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The Wife and the Widow

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  13,249 ratings  ·  1,828 reviews
The second standalone thriller from the award-winning author of THE NOWHERE CHILD

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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Minotaur Books (first published September 24th 2019)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG!OMG!OMG! I’m not a religious person but any example masterpiece writing is a quite definition of finding the real miracle in the earth for me. And this book is impeccable, detailed, surprising, mind-blowing, so smartly written.

I wish I had a chance to clone this author’s special gift and brain cells and have them transplanted into my miserable head!

This mean genius author literally plays an unfair game with your mind. It’s impossible to win against him because he is too intelligent. I fooled
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
“If we don’t talk about the monsters in this world, we won’t be ready for them when they jump out from under the bed.”

The Wife and the Widow is a dark and twisty psychological thriller.

It’s tightly wound and compulsively readable--so tightly wound that I read right through the twist! It’s subtle and intelligently written.

It’s best to go in blind, so that’s all I am going to say!

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
WOW!! I did not see that coming!
After what felt like a very slow start the book just suddenly "clicked." That feeling when the light comes on, clouds part, while the story-line sets its hook, never letting you go! So captivating in fact, I polished it off in one day. Granted it’s not a long book by any means, but I’m not a book-a-day reader!

Now, as with most great thrillers, the less you know going in the better your experience. Sooooo…no spoilers here! Just know that you’re in for one bumpy, c
Kylie D
I was looking forward to reading this book after loving The Nowhere Child, and while I did enjoy it, I don't think it's as good as the author's previous work. We have two women brought together on the island off the coast of Victoria, one grieving the death of her husband, the other wondering what has gotten into hers. As their lives entwine we are brought closer to the truth of what happened, in a place where nothing is as it seems.

The Wife And The Widow is a good quick read, and yes it has one
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
The Wife and the Widow is told from the perspective of two women: one whose husband disappears and the other whose husband is hiding a guilty secret. Their alternating viewpoints slowly condense into a single narrative as their stories converge and all their secrets are revealed.

I have to say, I was super excited going into this book based on its stellar reviews. I'm always looking for a thriller that can surprise or shock me. And this book has a lot going for it. For one, the premise is intrigu
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
"If they didn't talk about the monsters in this world, then they wouldn't be ready for them when they jumped out from under the bed."

Chapters alternate between The Widow, Kate, and The Wife, Abby.
Within the few first chapters, Kate's husband goes missing without a trace. She then finds out he quit his job months earlier without telling her and lied about the trip he was supposed to be on. Where is he? Why did he lie? What is he hiding? "...are some monsters better left hidden."
Abby's chapte
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, suspense
Absorbing, tense, sent-shivers-down-my-spine, and best of all – an eye-popping twist!

Well, Christian White more than led me down the garden path on this one. Bravo! I'm still recovering. Feels like I've been hit by a sledgehammer. I even dreamed of this book last night. And, there were things that raised my hackles while reading, sneakily planted clues that should have led me to the correct conclusion, but of course it's easy to say that now that I have all the facts. Not to mention, I failed to
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A round of applause to Christian White! 👏👏👏

I have whiplash from all the twists and reveals. To say I was stunned at the end of this is an understatement. I had to go back to re-read some parts to make sure I had gotten it all right. Color me impressed! 4 stars!

The only reason this didn't get 5 stars was because I did skim any scene involving descriptions of taxidermy. Other than that this book is damn near perfect. If your a psych thriller fan that hasn't read this yet then I strongly urge you
DNF-no rating

Things I do not want to read about:

1. Politics
2. Religion
3. Taxidermy

This had two out of three.

I encourage you to read the many stellar reviews for this book for a more objective opinion.
Katie B
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a clever mystery and I enjoyed it so much I'm definitely going to check out the author's other book, The Nowhere Child. The story grabbed me from the start as I was very interested in what happened to the missing husband as well as figuring out the connection between the two women. There's a surprise or two along the way and while I wouldn't say my mind was blown, I was left feeling appreciative the author managed to pull one over on me.

