Fiona Barton


A loving husband or a heartless killer…she’d know, wouldn’t she?


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.





A NPR Best Book of 2016

One of The Wall Street Journal’s 5 “Killer Books” of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year


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

Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
Publishers Weekly , (starred review)

A gripping psychological thriller with an unusual premise – just how much does the widow of a suspected kidnapper and paedophile know about what he is alleged to have done? The police want to know and so do the press. Everyone is after the ultimate scoop – an interview and an insight not only into her life but also her head.

C.L. Taylor, No. 2 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape
C.L. Taylor , No. 2 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape

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.

Lisa Gardner, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfect Husband
Lisa Gardner , New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfect Husband

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.

M.J. Aldridge, author of Richard and Judy pick Eeny Meeny
M.J. Aldridge , author of Richard and Judy pick Eeny Meeny

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
Stephen King


Psychological Suspense / Crime

UK Publication

Penguin Random House/Transworld, January 2016

US Publication

Penguin Random House/NAL, February 2016

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