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The second standalone thriller from the award-winning author of THE NOWHERE CHILD Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husbands secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned The second standalone thriller from the award-winning author of THE NOWHERE CHILD Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and The Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?


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The second standalone thriller from the award-winning author of THE NOWHERE CHILD Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husbands secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned The second standalone thriller from the award-winning author of THE NOWHERE CHILD Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and The Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

30 review for The Wife and the Widow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    OMG!OMG!OMG! Im not a religious person but any example masterpiece writing is a quite definition of finding the real miracle in the earth for me. And this book is impeccable, detailed, surprising, mind-blowing, so smartly written. I wish I had a chance to clone this authors special gift and brain cells and have them transplanted into my miserable head! This mean genius author literally plays an unfair game with your mind. Its impossible to win against him because he is too intelligent. I fooled OMG!OMG!OMG! I’m not a religious person but any example masterpiece writing is a quite definition of finding the real miracle in the earth for me. And this book is impeccable, detailed, surprising, mind-blowing, so smartly written. I wish I had a chance to clone this author’s special gift and brain cells and have them transplanted into my miserable head! This mean genius author literally plays an unfair game with your mind. It’s impossible to win against him because he is too intelligent. I fooled too many times during my reading and the spider senses I am proud of were totally useless. The structure and the way of telling story is so unique. Nothing as it seems so prepare to be an April’s fools’woman like me because till the end of the book, twists will keep coming, slap you across the face, tickle you from your stomach and make you lose the rest of your full functioning grey cells. At the end, you’re asking yourself, “who am I, what I am doing here, which year we are in?” and checking yourself several times to make sure you’re okay! And of course the characterization is excellent. The story is narrated by two different women. One of them is THE WIDOW a.k.a Kate, stay-at-home mother, taking her daughter to the airport to surprise her husband. But lately she finds out her husband was never in that plane and he wasn’t also in London for business trip. He is missing right now. And you may guess what happened to him from Kate’s nickname, right? And other POV comes from Abby, a.k.a “THE WIFE”,working in the market as cashier, has one daughter and son, having a happy marriage, till one day she learns from her bestie police officer tells her somebody is brutally killed at the docks (that’s normally gay people’s secret meeting spot so this could be a brutal hate crime) but Abby’s obsession about true crime stories pushes her to conduct her own investigation because she feels like her husband is lying to her from the beginning. You got the picture but now my mouth is zipped. And you shouldn’t think you got the whole story from my short summary. In the beginning you think those poor women married with the same man (Actually I did!) But... Nope, with my hand I close my mouth and I continue my clicking with only five fingers (So challenging job but at least I’m not blurting out the secret details of the book! So you gotta thank me!) Mark my words friends, there is nothing as it seems! Give your full concentration not to get fooled! But this book deserves your full attention and it truly worth it! Because it is one of the best thrillers I’ve read! And of course ending is epic, twisty, surprising! The author is so detailed oriented and every piece of puzzle he created are so crucial. You gotta gather the pieces together carefully and gently. Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/ Minotaur Books to share this amazing ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review. And so much special thanks to Christian White to create this fantastic, witty, unique,original work. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    If we dont talk about the monsters in this world, we wont be ready for them when they jump out from under the bed. The Wife and the Widow is a dark and twisty psychological thriller. Its tightly wound and compulsively readable--so tightly wound that I read right through the twist! Its subtle and intelligently written. Its best to go in blind, so thats all I am going to say! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. “If we don’t talk about the monsters in this world, we won’t be ready for them when they jump out from under the bed.” The Wife and the Widow is a dark and twisty psychological thriller. It’s tightly wound and compulsively readable--so tightly wound that I read right through the twist! It’s subtle and intelligently written. It’s best to go in blind, so that’s all I am going to say! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kylie D

    I was looking forward to reading this book after loving The Nowhere Child, and while I did enjoy it, I don't think it's as good as the author's previous work. We have two women brought together on the island off the coast of Victoria, one grieving the death of her husband, the other wondering what has gotten into hers. As their lives entwine we are brought closer to the truth of what happened, in a place where nothing is as it seems. The Wife And The Widow is a good quick read, and yes it has one I was looking forward to reading this book after loving The Nowhere Child, and while I did enjoy it, I don't think it's as good as the author's previous work. We have two women brought together on the island off the coast of Victoria, one grieving the death of her husband, the other wondering what has gotten into hers. As their lives entwine we are brought closer to the truth of what happened, in a place where nothing is as it seems. The Wife And The Widow is a good quick read, and yes it has one hell of a twist, but all in all I wasn't completely riveted to it. It does have an interesting premise, and is worth reading. One for a rainy day maybe?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Yun