Kate, a mother of a young girl, is devastated when
Diane S ☔
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Most likely one of the few, so called thrillers, I will read this year. It has been getting some terrific review, and I was curious, so decided to read. I was enjoying this, it was different, set on an island, and I liked the format, two narrators. Totally flummoxed for the first two thirds. Everytime I thought I had it figured out, a new revelation would derail my thoughts.

So, was thinking this was definitely a four star read. Until, that is, the ending, which descended into typical thriller,
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is an excellent read! What an interesting job to learn about: palliative care. I didn't know but it makes sense someone has to do it. I love that example about releasing stress on a leaf down the stream. I also like learning the term taxidermy. I have seen many deer heads at my old boss' office so now learning of the term is wonderful. In my other island reads, the story made it like living on an island is the best off season but this book brings out another light, one where the locals ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

Those that have read The Nowhere Child by this author know that Christian White can really write a brilliant story. This second novel is as good, if not better in my opinion. I could not wait to get my hands on this book and once I started it I really struggled to put it down.

It is a hard story to talk too much about without giving anything away. What you need to know is that it told from 2 different points of view. There is Kate, whose husband fails to return from an overseas business tri
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Wife and the Widow is set in a remote island town during a harsh winter. There are two narrators, Kate, a widow whose husband was no saint, and Abby, a woman whose husband is guilty of something big.

It takes Kate and Abby coming together to discover the truth about their husbands.

The question is: do we ever really know the ones we love?

Beautifully-written, enchanting, clever, thrilling, atmospheric, and shocking. It has it all. Do yourselves a favor and try a book by Christian White. I’m so
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: For a moment Kate nearly allowed herself to slip into autopilot. The temptation to submit and roll over like a frightened puppy was strong. But that was the old Kate. That was the woman who didn't want to hear about the monsters under the bed, the woman who let the men in her life show her what to do and when to do it.

She had tried never to think about death, but the few times she had, she'd decided that when it came it should feel like an ellipsis: a gentle trailing off of a sentence.
Larry H
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
What would you risk to find out the truth? That's a question at the core of Christian White's new mystery, The Wife and the Widow .

Kate and her daughter are awaiting her husband John’s return to Australia from a conference in London. When he doesn't arrive at the airport when his flight does, they find out he never boarded the flight he was supposed to be on. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to secrets John was keeping.

Kate and her father-in-law travel to Belport, a remot
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"We all have things that ought to stay buried, things a person should keep to well can you really know anyone?"

Kate Keddie, a stay at home mom, lived in an elegant Victorian home in Caulfield. She was married to John, a physician at Trinity Health Centre for Palliative Care. As our story unfolds, Kate and ten year old daughter Mia, await John's return from a two week conference in London. As passengers deplane at Melbourne International Airport, he is not among them. In fact, Jo
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

You got me, Christian White! I think I was more than one step behind you in this suspense thriller and by the end, my jaw was on the ground and there were dark circles under my eyes. Goodreads people, I must add another author to my favorites list.

Told in alternating chapters by the "Widow", Kate Keddie and the "Wife", Abby Gilpin, there is no shortage of questions in this standalone thril
Susanne  Strong
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Extra! Extra! Read All About it! 👏 👏

What more can I say?! “The Wife and the Widow” by Christian White bowled me over!

This novel is a character driven psychological thriller. One where you keep reading because you just KNOW something cray cray is going to happen. Your gut gets that “feeling” and whoosh! You find out secrets you wished you’d never uncovered and your stomach sinks..

Murder. Secrets. Lies. You don’t even know the Half Of IT!

That of course, is how it should be. Shh! I won
Carolyn Walsh
2.5 Stars. I read Christian White’s terrific debut novel, The Nowhere Child, back in January. It remains one of my favorite mysteries of 2019, so had no hesitation in purchasing The Wife and the Widow ebook.

