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  • An outstanding mystery

    At the risk of sounding like yet again another broken record, I absolutely loved this book! I have said this so many times in my reviews this year and have genuinely meant it each and every time. The caliber of books I have read so far in 2020 have been outstanding and Two Widows is another one that falls into that category! This book had me right from the start. It is a mystery that had me entangled in its web, never letting me go until the final page. There is nothing better than reading a story were you have absolutely no idea where it is heading and how it is going to unfold and come together. Laura Wolfe does a fantastic job at keeping the reader in the dark throughout and right up until it’s satisfying ending. I enjoyed all the characters in the book and each have been written perfectly. I was immediately drawn to Gloria and my heart went out to her. Oh my goodness, the sadness falls off her in spades and she really got under my skin. She is a gentle soul that made me want to reach into my kindle and hug her tight. Beth is an intriguing character and I enjoyed how I was kept second guessing her intentions, as well as being taken back into her past where along the way we learn more about her and her motivations. She is very complex with many layers and Laura Wolfe has done a great job in bringing her to life. The story moves at the right pace giving you enough along the way to keep your interest and hold your attention. Laura Wolfe expertly weaves in the tension and suspense, leaving it to slowly bubble away in the background until it reaches boiling point! It is both a sad and thrilling tale and one that I could have quite easily read in one setting if life hadn’t rudely got in the way! Everything about this book is on point. From the sinister vibe of the cover, the mystery which is very well plotted, executed and compelling, a great host of diverse characters and themes, that is all wrapped in writing that is both so engaging and captivating, you could not ask for any more from this book! It is definitely one that needs to on you reading list stat! Laura Wolfe is a new author to me and one I am so glad that has popped up on my radar! Two Widows is one ripper of a read and I will be eagerly awaiting her next mystery. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review Two Widows which I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Laura Wolfe for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Two Widows which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • A fun read

    Whoa!! A thriller which transformed into absolute girl power!! Woohoo. My first book by the talented author Laura Wolfe, and I had fun times with the story. It was wonderful how 3 characters could twist and turn the book on its vertices and leave me so well entrenched in my own theories The story revolved around the characters, and the author built up so much of suspense that I could barely let go of my kindle. I was a bundle of excitement. I had to know the secrets buried in their hearts. A dead body, or two, made the plotline murkier along with shaded backgrounds of all the characters. The book was a brilliant showcase for the author’s writing. I was glued to my kindle for a couple of hours. Time so well spent. A captivating read.

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  • Twists and turns

    Two Widows is the story of Gloria who lost her husband and is very lonely. Beth also a widow (with secrets ) is younger and she has rented Gloria's land to park her tiny house. The two become friends of sorts but Gloria is having doubts as two murders have now occurred in this small town. The book is nicely told from each of their perspectives. I just love Gloria ! There are some nasty characters in this book which I love ! Twists and turns will keep the pages turning. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read The Two Widows.

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  • A real page-turner!

    I absolutely loved this book from the first page! Gloria is a widow who is feeling a financial pinch so she rents space in a field to Elizabeth (Beth) Ramsey for the summer for her "tiny home." Shortly after that, she rents her garage apartment to Joe Miles, an artist, who is a little rough around the edges. Gloria feels safer with her two renters because there was a recent murder in town and then another one. The story is told in a now and then format with Gloria and Elizabeth as the narrators. Lots of exciting things happen in this book and it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. What I liked best about this book is the fact that it took place in Northern Michigan, my home state, so every town they mentioned brought back memories for me. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this fantastic read in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to future books from Author Laura Wolfe.

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  • A Friend Or A Killer?

    Gloria lives in northern Michigan on a decent but remote patch of land. 2 years ago her husband died of colon cancer and now she often feels lonely. She lost contact with her son Ethan after reacting badly on his revelation that he’s gay, something she now regrets. The zealot ladies of her church ostracised her for being the mother of a gay person. So now she’s stuck in a rut with only a pile of self-help books to keep her company. When a woman is found dead on a nearby beach, she feels a bit uncomfortable with living so far away. She puts up an advert for the apartment above her garage because money is tight. But when a younger woman asks to lease part of her field to park her trailer (sorry, tiny house), she accepts. When they find out that they’re both widows, they connect pretty well and become friends. Gloria starts thinking of Beth as the daughter she never had. The same week, she rents the apartment to Joe, a painter but Beth doesn’t seem very pleased with the new neighbour. When Gloria seems him going into the woods at night with something that looks like a rifle, she starts to worry that he could be the killer. Personally, I don’t believe those lurk in the woods at night to search for victims. But who knows? Beth tells that she’s a travel writer with an assignment to write a series of articles about the area. Gloria introduces her to Amanda, her former tenant as a source for information. Then, the young woman goes missing. But after a while, Gloria notices that some of the things that Beth tells aren’t true. The story of the friendship between the 2 women is told by Gloria alone. After every chapter, there’s another one about what happened in the past, told by Beth. She starts out as a happily married woman who just finds out about being pregnant. She’s a successful journalist and her husband is a hotshot investment banker. But things go awry. It’s clear that she’s hiding certain things about her past from Gloria, but that’s not a crime, is it? Is she feigning her friendship? Is she a killer? All those things are possibilities that are merely hinted at and never said outright. Suspicion creeps upon you, the more you learn about her past. But all those things have to be considered in the right light and with the circumstances taken into the account. Sometimes things aren’t what they appear to be and other times they are. It’s a very slow book, only in the last quarter things pick up a bit and actions start to happen. The largest part is more a feel-good story that focuses on the different sorts of family- and friendship- relations and their dynamics. The whole segment about Beth’s mum, dad, and sister is drawn out too long for a psychological thriller. It’s not a bad book, but the blurb and the classification are a bit misleading. It was not what I expected. I kept on waiting for the misleading or creepy to happen and stir up the tension, but the suspense was on a rather low level. Now the last quart of the book was great, with an emotional ending. But I guess this book wasn’t exactly my thing. I thank Bookouture and Netgalley for a free ARC; this is my honest unbiased review of it.

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