The Other Widow: A Novel

The Other Widow: A Novel

by Susan Crawford


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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 life intact—her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily—Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. Now she’s going to put on the most challenging performance of her life. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone. . . .

Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating—she found some suspicious e-mails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her—this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable . . . and on her own.

Insurance investigator Maggie Brennan is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk—a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things—and people—are never what they seem to be.

As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge . . . closer to each other . . . to a terrifying truth . . . to a shocking end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062362889
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Susan Crawford grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in English and a minor in psychology. She later moved to New York City and then Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three daughters and work in the field of adult education. A member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Village Writers, Susan teaches at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and dabbles in local politics. She lives with her husband and a trio of rescue cats in Atlanta, where she enjoys reading books, writing books, rainy days, and spending time with the people she loves.

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The Other Widow: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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13835877 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was very excited to read The Other Widow, but the book wasn't quite what I expected. I expected a more intense and edge of your seat read. There was more mystery than thriller in this particular book. The story was still interesting, just not as fast paced as I like. P.S. If you read the paperback copy, there are 3 different fonts used. One for each woman's point of view. The nerd in me loved this small but unique detail, especially since the fonts tend to match with each woman's role/personality. I'm not sure if it is this way in the ebook or not.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5 I really enjoyed Susan Crawford's debut novel - The Pocket Wife. The Other Widow is her new novel. Dorrie has been having an affair with her boss Joe. On the night he decides to end it, the car they are sitting in is hit. Desperate to not have her husband find out about the affair, Dorrie runs. Sure that Joe is dead she calls 911, but when the EMTs arrive, there is no Joe. Joe's wife Karen is on her way home after a night out with a friend, sharing her suspicions that her husband has been having an affair, when she spies what looks like Joe's car - smashed. Maggie, a former cop turned insurance investigator, is assigned the claim. She thinks there's much more to it than meets the eye. Well, she's right - there are secrets bubbling beneath the surface for all three women. Will they stay hidden or come to light? What happened to Joe? Why? He too kept secrets. And someone out there knows them. Crawford keeps the reader guessing as we see the story through three pairs of eyes, each with their own agenda. Crawford delves deeper into relationships in this book, giving these subjects equal time with the mystery plot line. Personally, I prefer a faster driven novel when I think 'psychological suspense.' I just didn't like either Dorrie or Karen and felt no sympathy for either of them. Maggie I liked very much. She seemed 'real' and I empathized with her struggles with PTSD. I liked her dogged determination to solve the crime, falling back on her old professional skills. I think Maggie has more stories to tell and hope that Crawford considers bringing her back in future novels. I had my suspicions as to 'whodunit' and was proven correct by the end. The run up to the final pages seemed a bit rushed. I found the plot a little convoluted and overly convenient in parts. But that didn't deter me from turning pages to see where Crawford would take things.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: 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, the way he breathed it, like a poem, the way, no matter what was going on in his life, he always seemed to have time for her. Funny how she didn’t realize Joe was cheating until his little twit literally spelled things out for her in black and white… People, Karen had decided, can only project what they would do. It’s the thief who worries most that he’ll be robbed, the peeping tom who pulls his shades down tight. My Review: Written from a third person POV, The Other Widow was an intriguing, slowly built, compelling, and engrossing story. I remained interested, invested, and engaged throughout while I developed and discarded various theories. Ms. Crawford cleverly devised several different loosely tangled threads and misdirections to keep the reader primed and guessing as to the actual culprit and their motivation. As I read, I changed my mind three times before deciding to just hope, “Oh please, don’t let it be Samuel!” The tale was multi-layered, richly detailed, and smartly nuanced with suspense as well as uniquely flawed and conflicted characters. Each of the three protagonists was struggling with their own stagnation, personal issues, insecurities, guilt, damage, and regrets. This was my first experience with Susan Crawford and left me with the desire for many more to come.
knnave More than 1 year ago
The Other Widow is full of people behaving badly, and dangerously. The author managed to take a character, Dorrie, which should be hated by everyone for the choices she’s made in her life and make us care for her safety. This book is full of dark twists and turns that are written with a poetic touch. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Other Widow, author Susan Crawford’s incredibly strong follow-up to The Pocket Wife, takes readers on a roller coaster ride of tightly wrought suspense, intriguing characters, and intricate plotting that will have you racing to the end of the book to uncover the surprising ending. The novel follows three women: Dorrie, reeling from the death of her married lover, Joe; Karen, Joe’s wife; and Maggie, the insurance investigator who smells a rat over Joe’s large insurance policy, purchased shortly before his death. Crawford explores the darker side of relationships and poses the question: can you ever really know those who you are closest to in life, even your intimate partner or spouse? With its taut plotting and beautiful prose, this wonderfully crafted suspense novel is the perfect summer read!
Robert_Angles More than 1 year ago
Since reading The Pocket Wife, Crawford’s first psychological suspense novel, I had been looking forward to her second book. It did not disappoint. The plot takes off from the first page and kept me engaged through all it’s twists and turns. Actually, I thought I had it all figured out, but was surprised by the final twist. The characters are complex and real. They are unvarnished. I was able to identify with their feelings of love, loss, guilt, and rage; and sympathize with their noble and ignoble acts of loyalty, friendship, deceite, and betrayal. They all had their secrets; They all rationalized their behavior. Finally, I found the beauty of Crawford’s proses made each page a joy to read. For it’s engaging suspenseful plot, strong well developed characters, and lyrical prose, I have to rate The Other Widow a five star read.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
Multiple cheating spouses aren't really my cup of tea, but it could have worked. There were too many people involved with each other in an ever more entangled web, and then a suspicious death of one of them. I couldn't get engaged with the main character or the wife as they were just not very well developed. The detective and the insurance investigator were somewhat more fully developed and therefore much more interesting. The suspense was OK, but rather less than urgent. All in all, I was disappointed. This ARC was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Goodreads Giveaways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The overall premise and story line was solid but the writing style of the author dragged. Much too introspective thinking of the characters was boring. Could not sympathize with anyone. Everyone was screwed up. Not enough dialogue. Yawn! The author dragged you through too many characters as well. First few chapters pulled you in and then it was a snoozer. Very disappointing.