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The Good Widow

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  33,216 ratings  ·  2,255 reviews
Amazon Charts 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
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Liz Fenton
Here's your summer read ladies (and progressive gentlemen)!

To say I was doing the happy dance the moment I heard Liz & Lisa were publishing a novel of suspense would be an understatement; I was like that dang emoji on the iPhone in the red dress, so much so that my family is still embarrassed to be seen in public with me. Oops. On one hand, I knew this storyline would fit perfect with the type of novels that Lake Union has been publishing lately; the suspenseful, domestic fiction is really worki
Meredith (On Vacation)
90% chick lit, 10% suspense. This is the best way that I can think of to describe The Good Widow

When Jack’s husband of years dies in a freak car accident in Maui, she is shocked. Her husband James is supposed to be on a business trip in Kansas. Jacks soon learns that James was in Maui with his mistress, Dylan. Jacks realizes that she never really knew her husband of eight years.When Dylan’s fiancée, Nick, shows up at her door asking her to go to Maui with him to find more out about Dylan and Ja
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mixed feelings on this say the least!

Jacks Morales hears a knock on her door - her life is about to change forever.

"Five minutes ago, I wasn't a widow"

The police have come with the sad news that her husband James died in a tragic accident while in Maui. But wait just a minute, wasn't he supposed to be In Kansas on business? And, he wasn't alone!? Woops.

Plans are made with the other woman's fiancé Nick, to fly to Maui and retrace the steps of their cheating, loved ones. All the way to th
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales gets a surprise visit by two police officers at her home in California. They inform her that her husband, James, has died in Hawaii in a car crash. Adding to the mystery is an unknown woman who also died in the accident. Jacks is confused because James was supposed to be on a business trip to Kansas.

James and Jacks had been married for eight years. She never felt that their marriage was perfect but they seemed to get along. After his memorial, an unknown man named Nick
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shape Sifters.

Mythical creatures who possess the ability to transform themselves at will.

Hmm.....But it seems we have the human type here amongst us. They weave in and out presenting themselves in a far different light with far different intentions. Words spoken eye to eye tinged with the sting of lies.

That unexpected knock at the door never seems to be good news. It isn't. Not for Jacqueline "Jacks" Morales that day. Two police officers spill out the words that will change her life forever. Ja
THE GOOD WIDOW is the debut emotional thriller from bestselling authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. The cover was perfect…dark water creating an eerie feeling of things to come. I really enjoyed reading this book, and found I was caught up in the moment experiencing the drama.

It’s funny how your life can change on a dime!

“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 w
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't what I expected.

Many GR friends gave good reviews for this book, but definitely isn't my age group. Thirty something age group will enjoy reading this book. Main character needs to grow up and examine what she's doing and not so dependent on people around her. You have to start any true relationship by disclosing everything, good or bad.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2017
This book didn’t grab me. I didn’t connect with the characters and found the nickname Jacks to be distracting for me. Too much like the guy’s name Jack. So here comes my admission: I didn’t read the entire book. I read the first seven chapters, and like I said, I wasn’t getting into the story. So *gasp* I skipped ahead to chapter 34 and continued on from there. I guess I read about 1/3 of the book. It was enough for me. I feel like I got the best parts of the book and skipped all the boring stuf ...more
Cindy Burnett
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
4.5 stars

The Good Widow is a terrifically fun and engrossing read! The book grabbed me from the second I picked it up until I reached its highly satisfying conclusion. As I frequently state in my reviews, the thriller genre (particularly the unreliable narrator subgenre which thankfully this is not) is a bit overloaded these days – some are quite good, others are not good at all. Fortunately, The Good Widow is an outstanding addition to the group.

The story opens with a nameless couple driving t
Sarah Joint
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book to read on the beach or bring along on vacation. This is a good one. Very entertaining and suspenseful. I devoured it in one sitting, it's a nice quick read that will keep you hooked from the beginning.

Jacqueline ("Jacks" to almost everyone) has just received devastating news. Her husband has died far from home. He had a car accident on a well-known dangerous road in Hawaii. Wait... wasn't he supposed to be in Kansas?

Turns out he wasn't on the boring business trip he told his
Mary Kubica
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling read! An emotional story of love and loss, and a gripping page-turner to boot. I did not see the ending coming. Brilliant! Liz and Lisa will keep readers on the edge of their seat with this one.
Wow! I ended up liking this book way more than I was expecting to. For some reason the premise, while it did sound interesting, could of very well fallen in the cheesy Lifetime movie category but was I wrong! I was completely captivated by this story. I absolutely adored Jacks our main character. All of her emotions after losing her husband after a terrible car accident seemed so honest and real. That lady truly tugged at my heart strings which isn't always easy to do. And then, at the end, a tw ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nothing wrong with a quick departure from reality as you become wholeheartedly absorbed in the suspense of The Good Widow.  Jacks answers her front door to find two police officers telling her the shocking news that her husband is dead.    She knew he was on a business trip in Kansas...or was he?  The plot thickens when they tell her he was in an accident in Maui, Hawaii.  With another woman.  And so it
Holy shit.
I did not see that coming.
Just when I thought there was a happy ending around the corner!! 😕

Instead of calling this book The Good Widow, they should have called it The Bad Betrothed or something considering one was a home wrecker and the other was a psycho stalker/murderer. Has a nice ring to it.
3.5 stars.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales is a school teacher who while she didn't think she had a perfect marriage she did think it was stable and comfortable that is until the day two police officers showed up on her doorstep. Jacks is told that her husband had been involved in an accident while driving the road to Hana in Hawaii. Now since her husband was supposed to be on a business trip in Kansas Jack's is completely confused as to what happened.

