‘The Other Widow’ by Susan H. Crawford

tow-shcSTORY: 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 Devlin 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.

REVIEW: Dorrie is meeting Joe Lindsey and the weather in Boston is quite bad. They are driving along as he tells her they must stop seeing one another and their affair must end. He starts to tell her his is afraid of something when the car skis and slams into a tree. Dorrie is alive but Joe has died. She has to get out so no one will know they were together. He wouldn’t want his wife, Karen, and their two sons to know he had been having an affair with Dorrie. As she flees the wreckage, she sees a car coming right at her.

Karen Lindsey works at a bookshop with her good friend, Alice, and they have just had dinner together. She thinks Joe is out of town, but when she gets home, the phone is ringing with bad news.

Dorrie had worked with Joe at his home renovation business. She is married to Samuel and the mother of a teenage daughter, Lily. Due to his drinking, Dorrie and Samuel have not had a good marriage for the last few years.

After the funeral, it is found that a million dollar insurance policy was taken out on Joe not long before he died. Thus, Maggie Brennan, who works for the insurance company, is tasked to look into the claim to see if Joe’s death could possibly have been suicide.

We learn more about the characters and see their lives intertwine. What was Joe afraid of that he was mentioning just before he died? Are there extenuating circumstances surrounding Joe’s accident?

I found this to be a very well written mystery that knitted together very well. It’s a tale that keeps the reader’s interest too. I highly recommend it.

Connie for b2b

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