Fiona Barton’s much anticipated debut THE WIDOW is published by Transworld in hardback today. It has already been sold in 28 territories, and is set to be the next THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.


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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.


UK and US Book Trailers:

Click here to see the UK trailer for THE WIDOW

Click here to see the US trailer and read an excerpt from THE WIDOW on Enterntainment Weekly



‘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. Fiona Barton is a major new talent.’ M.J. Aldridge

‘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. The ending totally blew me away!’ Lisa Gardner

‘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?’ C.L. Taylor

‘A fast-paced, heart-stopping debut. Jean Taylor – the widow – is heroine and anti-heroine, naïve and savvy, dominated and dominating; in short, utterly compelling […] I raced through this in one nail-biting sitting.’ Catherine McKenzie

“A twisty psychological suspense that held me spellbound. Fiona Barton delves into the darkest reaches of the husband and wife relationship and the secrets they keep […] Fiona Barton’s skill as a journalist is on full, brilliant display in THE WIDOW.” Linda Castillo

‘The big thriller of the year’ STYLIST

‘Gritty, emotional and so believable’ ESSENTIALS

‘A book you’ll drop everything to whip through’ GLAMOUR

‘An unsettling, compulsive tale’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

‘Feted as this year’s The Girl on the Train’ OBSERVER

‘A skilful, tautly written thriller’ RED

‘The Widow is generating a huge buzz’ SUNDAY MAIL

‘Complex, intriguing… A real page-turner’ WOMAN&HOME

‘Barton tells her tale with a realism and restraint that add to its shattering impact’ Starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘Fast paced, gripping and dark – this is one book that is destined to be HUGE next year’ GLAMOUR MAGAZINE


Now run out and get your copy, or buy your copy here if you’re too cold to venture outside!