Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke ~ My Thoughts


The Good Widow

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Print and e-book, 302 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Bestselling authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make their suspense debut in this twisty, emotional thriller.

Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.

For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…


My thoughts about The Good Widow ~~ 

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"His fingers slithered like a snake to find hers. She opened her palm and accepted them. There was something about the commanding way her reached for her. It felt like a statement. You are mine."

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have created an intense, romantic, suspenseful, page turning thriller. How can it be all those things at once? Believe me, The Good Widow, is all that and more. I've read other books by this dynamic duo so I was expecting something similar. Boy, was I wrong! I loved it and I'm excited for this new dimension of their storytelling. 

Jacks finds herself on such a rollercoaster ride, as first she learns that her husband is dead and then as she finds out more about his accident, their marriage, and who to trust, or not trust. 

I can't even imagine what it takes to write a novel, let alone to write it with another person. And to be able to make it read so seamlessly that the reader doesn't have a clue where one writer starts and another one ends is amazing. 

I also have to throw this in. In the book, they mentioned Nebraska Cornhuskers, Omaha, and Sioux Falls—all of which are near and dear to my heart. Loved that!

"Some things are better left alone." This line really jumped out at me and could maybe be tagged as the moral of the story.

Great job with The Good Widow, Liz and Lisa! I hope you have more stories like this one in your imaginations.

About the authors

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for 25 years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, daughter and two bonus children.

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