ARC / BOOK Review: The Wife and The Widow


The Wife and The Widow

By: Christian White

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Rating: ✨✨✨✨

Bookish Tip: The Wife and The Widow is more mystery and suspense than thriller.

Special thanks to Minotaur Books for the advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.


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?


Within the first few chapters of The Wife and the Widow by Christian White, I thought I had this story pegged. I was so very disappointed and rolled my eyes. However, I continued reading if only to verify my suspicions. Do you know what happened next?

The Wife and the Widow took me by complete and utter surprise. Was my theory correct? Absolutely not. I wasn’t even close (thank goodness for that). Christian White brilliantly wrote several plot twists that I didn’t see coming…and neither will you because I WILL NOT BE SPOILING IT.

Beautifully written between two perspectives, The Wife and The Widow is heart-thumping, suspenseful brilliance with OMG moments that will leave you breathless.

The characters are likable. The plot is suspenseful. And the twists (though few) will blow your mind.

Recommendation: Read it. Buy it. Borrow it. Just read it.

Want more Christian White?

The Wife and The Widow is the first book I have read by Christian White; therefore I cannot fully recommend any other books. But, this novel is only his second novel. If his debut novel, The Nowhere Child, is anywhere close to this, I know I am going to love it. So I added it to my TBR (to-be-read) shelf….and maybe you should, too.

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