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A loving husband or a heartless killer...she'd know, wouldn't she?

THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

'If you liked GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, you might want to pick up THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful' Stephen King

We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?
Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

Du Maurier's REBECCA meets WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and GONE GIRL in this intimate tale of a terrible crime.

'The ultimate psychological thriller' Lisa Gardner


Fiona Barton's tantalising new thriller, THE CHILD, is available to buy now.

Reviews

Feted as this year’s The Girl on the Train

OBSERVER

The big thriller of the year

STYLIST

The ultimate psychological thriller. Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through. The ending totally blew me away.

LISA GARDNER

The most buzzed about book of 2016

HEAT

Stunning from start to finish. I devoured it in one sitting. The best book I've read this year. If you liked GONE GIRL, you'll love this. Fiona Barton is a major new talent.

M J Arlidge

An unsettling, compulsive tale

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

Dark, compelling and utterly unputdownable. My book of the year so far

C. L. Taylor, author of THE ACCIDENT and THE LIE

A book you’ll drop everything to whip through

GLAMOUR

A cleverly conceived, interesting novel

LITERARY REVIEW

A complex, intriguing heroine and a dark, unsettling story makes this a real page-turner.

Woman & Home

A skilful, tautly written thriller

RED

She tells her tale with a realism and restraint that add to its shattering impact

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘A brilliant, enthralling debut’

Jill Mansell

A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door. Gripping and horribly plausible

Tammy Cohen

A terrifically chilling exploration of the darkness at the heart of a seemingly ordinary marriage, the life of quiet desperation behind a neat suburban door. Gripping and horribly plausible

Tammy Cohen

Gritty, emotional and so believable

ESSENTIALS

Next year’s The Girl on the Train

THE BOOKSELLER

The Widow is generating a huge buzz

SUNDAY MAIL

Will keep you gripped till the end

CANDIS

A highly enjoyable first novel... Gripping

READER’S DIGEST

Pre-order for next year

PRIMA

A creepy, but gripping, read that will keep you up all night

BEST

Fiona Barton is perceptive, empathetic and a talented writer...this is a promising debut from a talented writer.

Daily Express

A strikingly strong story, executed with fierce professionalism and rings true from page one... This has bestseller written all over it.

Daily Mail

Just amazing. A mix of Patricia Highsmith with the very best of Ruth Rendell. This is going to be a huge hit

Ken Bruen

A gripping crime thriller... It's a chilling, twisting tale.

Independent 'i'

Strong female leads give this haunting thriller added bite. The Widow is deserving of its accolades.

Independent

The Widow is feminist, weighty and scarily plausible. It will haunt you.

Independent

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Make Me
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The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Earthly Remains
Line of Fire
Fifty Fifty
After the Fire
The Girl Who Was Taken
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
Orphan X