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3.33  ·  Rating details ·  3,445 ratings  ·  477 reviews
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 l
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by William Morrow (first published January 26th 2016)
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Linda
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
"It's the thief who worries most that he'll be robbed, the peeping tom who pulls his shades down tight."

Guilt and a nagging awareness of the truth is the impetus to make certain people do questionable things in their lives. No shoving. No pushing. Just an internal ticking that won't stop. Kind of like Poe's Telltale Heart under the floorboards.

Joe's car slams with savage impact against a tree on an icy road late at night. His sudden death leaves a gaping hole and so many unanswered questions fo
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Laura
I expected more of a thriller than a women's fiction novel focused on relationships. Don't get me wrong, I can certainly enjoy both. I think it hurts a book to be sold as a thriller when it lacks that great deal of suspense it promises. The Other Widow seemed to focus more on infidelity and relationships.

Set in the ice cold winter of Boston, a man dies in a car accident, Joe. Was it even an accident? Following the perspectives of three different women connected by a tragedy: Dorrie, Karen, and
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Was it really an accident?

Who was the other person in the car with Joe?

Why was a million dollar insurance policy taken out not even a month before the accident?

We meet Joe, Samuel, Karen, Dorrie, Edward, and Maggie. Husbands and wives who were not faithful, Joe's boss, and an insurance agent who used to be a policeman reviewing the life insurance policy.

After Joe was killed in a car accident, the tension builds, the characters show their true colors, and secrets become revealed.

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Pamela
Feb 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Erin
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
This was a toughie! I struggled to keep focused on the story, but was impatient to see how the story would unfold. Like others have already stated, I would have loved more mystery and less family drama.
Holly  B
I enjoyed listening to this audio. A very enjoyable story where you're always questioning what has happened and who is at fault.

One man-Joe
Three women- his wife, Karen his girlfriend, Dorie and the insurance investigator, Maggie

Joe is not around long because he is killed in a car accident in the beginning of the book. Accident??? and Dorie flees the scene leaving Joe dead.

Lots of cheating and deception going on. I enjoyed all the characters and trying to figure out all the craziness of the si
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Judy Collins
A special thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Top 50 Books of 2016!

Susan Crawford returns following her riveting debut The Pocket Wife landing on my Top Books of 2015 "Best Eye-Catching Cover and Best psycho- contemporary debut "(Bipolar), with:

THE OTHER WIDOW three women connected by tragedy—an exploration into the dark secrets of marriages, a mystery of domestic psychological suspense-lies, infidelity, obsession and betrayal.

A delicious "C
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Rose
Quick review for a quick read. To be honest, this is the first time in a while that I've read a book that let me down so much to expectation that I don't know what to really say. "The Other Widow" has an intriguing premise, and there are points when it seems to build towards something greater and more substantial. But each and every time it builds to that point, it pulls back like it wants to undo the tension established and really doesn't provide anything but false punches. I was fine trading b ...more
Amy
May 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
If you took out all of the extraneous information this story could be told in 10 pages. And it would still stink.
Melanie
May 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I need to give this book one star even if I did finish it. The writing style was all over the place. I had to concentrate to not get lost. But I continued on to see what the ending would be like. The ending is so ridiculous it's almost laughable. And I would have laughed had it not been for being so mad. I hate this book. I hated the characters. One annoying thing: almost in every chapter someone feels like she is being watched by someone, just has a ''feeling'' that someone's there. Plus, there ...more
Laura Rash
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid well-written mystery that had unique twists & turns which had me back-tracking to clarify what I'd just read! Characters all full of their own dirty little secrets & their impact on everyone else.
Thanks to Goodreads & William Morrow for this giveaway win copy in exchange for review!
Jennifer
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Other Widow is a psychological thriller that centers around infidelity and people that have lots of secrets in their marriage. Dorrie is having an affair with Joe, who is married to Karen. When Joe and Dorrie get into a car accident and Joe is killed, Dorrie manages to walk away with just a small cut. Did someone deliberately kill Joe or was it just an accident?

This books goes back and forth between Dorrie and Karen's point of view, as they both try to make sense of Joe's death. Maggie Brenn
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Laurel-Rain
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The car skidded and crashed, right after Joe Lindsay told his lover Dorrie Keating that they had to end their affair, that they were in danger.

Somehow Dorrie escapes the car unscathed, except for a small cut on her forehead. But Joe has died. His airbag failed to open, and after checking on his condition, she slipped out. She has a marriage and a daughter to protect.

So begins The Other Widow, a story set in Boston, and an intricate tale of deception, lies, secrets, and murder. A story populated
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Denise
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The Other Widow written by Susan Crawford is a well written tale of infidelity, cheating, lies, lust, revenge and guilt. The story is revealed through the eyes of three women and their perspective. Karen, the wife of Joe; Dorrie, the mistress of Joe; and Maggie, the life insurance agent assigned to investigate Joe's death. For me, this novel was just ok but I do look forward to reading her other novel, The Pocket Wife.
Patti
Feb 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I swear, Susan Crawford's editors said to her "Hey, you realize all the characters in this book are totally unlikable?" And so, Crawford added Maggie, the only remotely bearable character in the whole book. Then her editors took the world's longest siesta.

