Review: The Next Widow by CJ Lyons

In the distance Leah heard sirens. She ignored them. Right now, her daughter needed her and Emily was just out of reach, curled up under the bed, her eyes closed, desperately shaking. Leah did the only thing any mother would do. She crawled through the blood to get to her daughter.

Dr Leah Wright returned to her childhood home in rural Pennsylvania with her husband to find peace and quiet, start afresh and raise her six-year-old daughter Emily. But when she gets home one dark winter night, clutching roses in her hand, she finds her daughter huddled under her bed and her husband’s blood all over the floor…

When Detective Luka Jericho is called to investigate, he’s shocked to learn that the killer left a witness behind – the victim’s young daughter. The scene is a painful reminder of his fiancé’s unsolved death, and he is desperate to find out what Emily saw that night. He knows that the killer could still be out there, waiting to strike again.

But growing up, Leah learned the hard way that the only person she could rely on was herself. And it’s not until she and Emily are attacked again that she realizes just how close the killer is. Can she trust Luka to keep her daughter safe? 


The Next Widow is the first book in the Jericho and Wright crime thriller series. Jericho is our Lead Detective whereas Wright is the doctor at the center of the criminal investigation. Her husband has been brutally murdered while at home alone with their daughter.

The story is narrated by Wright, Jericho and a few chapters have an anonymous narrator.  The first scene is dramatic and emotionally devastating and it immediately drew me to the victims of the crime. Like the police, I wanted the perpetrator behind bars as soon as possible.

I enjoyed the array of characters in this book. Loved the MC, was curious about his background and the progression of his character and new role in future books. I also liked the support characters especially from the detectives’ team. In particular, I am curious about Harper although she did infuriate me a couple of times. I think the author tackled the introduction of these characters very well.

My only issue with this book is that I was able to guess the identity of the baddie within the first chapters of the book. I don’t know if that was intentional on the part of the author but I wish it wasn’t so obvious. It stole away some of the mystery from the book. Nevertheless, I couldn’t work out the motive and so that held my attention up to the last page.

This is a promising start of what sounds like a brilliant series. I am especially intrigued by the role that Leah will play in future installments. I can’t wait for book 2 already. Fast- paced and thrilling to the last page, fans of crime thrillers should definitely not miss this one.


    1. No, not the first chapter but the first chapters, as in before the halfway mark. I didn’t know the motive though or the how so at least that kept it suspenseful.

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