    The Wife and the Widow is told from the perspective of two women: one whose husband disappears and the other whose husband is hiding a guilty secret. Their alternating viewpoints slowly condense into a single narrative as their stories converge and all their secrets are revealed. I have to say, I was super excited going into this book based on its stellar reviews. I'm always looking for a thriller that can surprise or shock me. And this book has a lot going for it. For one, the premise is The Wife and the Widow is told from the perspective of two women: one whose husband disappears and the other whose husband is hiding a guilty secret. Their alternating viewpoints slowly condense into a single narrative as their stories converge and all their secrets are revealed. I have to say, I was super excited going into this book based on its stellar reviews. I'm always looking for a thriller that can surprise or shock me. And this book has a lot going for it. For one, the premise is intriguing. I enjoy stories following seemingly separate people whose connections are then slowly revealed and explained. And I relished the setting, in a summer town during off-peak season, where it's desolate and gloomy. But this may have been a case where my expectations were set too high. When I think of a thriller, I always want twists and turns, jaw-dropping secrets, and eureka moments that pull everything together with satisfaction and awe. And I just didn't get that here. The story felt very straightforward and simple. It proceeded systematically in the only way it could, and every step along the way, I'm nodding to myself like, "Yep, that's the way it is." Which isn't how I want my thrillers to be. Another issue for me is how late in the book I hit that point of feeling compelled to continue reading. When I think of the experience of reading a book, it always starts out as going uphill, where you have to put a lot of effort into paying attention and staying focused because everything is new and unfamiliar... until you reach that magical point where you've become immersed into the plot and you wholehearted buy into the narrative that is playing out. From then on, you're zooming downhill, fast and easy, all the way to the finish. This key turning point is crucial, but I didn't reach it until more than halfway through. The lead-up to that point was mostly pedestrian, with little happening and most of it being domestic drama. Still, I found the ending to be satisfactory in that it pulled everything together and explained it all without being over the top. But while I liked enough of this story to be glad I picked it up, it didn't wow me. I prefer my thrillers to be a little more exciting and gripping, and this just fell short of that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    "If they didn't talk about the monsters in this world, then they wouldn't be ready for them when they jumped out from under the bed." Chapters alternate between The Widow, Kate, and The Wife, Abby. Within the few first chapters, Kate's husband goes missing without a trace. She then finds out he quit his job months earlier without telling her and lied about the trip he was supposed to be on. Where is he? Why did he lie? What is he hiding? "...are some monsters better left hidden." Abby's chapters "If they didn't talk about the monsters in this world, then they wouldn't be ready for them when they jumped out from under the bed." Chapters alternate between The Widow, Kate, and The Wife, Abby. Within the few first chapters, Kate's husband goes missing without a trace. She then finds out he quit his job months earlier without telling her and lied about the trip he was supposed to be on. Where is he? Why did he lie? What is he hiding? "...are some monsters better left hidden." Abby's chapters start off slower in the beginning. But then a something happens on the island she lives on and she notices that her husband starts to act different. Does he have something to do with Kate's husband's disappearance? What is he hiding? As a reader, I kept trying to piece the connection together between the two of them (Kate and Abby). I had so many guesses. But when it hits you, it hits you HARD! O-m-g. "What now? she thought. What the fuck now?" The suspense was incredible and I could not put it down. This is not your average mystery/thriller; there is a powerful message buried in the end that surpasses just a thriller....and I recommend it! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy. Opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    DNF-no rating Things I do not want to read about: 1. Politics 2. Religion 3. Taxidermy This had two out of three. I encourage you to read the many stellar reviews for this book for a more objective opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    This book is an excellent read! What an interesting job to learn about: palliative care. I didn't know but it makes sense someone has to do it. I love that example about releasing stress on a leaf down the stream. I also like learning the term taxidermy. I have seen many deer heads at my old boss' office so now learning of the term is wonderful. In my other island reads, the story made it like living on an island is the best off season but this book brings out another light, one where the locals This book is an excellent read! What an interesting job to learn about: palliative care. I didn't know but it makes sense someone has to do it. I love that example about releasing stress on a leaf down the stream. I also like learning the term taxidermy. I have seen many deer heads at my old boss' office so now learning of the term is wonderful. In my other island reads, the story made it like living on an island is the best off season but this book brings out another light, one where the locals are low on cash without all the tourists to sell their overpriced wares. I like having this reminder. 
This book started with a prologue told in the third person point of view following John, physician, as he is woken up by a sound of someone in the house. Then the story begins with Kate as she and her daughter wait for her husband John at the airport. He wasn't on the plane home so she called his employer. From there she found out that he's no longer with his employer doing palliative care for the past 3 months. Then Kate reported to the police that her husband was missing after she couldn't get a hold of him. The alternating view is Abby who's hobby is taxidermy. She lives in Belport Island, a tourist destination, with her husband and kids. One day, a body was found and it was of a person who owned a holiday home on the island. Abby's view is in the past and Kate's in the present, until the day they meet. One is a widow and the other is the wife. Two dead bodies twenty three years apart in the same location. 