Chunks of story seemed to be lost in the ether. Characters were making HUGE leaps without any back up. And it was going to be a 2 star book until Karen's last chapter, when the most ridiculous editing miss I've seen since Lora Leigh's books pop
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Marisa
Feb 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Library Request, thank goodness I didn't spend money on purchasing this book. I really disliked all the characters, I found them all lacking emotional connections for me, I think I liked Samuel with all his lac lustre grunts the most appealing. I Hate the fact that the infidelity is so accepted in books today, but the lack of respect for the partners in this book was over the top disrespectful. And really what was that with Dorrie's mom, really, come on. Would not recommend this to others.
Bookread2day
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I read and enjoyed very much The Pocket Wife giving it 5 stars. I did like this new novel, but I just didn't get that blown away feeling with The Other WIdow. A lot goes on this storyline. Husband Joe distanced himself from his wife Karen because he is having an affair with Dorrie. But Karen is deceiving Moe by seeing anonymity man Thomas. Joe car slides sideways as he struggles for control. The car spins and crashes with Dorrie inside. Dorrie manages to escape, but Joe is cold and not breathing ...more
Cindy
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
A Goodreads win on my birthday! How cool is that! Well unfortunately I was not too thrilled with this so called thriller. The premise was intriguing: man run down by passing car, the "other woman" leaves scene of accident so that the secret of her affair isn't discovered. The story is told from alternating POVs. It seemed to me that the author wasn't quite sure where to take the story which then made the storyline move slowly and half hazardously. I wanted more action, more tension, more suspens ...more
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been into suspense novels mood lately so yesterday I decided to grab this book.

I am so happy I did because I loved it. It is so well written and got me hooked from the very beginning.

I highly recommend this book.
DJ Sakata
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Since his death, she lies awake, remembering silly things, like standing in the automatic doors at Target, watching as he disappeared, bit by bit, running across a rainy lot to get the car, the blinking lights, the careless, swishing sound of the glass doors… Cruel of him, she thinks, to die the way he did, with another woman there beside him in the car. Who was she? The question plagues her.

She could have loved Tomas, with his seductive accent, the way he said her name. Karen, t
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Mackey
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The fact that I read the book in one sitting says a lot. It was easy read, nothing too deep or thought provoking, perfect for a summer's day.

This is the story of three complex women all tied to together by the death of one man - the wife, lover and the insurance investigator. As the story unfolds, each of these women's lives become more entangled and the danger to each increases.

The author is very good at character development and I love that each woman is strong in her own way at the same tim
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Ammar
In this psychological thriller Susan Crawford takes us into the life of infidelity and cheating couples.
A tale of three women connected with tragedy, infidelity and lies.

Dorrie... The mistress, the co-worker, the last one to see Joe alive.

Karen... the grieving widow, the one who took a life insurance policy on her husband few weeks before he dies... works at a bookstore.. and she has a secret of her own.

Maggie Brennan.. my favorite character in the book.. an insurance investigator.. former co
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Kandice
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was OK. I liked The Pocket Wife better. The level of suspense just sort of coasted along as I wondered what happened and who was responsible. That said, there's one paragraph near the end that skews the whole story differently. I read it three times, and I'm still not sure I understood what happened. So that may be some of my dissatisfaction with the book: Don't try to change the whole direction of the book with a few sentences. And don't make the whole ending so convoluted that the readers f ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
This is an engaging psychological thriller that takes us into the world of infidelity. The Other Widow is a very quick read because it keeps the reader guessing the whole entire time. The women in the book are not perfect, far from, but there flaws make the more human and force the reader to relate to them and their situation. This is a tangled web of a read that will have to wondering how it will all work out until the very last page. 4 stars
Tamara
Liked it. Didn't love it. It seemed to be building to a big twist, but when the final pieces were revealed, it was not the big bang I had been hoping for. In fact, I had some/most figured out.

Full review to come later.
★Bookish Girls★
La sinossi del libro rivelava un thriller psicologico di quelli che piacciano a me, reso ancora più intrigante da quel raccordo amoroso che avrebbe dovuto dare anche più carattere alla narrazione e aggiungere quel pepe che, si sa, in libri come questi non è mai troppo… Ma… C’è un “ma” gigantesco che incombe su questo libro: la trama, a mio parere, pur essendo ricca di potenzialità non è stata sfruttata al massimo da un’autrice che forse non è proprio azzeccata per questo genere narrativo.


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Deb
I do like an intriguing and well-paced mystery with plenty of twists and turns that keep me constantly guessing and changing my mind about who the guilty party is--and that is just what I got with The Other Widow. The story is told from the points of view of three women Dorrie, Karen, and Maggie. Dorrie we meet immediately in the car with Joe, her boss and lover. She's a wanna-be actress, but works at Joe's home renovation firm, about to take over the financial duties for the company. Married, w ...more
Valerie
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is captivating in my opinion. Told from three different women's viewpoints, the reader starts to form a picture of what actually took place in this story.

It starts with the death of Joe Lindsay, a builder who owns his building business with a partner who has been a close friend of his since college. At the time Joe is killed, he was driving his vehicle with his employee and mistress, Dorrie. He had asked Dorrie to meet him because he wanted to tell her that it wasn't safe for them to c
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Jaime
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a easy read. It wasn't a page turner sit on the edge of your seat read but it was still good enough to want to see how it all ends.
Gail
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's an icy and snowy night and the conditions are dangerous to be out driving. In addition, Dorrie's lover, Joe, is preoccupied and distant. Telling her it's not safe, he ends their affair (both are married to other people) just as they crash. Joe is dead, and fearing discovery, Dorrie flees the scene.

To everyone, this sorrowful event looks like a dreadful accident on a night of terrible conditions. Everyone mourns Joe, the charismatic head of a home renovations company; from his wife, his lov
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Susan grew up in Miami, Florida. She later moved to New York City and then to Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three amazing daughters and to teach in various adult education settings. A member of The Atlanta Writers Club and The Village Writers, Susan works for the Department of Technical and Adult Education and is a member of her local planning commission. She lives in Atlanta with her ...more
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