The Widow by Valerie Keogh is a totally gripping contemporary psychological thriller that I could not put down.
As the novel opens we ‘hear’ the perpetrator but do not know who it is. Throughout the novel this voice is interspersed with the narrative. We learn of the motivation for past actions as we cling on to the roller coaster ride into the future.
We witness the damage and devastation that ambition can do. It is a terrible master. When pound signs dangle in front of eyes, actions will never be good.
There is the motif of prisons. Many characters, though physically free, have been imprisoned mentally for years. They walled themselves up brick by brick.
On the opposite side of the coin, there is love. The book is ultimately a search to be loved and to belong. Isolation may protect but love is far better.
There were scenes of menacing and fear as Valerie Keogh perfectly drove our emotional responses with her words.
Throughout life, we will come to crossroads where decisions need to be made. Will we choose the right or the wrong path? As I followed a character, I was willing them on to choose correctly – but would they? I found myself totally invested in the character as I held on for the ride.
All the characters were incredibly well drawn. Valerie Keogh has a talent for eliciting varying, and sometimes surprising, responses from me to the characters.
The Widow was a tense read but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was Valerie Keogh twenty second novel, but only my first by her – I shall definitely be hunting out more, more, more!
I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
Grieving or guilty?
When Allison’s wealthy and charming husband Peter is found dead, she appears distraught, devastated….delighted?
Because despite an apparently picture-perfect marriage, Allison knows it was all built on a bed of lies.
And as the truth regarding Peter’s life and death are revealed, Alison must try to keep her own dark past buried.
Because if Peter was keeping secrets, then his widow is too…
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Author Bio –
Valerie Keogh is the internationally bestselling author of several psychological thrillers and crime series, most recently published by Bloodhound. She originally comes from Dublin but now livesin Wiltshire and worked as a nurse for many years. Her first thriller for Boldwood was published in August 2022.
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