The Wife and the Widow is well written and a fast paced read! I enjoyed the suspense. I like how the story slowly connects the characters together. The thing about the dual perspectives are the mini cliffhangers. We readers have to wait until after the next chapter to read and it's an excruciating wait! I also love the surprise turns of new clues. On page 255, I discovered that there should have been a timeline in Abby's view. I'm not sure if that is left out deliberately or this early advance copy failed to label that. I love the twists! I loved this book so much that I read the author's note at the end, and yes, I did flipped a few pages back to check if I had read it correctly because of the missing timeline. I highly recommend this read! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    This was a clever mystery and I enjoyed it so much I'm definitely going to check out the author's other book, The Nowhere Child. The story grabbed me from the start as I was very interested in what happened to the missing husband as well as figuring out the connection between the two women. There's a surprise or two along the way and while I wouldn't say my mind was blown, I was left feeling appreciative the author managed to pull one over on me. Kate, a mother of a young girl, is devastated when This was a clever mystery and I enjoyed it so much I'm definitely going to check out the author's other book, The Nowhere Child. The story grabbed me from the start as I was very interested in what happened to the missing husband as well as figuring out the connection between the two women. There's a surprise or two along the way and while I wouldn't say my mind was blown, I was left feeling appreciative the author managed to pull one over on me. Kate, a mother of a young girl, is devastated when her husband goes missing. As she tries to figure out what happened to him, she learns he hasn't been completely open and honest with her. Abby is married and the mother of two teenagers. Her family struggles to make ends meet as the island they live on is dependent on tourists who flock there during the summer months. Unfortunately there isn't much work to go around during the other parts of the year. The story will alternate between the perspectives of Kate and Abby. And that's pretty much all you need to know as it's more fun going into this one without knowing too much about the story. I thought the pacing for this book was excellent and I couldn't believe how fast I whipped through this one. For me this fits the exact definition of vacation read as it easily held my interest and while it was well-written, it wasn't a mystery that was taxing on my brain. Just something I could sit down with, relax, and enjoy. Without getting into spoilers, while reading I will admit some parts of the story didn't seem all that realistic. However, I had completely changed my mind by the end because I at least understood why some characters were motivated to act in certain ways. Pay attention to the news every once in awhile,, and this story doesn't sound so far-fetched. Definitely recommend as a good, solid mystery with some thriller elements to it as well. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    Most likely one of the few, so called thrillers, I will read this year. It has been getting some terrific review, and I was curious, so decided to read. I was enjoying this, it was different, set on an island, and I liked the format, two narrators. Totally flummoxed for the first two thirds. Everytime I thought I had it figured out, a new revelation would derail my thoughts. So, was thinking this was definitely a four star read. Until, that is, the ending, which descended into typical thriller, Most likely one of the few, so called thrillers, I will read this year. It has been getting some terrific review, and I was curious, so decided to read. I was enjoying this, it was different, set on an island, and I liked the format, two narrators. Totally flummoxed for the first two thirds. Everytime I thought I had it figured out, a new revelation would derail my thoughts. So, was thinking this was definitely a four star read. Until, that is, the ending, which descended into typical thriller, an over the top ending. Plus, I don't buy the who in the ending who done it. Not if one takes into account what came before. Keep in mind, I am very hard on thrillers, and many have loved this, including many if the critics.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: For a moment Kate nearly allowed herself to slip into autopilot. The temptation to submit and roll over like a frightened puppy was strong. But that was the old Kate. That was the woman who didn't want to hear about the monsters under the bed, the woman who let the men in her life show her what to do and when to do it. She had tried never to think about death, but the few times she had, she'd decided that when it came it should feel like an ellipsis: a gentle trailing off of a sentence. EXCERPT: For a moment Kate nearly allowed herself to slip into autopilot. The temptation to submit and roll over like a frightened puppy was strong. But that was the old Kate. That was the woman who didn't want to hear about the monsters under the bed, the woman who let the men in her life show her what to do and when to do it. She had tried never to think about death, but the few times she had, she'd decided that when it came it should feel like an ellipsis: a gentle trailing off of a sentence. It should be a whisper of words, a padding of gentle footsteps. This, being killed by a deranged middle-aged woman, felt too sudden, too mad. This couldn't be how it ended. ABOUT THIS BOOK: Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and The Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love? MY THOUGHTS: Very cunning Mr. White. Very cunning indeed! Now, how to write a review that is not going to give away the important stuff... This is a stunning family drama that had me guessing (wrongly, I may add) the whole way through. The author is a master of misdirection...I was constantly re-examining what I knew and trying to figure out what I needed to know. There was one instance where I read something and I thought, 'This is important, I need to remember this.' I had absolutely no idea,at that point, why it was important. But I was right, it was important. White's characters are very real, very human, faults, foibles and all...that doesn't mean that you are necessarily going to like them. And the taxidermy.....a brilliant stroke. Weird, but brilliant. I would love to know where the inspiration for that came from. One thing that I particularly admired about this novel, is the author's acknowledgement of the stress and danger of burnout in palliative care workers. They are very special and vastly underrated for the care, both emotional and physical, that they lavish upon the dying. This is an incredibly original work, and one that I admire greatly. I have yet to read The Nowhere Child, but I am going to make sure that I do. ❤❤❤❤.5 #TheWifeAndTheWidow #NetGalley I would like to share a couple of my favourite passages with you: 'We bring babies into this world, let them rip up our bodies, let them drink from us, bleed us dry, and we love them for it. We give and we give and we give. We sacrifice. And do you know why? Because we're mothers.' 