Not only did Jacks get the information that her husband is
Catherine McKenzie
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So fun to read this first suspense novel from Liz and Lisa! Put this one on your to-read shelf!
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
4 Solid Stars!

I've never read anything by Liz and Lisa but I can say that I'm really excited to pick up another novel by these ladies! I devoured this in pretty much a day and it had a great ending!

We meet Jacks who is an elementary school teacher. She's married to James and they have a pretty normal marriage...or so we think. They're way past the honeymoon stage and struggling with infertility. James comes from a huge family so pressure is on from Jacks MIL. Ultimately James starts to resent Ja
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
*2.5 stars

Well, to be honest, I didn't enjoy this like so many others have. After seeing great reviews from some of my Goodreads friends, I quickly requested this from Netgalley. I was hoping for a great suspense novel--I've been in such a thriller reading mood lately, but this did not live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, I thought this was well-written and very readable. There's no doubt that I will be reading more from these two authors. I'm just not sure it will be another suspense
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like the road to Hana…

This book went nowhere. It was very repetitious, had no real plot and after a lot of twisting and turning ended up back at the beginning. I found the ride boring after a while and when the book finally finished I wished I hadn't wasted all that time. No, I do not recommend taking the trip.
Frank Phillips
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Having read Fenton's 2nd and 3rd releases and really enjoying them, I decided to pick this one up in audiobook format. I really enjoyed this as a drama, but I believe it was meant to be marketed as a suspense or thriller, which it disappointingly definitely wasn't. Don't get me wrong, i was thoroughly engaged and wasn't bored at any time. I suppose you could call it a slow-burn mystery. There is a twist of sorts towards the end, and being a thriller fanatic I saw it coming a mile away, but this ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Wow, wow, wow.

This is without a doubt one of my favorite books of the year. It is Neglect-Your-Children good. The suspense, the twists...I was trying to figure out the ending the entire time and I just did NOT see it coming. To read it and "watch" it I said- I have no idea what my kids were doing, I just had to finish this book. I devoured it and ignored my kids...that right there tells you how damn good this one is. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.

I have been
Judith E
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A predictable mystery about weak women making poor choices, and then surprised their loved ones weren't who they thought they were. ...more
Liz Fenton
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Dear Reader,
We are so excited for you to read our debut suspense novel! This one is very near and dear to our hearts, as it takes place in one of our favorite places-Maui! We hope you come to love Jacks as much as we did-that you appreciate the complexities of her quest for answers. Enjoy-and don't forget to let us know what you think! Thank you so much for your support.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
In the acknowledgements, the authors say "suspense is something we've been wanting to write for a long time". Well, they still haven't written suspense. ...more
Amy Hatvany
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a early copy of THE GOOD WIDOW and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

The writing is smart, but accessible, funny, and thoughtful. The pace is taut, but not so much that it feels forced. I really connected with the characters and their storylines - I don't want to say too much about the plot because it might give something away, but I will say this: They ring so true, like friends I would have in my own life, so reading about the intricacies of their relat
Theresa Alan
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was entertaining, but odd. The premise is that Jacqueline “Jacks” thinks she’s in a troubled but decent-enough marriage. So, when the cops show up and tell her that her husband is dead in a car accident in Maui, she’s devastated and confused. Jacks thought he was on a business trip in Kansas. When she learns that he was with a young woman, Dylan, the questions begin to swirl. Things get more complicated when Dylan’s fiancé, Nick, shows up, also filled with questions.

Nick suggests that he a
3.75 stars. Drama with a little suspense towards the end. Predictable but entertaining. More so because the audio narration was great and made a very long car trip more bearable.
Kate Moretti
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE GOOD WIDOW is both heartrending and suspenseful, deftly navigating Jack's mourning and the loss of her less-than-perfect marriage. The writing is sharp and evocative, the Hawaiian setting is spectacular, and the ending was a wonderful, twisty surprise. A quintessential summer beach read! ...more
Sherri Thacker
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! What a great thriller! A shocking twist at the end too!!! Had me wanting more!
Angie Haupt
The premise grabbed me because, for one thing, it seemed reminiscent of "The Marriage Lie." (Which I tore through.) Husband dies in a place (or on his way to a place) that is not the place where he's supposed to be. Twisty ride through said husband's secretive life ensues.

Before I knock "The Good Widow" too much, I'll say this: A lot of people seem to love it, and I get it. It's fun book candy, perfect for a beach day, forgettable but still entertaining. It just didn't do it for me. The writing
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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over 30 years and survived high school and college together. They've co-authored six novels, including The Year We Turned Forty, which is in development for a TV series. They also host the popular podcast We Fight So You Don't Have to. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego, California.

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