The Widow by Carla Neggers


 The Widow     The Widow  by Carla Neggers

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Mira; Reprint edition (November 20, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0778325164 ISBN-13: 978-0778325161

Four days after Abigail Browning’s wedding, her life changed unimaginably: her husband was fatally shot along the rocky Mount Desert Island coast. Was it a random act of violence, or could someone have wanted Christopher dead? That’s the question that has haunted Abigail, now a homicide detective, for the past seven years. Determined to find her husband’s killer, she returns to the foggy Maine island after receiving an anonymous tip. Is it just another false lead, or can she finally prove that Chris was murdered?

Owen Garrison, the search-and-rescue worker who located Chris too late to save him, still carries guilt from that fateful night. As he helps Abigail unravel the mystery, they learn that the layers of deceit and lies are even thicker than they could have imagined. Now it’s up to Abigail and Owen to keep pushing for the truth—and stop a killer from striking again…









































14-Apr-08 to 17-Apr-08

Review: Good – but she’s done better.

Not too sure what to tell you… Right in the first chapter you meet Abigail and find out what happened in the past and how she feels 7 years later. I found her to be a strong woman who has in a sense let go of the past – but not all of it. Yes, she’s accepted that Chris is gone, but she still harbors the feeling that had they done things differently, Chris would still be alive. Truthfully, she hasn’t really let go. She wants to find who killed him, and she’s tenacious, but any homicide cop would be.

The synopsis puts Owen as a huge character in Abigail’s life. While he seems larger than life, and I felt somewhat of a connection between the two, it missed that ‘sizzle’ I’m used to reading with the author’s work. I didn’t find Owen as big a help to Abigail as he’s portrayed to be.

Several characters that you get to know, and even though you know the obvious choice in bad guys is usually wrong, I became suspicious of a certain character and had every reason to be.

One major plot, a few smaller ones, and none of them were completely surprising, which, again, I missed from the author’s usual work.

What truly bugged me, though, was Abigail’s attitude. Yes, she is now a homicide cop, and cops ‘don’t do emotions’, but I found that Abigail lacked. I mean several times she’s goaded, and all she did was grin and bear it. I get the sense that she does that because those goading her are/were her husband’s best friends, but she never yelled, never showed her frustration. I’m used to reading a frustrated and upset cop going to either the shooting range or the gym to take out her frustration. She attacks a wall with a sledgehammer. Although there’s a reason for that, I still didn’t feel enough emotion from the main character, and it left me feeling disconnected from the story.

The ending was rushed, and I didn’t like that you don’t get complete answers, just speculation. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t her greatest work.

Rating: .5

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 9:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

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