'She took her own advice, locked all the dark thoughts in a room in her mind and tried not to visit it. For the most part, it got easier. But in the dead of night, when Milt Street was quiet, she could hear them growling behind the door and scratching at the walls. It reminded her that the dark things were still there and they weren't going away.' THE AUTHOR: Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. He co-created the television series Carnivores, currently in development with Matchbox Pictures and Heyday TV, and co-wrote Relic, a psychological horror feature film to be produced by Carver Films (The Snowtown Murders, Partisan). DISCLOSURE: Thank you to St Martin's Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Wife and the Widow by Christian White for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Wow! Those that have read The Nowhere Child by this author know that Christian White can really write a brilliant story. This second novel is as good, if not better in my opinion. I could not wait to get my hands on this book and once I started it I really struggled to put it down. It is a hard story to talk too much about without giving anything away. What you need to know is that it told from 2 different points of view. There is Kate, whose husband fails to return from an overseas business Wow! Those that have read The Nowhere Child by this author know that Christian White can really write a brilliant story. This second novel is as good, if not better in my opinion. I could not wait to get my hands on this book and once I started it I really struggled to put it down. It is a hard story to talk too much about without giving anything away. What you need to know is that it told from 2 different points of view. There is Kate, whose husband fails to return from an overseas business trip. His secrets start to come out and she wonders if she really knew him at all. And then there is Abby who learns that her husband is a killer. Another woman who thought she knew the man that she married. That is it... you need to read this book to find out anything else. Told in alternative chapters between the 2 women this book will hook you from the start. The twist will floor you - it did me!! I stayed up really late to finish this book, it was going to be impossible for me to sleep without knowing how it ended. Absolutely fantastic story by another great Australian writer... You need to read this book, trust me 😊

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Wife and the Widow is set in a remote island town during a harsh winter. There are two narrators, Kate, a widow whose husband was no saint, and Abby, a woman whose husband is guilty of something big. It takes Kate and Abby coming together to discover the truth about their husbands. The question is: do we ever really know the ones we love? Beautifully-written, enchanting, clever, thrilling, atmospheric, and shocking. It has it all. Do yourselves a favor and try a book by Christian White. Im so The Wife and the Widow is set in a remote island town during a harsh winter. There are two narrators, Kate, a widow whose husband was no saint, and Abby, a woman whose husband is guilty of something big. It takes Kate and Abby coming together to discover the truth about their husbands. The question is: do we ever really know the ones we love? Beautifully-written, enchanting, clever, thrilling, atmospheric, and shocking. It has it all. Do yourselves a favor and try a book by Christian White. I’m so grateful we have his fresh voice writing thrillers for us. I received a gifted copy from the publisher. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. You got me, Christian White! I think I was more than one step behind you in this suspense thriller and by the end, my jaw was on the ground and there were dark circles under my eyes. Goodreads people, I must add another author to my favorites list. Told in alternating chapters by the "Widow", Kate Keddie and the "Wife", Abby Gilpin, there is no shortage of questions in this standalone Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. You got me, Christian White! I think I was more than one step behind you in this suspense thriller and by the end, my jaw was on the ground and there were dark circles under my eyes. Goodreads people, I must add another author to my favorites list. Told in alternating chapters by the "Widow", Kate Keddie and the "Wife", Abby Gilpin, there is no shortage of questions in this standalone thriller. I thought I knew from the title what could be the story, but like Jon Snow, I really didn't have a clue! Our story begins with Kate and her daughter waiting patiently for husband and father, John, to return from a conference in London. When John fails to meet them at the airport, Kate and John's parents begin to worry. As Kate sets about to find her husband, nothing prepares her for what happens next. Meanwhile, the mother of two teenagers, Abby is living on Belport Island, devoted to her handyman husband and delving into her true crime reading hobby. But when a body turns up in the water, Abby cannot help but wonder if it has anything to do with her husband's strange behavior. Don't let this one pass you by! Goodreads review published 07/01/20 Expected Publication Date. 21/01/20

  14. 4 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Absorbing, tense, sent-shivers-down-my-spine, and best of all an eye-popping twist! Well, Christian White more than led me down the garden path on this one. Bravo! I'm still recovering. Feels like I've been hit by a sledgehammer. I even dreamed of this book last night. And, there were things that raised my hackles while reading, sneakily planted clues that should have led me to the correct conclusion, but of course it's easy to say that now that I have all the facts. Not to mention, I failed to Absorbing, tense, sent-shivers-down-my-spine, and best of all – an eye-popping twist! Well, Christian White more than led me down the garden path on this one. Bravo! I'm still recovering. Feels like I've been hit by a sledgehammer. I even dreamed of this book last night. And, there were things that raised my hackles while reading, sneakily planted clues that should have led me to the correct conclusion, but of course it's easy to say that now that I have all the facts. Not to mention, I failed to notice what was missing. I'm going to steer clear of including a synopsis, as I think it's best to just dive in, knowing as little as possible. I can tell you it's domestic drama, psychological suspense, and crime/mystery, but that's about it. As the title states, there are two narrators – ‘The Wife' (Abby) and ‘The Widow' (Kate) with chapters alternating between the two POV's. At 320 pages it's a quick read. I wouldn't call it fast-paced, but the two perspectives are engaging and relatable. I loved the island setting of Belport – the claustrophobia, the