I apologize as this novel was a disappointment for me. It started out strong but then wasn’t keeping me engaged in the story. I found the characters underdeveloped. Kate, the widow, was too passive to be interesting as a main character. Abby, the wife, was unpleasant and not at all likeable
Christian White is an author I’ll be keeping a close eye on as I’ve now read his two novels and enjoyed both of them. I can't wait to discover what he writes next. This book revolves around two women, Kate, who is the widow and Abby who is the wife. Each chapter of this book alternates between the two giving us the reader a clear image of what exactly going on between these two women.

The mystery and suspense throughout this book has you turning the pages eagerly awaiting on what will take place
A compelling murder mystery with a very clever lightbulb moment in the narrative two thirds through the novel giving it a surprising twist.

The story takes place on Belport Island, a popular summer holiday location off the Victorian coast. The wife and the widow are Kate and Abby. Abby is a local whose husband Ray runs a business looking after the summer holiday houses and gardens when they are shut up over the winter. Kate is on the island looking for her husband John who is missing since telli
Frank Phillips
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was yet another great, fantastically written, well paced, thrilling read from Mr. White!! 4.5 Stars, rounded up because this is the 2nd book in a row from this author that has blown me away. It almost garnered a 5 Star rating, except for the fact that I was thoroughly confused throughout, up until the very last few chapters. The alternating perspectives had me confused, initially because I couldn't keep the characters straight, then because of the period in time that each took place in. I'm ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! This was SO good! Best since well, my last favorite!😂 But really, this author is something special. I love twists & red herrings as much as the next thriller reader, but this 1 is different.. It has all of those oh sh*t moments but in an authentic, intelligent way. No wasted time or tricks just for the sake of misleading. You can just relax & let the story unfold. This author is a true artist. To begin a book & have it seamlessly weave in & out, & then come together the way this d ...more
Diana | Book of Secrets
4.5 Stars → Dark secrets are a terrible burden! THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW is a fast-paced family drama/thriller told in alternating POVs of the two title characters — a wife and a widow. The big question that kept me flipping the pages is how are their stories connected? I love those mind-bending twists that make me stop and say, "Wait, WHAT?!? This book had the perfect one for these troubled characters. Haunting and gripping. {Borrowed from the library.} ...more
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White. (2019).

Set against the backdrop of an island town in winter, this thriller is told from two perspectives. Kate is a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her husband's secret life. Abby is an island local who is forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on the island is quite as it seems. When the women are pushed to the edge, they will unco
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

4.5 stars

Fairfax has labelled Christian White, the author of last year’s smash hit, The Nowhere Child as, ‘an exciting new voice in crime fiction’. I have to concur, Christian White has earned this title, thanks to his first book, and now his second novel, The Wife and the Widow. A story that follows a wife, a widow and a shocking secret on a stormy island abode, Christian White’s sophomore novel is a book that will have you deeply examining the actions of y

A stand alone thriller by Christian White published 2019.

By no definition was this a good read, it was beyond good it was brilliant.

Here I was sitting back enjoying the story when all of a sudden the story shifted and the story I thought I was reading was in fact something completely different.
It was so brilliantly done that I didn’t see it coming right up until the moment it slapped me in the face. All the clues I should have seen went straight over my head but looking back they were all there
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do you go after your debut novel becomes a major hit? That was the question for Melbourne native Christian White who's in 2017 would win the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for The Nowhere Child. While expectations were high for the follow-up I was not prepared for an even deeper and more mature narrative that made for a brilliant read.

Based on the question of how much we truly know our loved ones The Wife and the Widow expands on dynamics of family and the lengths you may go to pr
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
“If we don’t talk about the monsters in this world, we won’t be ready for them when they jump out from under the bed.”

**4.5 stars rounded up**

Wow. I started this book earlier this afternoon, and I've pretty much read it in one sitting. I found myself frantically turning pages trying to figure out the mystery and get answers to my many questions. I didn't want to put my Kindle down. What a beautifully written story. Christian White clearly has mad skills. His writing flowed effortless
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Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. He co-created the television series Carnivores, currently in development with Matchbox Pictures and Heyday TV, and co-wrote Relic, a psychological horror feature film to be produced by Carver Films (The Snowtown Murders, Partisan).


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