A highly superior slice of domestic noir
If you wanted a masterclass on how to pace a narrative of suspense, this would be it. Thrilling, heartbreaking, unputdownable.
Christobel Kent's subtly satisfying novel illustrates how easy it is for people to talk themselves into an abusive relationship; that it doesn't seem likely is precisely what allows it to be overlooked.
The Widower seethes with atmosphere - I read the first half slowly, almost unable to bear the thrumming tension, and the second half at full pelt. Haunting and heart-wrenching, this book is reminiscent of Daphne Du Maurier
Christobel Kent returns to the eerie, estuarine turf she trod so mesmerisingly in her Sunday Times best seller, The Crooked House ... There are echoes of du Maurier's Manderley in the brooding house, dead wife and ratcheting-up of tension.
A creepy, slow-burning novel in which tension can change in just seconds.