isolation, the breathtaking scenery, the gossipy busybodies, locals living in a protective bubble, and the close-knit community guarding many a secret. Those moths freaked me out though – do they really get into cereal boxes like that? Ew! Side note: The passages on taxidermy gave me the heebie-jeebies. I'm not bagging anyone for their hobby (as long as they never discuss it with me), but let's just say if I had a friend who gave me a ‘stuffed' animal as a gift, then we're going to have words! This author's debut, The Nowhere Child made me a fan. The Wife and the Widow, even more so. Just read it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    "We all have things that ought to stay buried, things a person should keep to themselves...how well can you really know anyone?" Kate Keddie, a stay at home mom, lived in an elegant Victorian home in Caulfield. She was married to John, a physician at Trinity Health Centre for Palliative Care. As our story unfolds, Kate and ten year old daughter Mia, await John's return from a two week conference in London. As passengers deplane at Melbourne International Airport, he is not among them. In fact, "We all have things that ought to stay buried, things a person should keep to themselves...how well can you really know anyone?" Kate Keddie, a stay at home mom, lived in an elegant Victorian home in Caulfield. She was married to John, a physician at Trinity Health Centre for Palliative Care. As our story unfolds, Kate and ten year old daughter Mia, await John's return from a two week conference in London. As passengers deplane at Melbourne International Airport, he is not among them. In fact, John never flew to London to attend the palliative care seminar. John and Kate own a holiday house on Belport Island, a wedding gift from John's parents, Fisher and Pam Keddie. John dislikes the island. Fisher is not impressed with John's choice of wife. Kate is "passive to the point of invisible...". Abby Gilpin, long time Belport Island resident, lived with husband Ray and two kids in a small weatherboard beach house with "groaning floorboards, the constant pop of settling wood...". Abby worked shifts at the "Buy and Bye" Food Market. She was an amateur taxidermist and stored various chemical supplies in a work station in her garage. The supplies included tanning solutions and luminol. In the cold months, Ray ran Island Care, "a caretaking business focusing on maintaining unoccupied holiday houses across the island." In alternating voices, Kate and Abby share their stories. Quiet, mousy Kate comes into her own. She doesn't know her own strength until John dies on Belport Island. Why was he there when he stated that he was at a conference? Why was he no longer an employee of Trinity Health Centre? Abby discovers work boots and a grey work shirt with the logo Island Care in an overturned garbage bin. She decides to test the suspiciously stained items using luminol. What might Ray have done? "The Wife and the Widow" by Christian White is a psychological thriller filled with lies and deception. Author White keeps the reader guessing. The many twists and turns, past and present, create an eerie island atmosphere filled with many unexpected reveals. This sophomore crime thriller is one I highly recommend. Thank you St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review "The Wife and the Widow".

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Christian White is an author Ill be keeping a close eye on as Ive now read his two novels and enjoyed both of them. I can't wait to discover what he writes next. This book revolves around two women, Kate, who is the widow and Abby who is the wife. Each chapter of this book alternates between the two giving us the reader a clear image of what exactly going on between these two women. The mystery and suspense throughout this book has you turning the pages eagerly awaiting on what will take place Christian White is an author I’ll be keeping a close eye on as I’ve now read his two novels and enjoyed both of them. I can't wait to discover what he writes next. This book revolves around two women, Kate, who is the widow and Abby who is the wife. Each chapter of this book alternates between the two giving us the reader a clear image of what exactly going on between these two women. The mystery and suspense throughout this book has you turning the pages eagerly awaiting on what will take place next. Oh my goodness the twist in this book had me so surprised as I simply didn’t see it coming. The Wife And The Widow by Aussie author Christian White was a brilliantly written novel which I thoroughly loved. Highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    What would you risk to find out the truth? That's a question at the core of Christian White's new mystery, The Wife and the Widow . Kate and her daughter are awaiting her husband Johns return to Australia from a conference in London. When he doesn't arrive at the airport when his flight does, they find out he never boarded the flight he was supposed to be on. And thats just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to secrets John was keeping. Kate and her father-in-law travel to Belport, a remote What would you risk to find out the truth? That's a question at the core of Christian White's new mystery, The Wife and the Widow . Kate and her daughter are awaiting her husband John’s return to Australia from a conference in London. When he doesn't arrive at the airport when his flight does, they find out he never boarded the flight he was supposed to be on. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to secrets John was keeping. Kate and her father-in-law travel to Belport, a remote Australian island where the family has had a summer home since John's childhood, in the hopes John may have escaped there for some reason. But when John’s body is found, it leaves Kate with so many questions beyond who killed him. She wonders about her marriage, as well as how well she actually knew her husband and understood the demons he was wrestling with. Meanwhile, Abby and her husband and family live on Belport, where in the winter, life is so dull, she turns to true crime books for excitement. But when a body is found, it rocks the island community. The more she notices that her husband has been acting suspiciously, the more she’s determined to figure out what secrets he’s been hiding. Two women are determined to find the truth about their husbands. They don’t know how far they’ll need to go, or what they’ll find. But they know they can't stop until they reach the truth. I saw this book on a lot of friends’ feeds when it was released last month so I was looking forward to reading it. This is a bit of a slow-burn mystery but a pretty compelling one, and White threw in some fascinating twists, with at least one I totally didn’t see coming. (I'll admit there was a moment in the book where I thought, "wait, how is that..." but then I moved on.) I really liked the way White tells a story, so although not everything in the book added up for me, I’ll definitely go back and read his earlier book, The Nowhere Child . Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    A compelling murder mystery with a very clever lightbulb moment in the narrative two thirds through the novel giving it a surprising twist. The story takes place on Belport Island, a popular summer holiday location off the Victorian coast. The wife and the widow are Kate and Abby. Abby is a local whose husband Ray runs a business looking after the summer holiday houses and gardens when they are shut up over the winter. Kate is on the island looking for her husband John who is missing since A compelling murder mystery with a very clever lightbulb moment in the narrative two thirds through the novel giving it a surprising twist. The story takes place on Belport Island, a popular summer holiday location off the Victorian coast. The wife and the widow are Kate and Abby. Abby is a local whose husband Ray runs a business looking after the summer holiday houses and gardens when they are shut up over the winter. Kate is on the island looking for her husband John who is missing since telling her he was going to a conference in London. Kate and John own a holiday house on the island passed down to them by John's parents so Kate decided to check if he was there since he has been visiting it since he was a boy. What happened on the island will change both families for ever. This is a well written, well paced mystery. The author's ability to misdirect his unsuspecting readers works brilliantly and the twisty climax ties it all up well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    2.5 Stars. I read Christian Whites terrific debut novel, The Nowhere Child, back in January. It remains one of my favorite mysteries of 2019, so had no hesitation in purchasing The Wife and the Widow ebook. I apologize as this novel was a disappointment for me. It started out strong but then wasnt keeping me engaged in the story. I found the characters underdeveloped. Kate, the widow, was too passive to be interesting as a main character. Abby, the wife, was unpleasant and not at all likeable. 2.5 Stars. I read Christian White’s terrific debut novel, The Nowhere Child, back in January. It remains one of my favorite mysteries of 2019, so had no hesitation in purchasing The Wife and the Widow ebook. I apologize as this novel was a disappointment for me. It started out strong but then wasn’t keeping me engaged in the story. I found the characters underdeveloped. Kate, the widow, was too passive to be interesting as a main character. Abby, the wife, was unpleasant and not at all likeable. The men in their lives were very much enigmas. I found the pace uneven, the plot convoluted, and the ending frantic. I failed to feel any empathy for the characters, and this diluted any suspense for me. A strong sense of place or atmosphere was missing. Because I enjoyed The Nowhere Child so much, I will definitely read the author’s next book. I realize that many readers rated this book highly and that I am in the minority. Prospective readers should not be dissuaded by my misgivings.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    This was yet another great, fantastically written, well paced, thrilling read from Mr. White!! 4.5 Stars, rounded up because this is the 2nd book in a row from this author that has blown me away. It almost garnered a 5 Star rating, except for the fact that I was thoroughly confused throughout, up until the very last few chapters. The alternating perspectives had me confused, initially because I couldn't keep the characters straight, then because of the period in time that each took place in. I'm This was yet another great, fantastically written, well paced, thrilling read from Mr. White!! 4.5 Stars, rounded up because this is the 2nd book in a row from this author that has blown me away. It almost garnered a 5 Star rating, except for the fact that I was thoroughly confused throughout, up until the very last few chapters. The alternating perspectives had me confused, initially because I couldn't keep the characters straight, then because of the period in time that each took place in. I'm not sure if this was intentional by White, but I was scratching my head quite a bit up until the very end! It may have been confusing and slightly irritating throughout while I was trying to piece it together but when it all came together at the end, it was brilliant! This all being said, the ending was freaking fantastic!! The characters were all incredibly real, and there was even an element of an unreliable narrator going on with one of them, which I really enjoyed. I couldn't recommend this book anymore, especially for you thriller & suspense/mystery fanatics!! Go out and get it!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Book of Secrets°ღ

    4.5 Stars → Dark secrets are a terrible burden! THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW is a fast-paced family drama/thriller told in alternating POVs of the two title characters a wife and a widow. The big question that kept me flipping the pages is how are their stories connected? I love those mind-bending twists that make me stop and say, "Wait, WHAT?!? This book had the perfect one for these troubled characters. Haunting and gripping. {Borrowed from the library.} 4.5 Stars → Dark secrets are a terrible burden! THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW is a fast-paced family drama/thriller told in alternating POVs of the two title characters — a wife and a widow. The big question that kept me flipping the pages is how are their stories connected? I love those mind-bending twists that make me stop and say, "Wait, WHAT?!? This book had the perfect one for these troubled characters. Haunting and gripping. {Borrowed from the library.}

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Wife and the Widow by Christian White. (2019). Set against the backdrop of an island town in winter, this thriller is told from two perspectives. Kate is a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her husband's secret life. Abby is an island local who is forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on the island is quite as it seems. When the women are pushed to the edge, they will *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Wife and the Widow by Christian White. (2019). Set against the backdrop of an island town in winter, this thriller is told from two perspectives. Kate is a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her husband's secret life. Abby is an island local who is forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on the island is quite as it seems. When the women are pushed to the edge, they will uncover the entire truth about the men in their lives. After loving the author's previous novel (The Nowhere Child), I had high hopes for this one. It did not disappoint, it was amazing! The alternating chapters between Kate & Abby work really well and the story flows smoothly. I'm not one for spoilers, however there is a plot twist in this book that honestly made me go hot damn I did not see that coming! I even raved about it out loud to my non reader husband because I thought it was that excellent. Kudos to you Mr White! I read this book within 24 hours; I didn't want to put it down and was totally absorbed. I cannot recommend this thriller more, it would easily be one of my top reads for 2019. I look forward to and eagerly await the next offering from this author in the future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin (from Long Island, NY)

