sucks that there wasn't much of a closure when it came to those two characters. I do like that the author kept distracting you from the truth though. I've been looking for more mystery book recs lately, so I might check this out.
    Great review!

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    1. I know you like YA too, you might want to check out The May Queen Murders as well

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  8. Yeah, I'd be wanting more closure as well if it's a standalone.

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    1. There are situations where I'm comfortable figuring it out. But in this case, because a LOT have happened and a LOT of things are at stake, I wish she tied up the ends neatly.

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  9. I can't imagine finding that out after his death. What mixed feelings!


    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I might have killed him again. Dismember him. Desecrate his body. lol

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  10. The story overall sounds fascinating, Braine. I like that Crawford kept you sufficiently diverted from the outcome throughout but I'm sorry you didn't get the closure you needed with Karen and Dorrie.

    As for the adultery, I think readers feel differently about it when it's a part of a story like this rather than a romance.

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    1. That's true. In this context, I don't think it will chafe the same way it will if this were a romance. He died, karma was quick to do that lol

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  11. Well now I want to know whodunit! Not having complete closure is definitely a negative though. :(

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    1. You have to read it then to know lol

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  12. I have been reading a lot more thrillers and mysteries lately, but too many of them seem to fail to deliver, which I think is the case with this one. Too bad....

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    1. Read The May Queen Murders instead?

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  13. I'm not into the crime shows, but do enjoy thriller books. Oh but the need for closure. UGH! I hate that so much. Especially with thrillers. Always need closure even if it isn't an HEA.

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    1. I feel like it's sorely needed here. With everything that happened, this chapter in their lives should be closed properly.

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  14. well you've got me intrigued, but I don't like to be kept hanging either.

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    1. It's okay if there's a sequel but there's none so I'm left guessing

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  15. Sounds suspenseful, and I can totally see this on Lifetime. These are the type of books that I'd rather watch the film of. Glad you liked it!

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  16. I enjoy these types of twisty reads that are always more than they seem up front.

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    1. I like the brain excercise. It creeps up on you versus the fast paced and intense ones where it's all adrenaline.

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  17. You know I'm always game with these type of books. Thanks for putting it in my radar!

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  18. Hahaha - yeah, there are some real crimes that are stranger than fiction for sure. Infidelity isn't a hard or soft limit for me, especially when it comes to this genre. Sounds good.

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  19. Sounds like a great read. I don't mind cheating if it isn't a romance. I mean, I wouldn't want to see it, but if it isn't a romance and has a purpose in the story, like this one, I don't mind it. It was like a discussion post I saw last week about discrimination. We can't pretend it never happens. If we want or stories for feel real, then they need to have real life things like cheaters, racists and other people like that. Just don't try to make me like them or convince me they are good people. :-) Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  20. Ugh, I need closure toooooooo!!! I do like a good mystery. Cheating is okay with me sometimes. it depends.

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