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Publisher's Summary

Ana Bacon, a beautiful young wife and mother, tumbled off a cruise ship into dark and deadly waters. Ana is gone - leaving behind her wealthy husband and adorable daughter - but not everything about her disappearance adds up. What secrets did she leave behind?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a 10 million-dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall, and the official ruling seems to hold up.

Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana's life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

©2016 Cate Holahan (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"One of those rare thrillers that really will keep you reading all night, especially if you pack it to take on your next Caribbean cruise." ( Kirkus starred review)

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Long

Many twists and turns wasn't sure where or how this would end or if it would. When it finally got to the end it went quick. This goes to show even though you live with someone you marry them have their child you never really know that person. You never know what kind of horror they can bring in to your life. Concrete table!! Why would anyone spend over $4000 for one.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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The Widower's wife

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Widower's Wife?

It is told with two storylines intertwined. Ryan's investigation in late November and early December is interspersed with Ana and Tom Bacon's decision in October to defraud the insurance company . It has many suspenseful parts that it was hard to pause while listening to the audiobook.

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Could have been better

Good story line, but started to veer off my "keep me interested" track half way through. I finished it, hoping it would get better, but it became less believable in the waning chapters.

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You are whom you are.

What made the experience of listening to The Widower's Wife the most enjoyable?

Figuring out the mystery and the ins and outs of it all.

What other book might you compare The Widower's Wife to and why?

Kind of like Gone Girl. But in a different manner.

Which character – as performed by Teri Schnaubelt – was your favorite?

Teri does the husband the best. She has him nailed to a tee.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Stay away from the edge.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Not to bad

What did you like best about The Widower's Wife? What did you like least?

Honest Review :
The story was ok and the narrations were easy to listen to but I just feel...for me personally that the story had to many jump scenes. I felt I was listening to one part and then it would go another part and then jump right back to where I had been before it went to another scene and it became confusing for me

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

What was leading up to the wife

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrators voice was soft and easy and knew when to pick up and slow down

Was The Widower's Wife worth the listening time?

Yes and No...

Any additional comments?

Not so many jump scenes

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Do You See Dummy Written on my Forehead

Interesting story....wanted to find out "what happens" but truly unbelievable.....would anyone continue down the financial, emotional and dangerous road this woman traveled.......
The ending was also "unbelievable".....and one knows this would never happen in the real world.....
A true walk down fantasy lane !

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Slow. Dull. Boring.

I gave this audio book numerous chances but it never got better. It lacks intrigue and suspense. The storyline drags on and on without actually progressing. After twenty two chapters of an aimless plot, forgettable characters and mundane narration I'd had enough! I promptly called Audible and returned the audio with a credit refund. I'd wasted precious time on this book. I just could not waste a valuable credit as well.

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Oh my dear god in heaven just no

I really wanted to just wallow in this book during my runs and melt into a good story. And I tried on three different occasions. But the descriptions...OMG. Just over-the-top and overdone and so incredibly long-winded. And to hear that in first person was just beyond weird. I'm pretty sure if you deleted all those rambling descriptions of how clothes "hung on my body like a Lego" or whatever that it would knock a good 8 hours off the listen. I could barely muster 2, if that. I don't blame the author, who obviously took "show don't tell" a little too close to heart. I blame the editor for not toning it down or at least suggesting it be written in third person instead so those descriptions wouldn't sound so utterly weird.

Anyway, I'm glad, as I ran my finger across the track pad of my MacBook Pro, gently gliding the curser upwards like a Carolina bluebird soaring into the azure-tinted sky, and tapped the "return this title," that the dialog box appeared and, as if to shout in glory to the angels above, stated "Credit Refunded." The sheer excitement made my head jerk ever so slightly to the right, sending my long auburn ponytail tumbling down my bare shoulder, tickling the skin on my left forearm, sore from the COVID booster I'd received just hours earlier. I sighed, allowing my diaphragm to move the air within me upwards before dipping my curser back into my Wish List where I used the same middle finger that glided across the trackpad that removed "The Widower's Wife" from my Library to add a nice, dark-and-well-written Samantha Downing novel. Ahhhh. Much better, thank you.

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Could NOT Stop Listening!!!

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great book! So good that I even downloaded the other two books from the author. So excited to read those. Great twist and turns, and really makes the readers want to see a visual of the people in the book!

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Term !ife

I personally liked the insurance investigator Ryan. Tom was a excuse my language a Damn Shame. Anna was not living in a real world. Did she really think Tom was goingn to let her live? The ending was so weird and rushed in my opinion. Narrator did awesome although the story was somewhat unbelievable.
Author DeAnn DeVille

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