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This was SO good! Best since well, my last favorite!😂 But really, this author is something special. I love twists & red herrings as much as the next thriller reader, but this 1 is different.. It has all of those oh sh*t moments but in an authentic, intelligent way. No wasted time or tricks just for the sake of misleading. You can just relax & let the story unfold. This author is a true artist. To begin a book & have it seamlessly weave in & out, & then come Wow! Wow! Wow! This was SO good! Best since well, my last favorite!😂 But really, this author is something special. I love twists & red herrings as much as the next thriller reader, but this 1 is different.. It has all of those oh sh*t moments but in an authentic, intelligent way. No wasted time or tricks just for the sake of misleading. You can just relax & let the story unfold. This author is a true artist. To begin a book & have it seamlessly weave in & out, & then come together the way this does... Don't be surprised if you want to go back & read it again. It's THAT good. & the characters... Oh man. Psychos are fun but my favorites are books like this- where the average person is pushed to make decisions that (scarily enough) we can all understand if we try. I won't soon forget these people.. So good!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com 4.5 stars Fairfax has labelled Christian White, the author of last years smash hit, The Nowhere Child as, an exciting new voice in crime fiction. I have to concur, Christian White has earned this title, thanks to his first book, and now his second novel, The Wife and the Widow. A story that follows a wife, a widow and a shocking secret on a stormy island abode, Christian Whites sophomore novel is a book that will have you deeply examining the actions of your *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com 4.5 stars Fairfax has labelled Christian White, the author of last year’s smash hit, The Nowhere Child as, ‘an exciting new voice in crime fiction’. I have to concur, Christian White has earned this title, thanks to his first book, and now his second novel, The Wife and the Widow. A story that follows a wife, a widow and a shocking secret on a stormy island abode, Christian White’s sophomore novel is a book that will have you deeply examining the actions of your loved ones. The fictional island township of Belport, located in the Bass Strait region off Victoria’s coast, plays the sinister backdrop for Christian White’s second and highly anticipated follow up to The Nowhere Child. The Wife and the Widow shifts and turns between two voices, the first follows Kate. The widow of the tale, Kate is consumed by her husband’s death. Kate’s journey for answers into her husband’s secret life, which is revealed after his passing, forms the crux of this novel. The other voice of this tale is Abby, a native to Belport. Abby is forced to confront the shocking reality that her husband may be capable of murder. As the story unfolds, truths are revealed, loyalties are tested, and secrets that have been buried for years come to the surface. The Wife and the Widow is a tale of confusion, but also semblance and renouncement. Christian White burst onto the Australian and worldwide literary scene with his explosive debut novel, The Nowhere Child. I am sure the pressure to write a second novel of the same calibre was intense for White. Christian White takes it in his stride, and The Wife and the Widow is an assured and collected novel. It is book that demands to be absorbed in just a sitting. Personally, I sacrificed much needed sleep for this one, but it was so worth it! Christian White embodies the voices of his two female narrators with confidence and understanding. I was impressed by his ability to inhabit the lives of both Kate, the widow of the tale, and Abby, the wife figure of this novel. I loved that I didn’t know what to expect from this tale, this is not a carefully laid out narrative. The Wife and the Widow is full of unexpected twists, turns, revelations and polarising truths. White’s approach is thoughtful, but also very astute. White also ensures that he is always one step ahead of the reader and we are often left disorientated. It was virtually impossible to pick the direction that this novel went in, and a flip in the narrative direction towards the latter part of the book caused quite a commotion! One of the leading aspects of The Wife and the Widow is the setting. Belport, an imagined locale by the author, completely came alive thanks to the vivid prose of Christian White. There is such a strong visual quality to White’s descriptions, which he applies very well to his locale passages. Belport is a blustery island, that is both claustrophobic and isolated at the same time. It is eerie, dark and unforgiving, as many of the characters discover as The Wife and the Widow progresses. Everything is compounded by the influence of the setting, which seems to exacerbate the puzzling events of this tale. White’s characterisation executed to perfection. He manages to divide his narration between the two women of the novel with poise and precision. Kate is absolutely determined to get to the bottom of her husband’s demise. I really felt for Kate and I often theorised what I would do if I was faced with the situation she was confronted with. It was easy to develop a sense of sympathy for Kate and I was behind her every step of the way. In Abby, the reader is confronted with a fighting spirit. Abby is a loyal and protective woman. She is also an unstoppable force and Abby’s character arc is marred by plenty of sacrifice and grief. The secondary cast is also carefully sketched by White, padding out the novel with plenty of intrigue and response. White incorporates plenty of guiding themes in this novel and I appreciated the way in which these were inserted within the direction of the book. From marriage, relationships, family relations, sexual orientation, motherhood, parenting, career crisis, health care, terminal illness, bereavement, financial bequeaths, secrets and even a spot of taxidermy is thrown in the mix. There is no question that The Wife and the Widow provides a great deal for the reader to consider as they work their way through this scintillating novel. There is absolutely no hint of second novel blues with The Wife and the Widow. Christian White’s second offering is cunning and dripping in deception, leaving you perplexed and even unhinged, but it is well worth it for this stand out thriller. *Book #10 of the 2019 Aussie male author challenge.