Book Review: The Other Widow by Susan H. Crawford

Blurb (from goodreads)

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.

Book Review (no spoilers)


The other widow by Susan Crawford is narrated through three perspectives by the three main characters. Karen is the wife, Dorris is the mistress and Maggie is the insurance investigator. The story starts on a fast pace with Joe’s death right at the beginning. It is immediately clear that foul play was involved. The three women are then left behind trying to figure out exactly what happened to Joe.

What I liked…

There are number of eerie occurrences that follow Joe’s  death. Through the occurrences, readers start trying to guess who the killer was and what the motive really was. There are also a number of suspects who come up as the story progresses. It took me a while before figuring out what happened and finally getting to know who the killer was. However, the twists do not end with that reveal.

The mystery and the fact that Crawford keeps readers guessing is what I liked about the book. This kept me turning pages to the end. There are layers of deception that are revealed throughout the book adding to its suspense.

What I didn’t like…


I wanted to love this book but I really didn’t. The Other Widow by Susan Crawford had all the makings of a good psychological thrillers but I felt as if something was missing for me. I didn’t really like any of the characters (maybe Maggie a little bit) and couldn’t connect with them. I also didn’t like the ending.

Finally …

So despite not liking the characters or the ending, I still think the writing was good and the story was okay. I rate this one at 3/5 and recommend The Other Widow by Susan H. Crawford to fans of thrillers/mystery novels.

About the book

Hardcover, 352 pages

Published April 26th 2016 by William Morrow (first published January 26th 2016)

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