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Where do you go after your debut novel becomes a major hit? That was the question for Melbourne native Christian White who's in 2017 would win the 2017 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for The Nowhere Child. While expectations were high for the follow-up I was not prepared for an even deeper and more mature narrative that made for a brilliant read. Based on the question of how much we truly know our loved ones The Wife and the Widow expands on dynamics of family and the lengths you may go to Where do you go after your debut novel becomes a major hit? That was the question for Melbourne native Christian White who's in 2017 would win the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for The Nowhere Child. While expectations were high for the follow-up I was not prepared for an even deeper and more mature narrative that made for a brilliant read. Based on the question of how much we truly know our loved ones The Wife and the Widow expands on dynamics of family and the lengths you may go to protect it. Centering on a woman who goes from thinking why on earth her husband has lied about being in London when he is, in fact, staying in the families holiday home on an island of the coast of Victoria, and a local woman who is shocked at the prospect that her husband may be a murderer. But in a place like Belport Island nothing as is it seems as the relationship between the two men will go from one of innocence to tragedy and the catastrophic effects it will have on themselves and the ones they love. Predetermination is ever-present with the characters in this intriguing thriller. A memory from years before can lead to dangers unimaginable. In the end, the enormous risks for smidges of information can tear one apart. That is what both Kate and Abby who are both great characters must face with strength and determination. Throw in a story that can easily be read in one sitting thanks to the power of the writing and you have a thrilling read and I cant wait to see what the author comes up with next.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Wow! What a great read! The Wife and The Widow is my first novel by Christian White and now I must read his debut novel, The Nowhere Child! This unsettling thriller is told from 2 perspectives: Kate a widow who quickly learns and is compounded by her dead husband's secret life, and Abby a wife whose world is torn apart when she is forced to confront the evidence of her husband's guilt. Only when these women meet can they discover the entire story about the men in their lives. Nothing is quite as Wow! What a great read! The Wife and The Widow is my first novel by Christian White and now I must read his debut novel, The Nowhere Child! This unsettling thriller is told from 2 perspectives: Kate a widow who quickly learns and is compounded by her dead husband's secret life, and Abby a wife whose world is torn apart when she is forced to confront the evidence of her husband's guilt. Only when these women meet can they discover the entire story about the men in their lives. Nothing is quite as it seems as this captivating story unravels. Highly Recommended! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Ive made no secret of my struggle with thrillers as of late, but every once in awhile I read a book that reminds me why its always been my go to genre and The Wife and the Widow was that kind of book for me! Friends, this one will be tricky to review because it was so incredibly clever that you should go in as blind as possible. How about this, if you like books that are super fast paced and the type you have to read in just a couple of sittings, grab this. Or if you like books that have two I’ve made no secret of my struggle with thrillers as of late, but every once in awhile I read a book that reminds me why it’s always been my go to genre and The Wife and the Widow was that kind of book for me! Friends, this one will be tricky to review because it was so incredibly clever that you should go in as blind as possible. How about this, if you like books that are super fast paced and the type you have to read in just a couple of sittings, grab this. Or if you like books that have two narrators that switch back and forth flawlessly read this. If you like smart twists that actually make perfect sense and don’t require you to suspend disbelief, read this! I basically devoured this one and loved every minute of it, highly recommended by me for something that feels original and exciting

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    If we dont talk about the monsters in this world, we wont be ready for them when they jump out from under the bed. **4.5 stars rounded up** Wow. I started this book earlier this afternoon, and I've pretty much read it in one sitting. I found myself frantically turning pages trying to figure out the mystery and get answers to my many questions. I didn't want to put my Kindle down. What a beautifully written story. Christian White clearly has mad skills. His writing flowed effortlessly from one “If we don’t talk about the monsters in this world, we won’t be ready for them when they jump out from under the bed.” **4.5 stars rounded up** Wow. I started this book earlier this afternoon, and I've pretty much read it in one sitting. I found myself frantically turning pages trying to figure out the mystery and get answers to my many questions. I didn't want to put my Kindle down. What a beautifully written story. Christian White clearly has mad skills. His writing flowed effortlessly from one page to another...it was easy, effective, and so, so clever. (The one thing I could have done without, however, was the taxidermy information and descriptions. Yuck.) While I did figure out one thing fairly early on, there are so many twists and turns, it didn't make one iota of difference. I've already started following Mr. White on social media and have added The Nowhere Child to my to read list. In other words, I'm officially a fan. Bravo, Christian White. Bravo. **Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette (Again)

    ZOWIE! YOWZA! HELL'S BELLS!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    While the writing is smooth and easy, the same cant be said about the story line! This was a compulsive read-atmospheric and cleverly written, with a solid mystery that completely had me fooled until the end. Told from 2 POV's, (the wife and the widow) White does an excellent job of slowly peeling back the layers and inserting a reveal or two at just the right moments. I missed out on his debut The Nowhere Child but not for long-off to track this one down. ARC provided by NetGalley While the writing is smooth and easy, the same can’t be said about the story line! This was a compulsive read-atmospheric and cleverly written, with a solid mystery that completely had me fooled until the end. Told from 2 POV's, (the wife and the widow) White does an excellent job of slowly peeling back the layers and inserting a reveal or two at just the right moments. I missed out on his debut The Nowhere Child but not for long-off to track this one down. ARC provided by NetGalley

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