I am delighted to share my review for The Widow by Will Patching with you today on Blog Tour
A brutally murdered husband. An abused wife who wanted him gone for good… Did the wealthy widow arrange his death—and can a disgraced detective discover the truth?”Your husband is dead.”
Lorraine Rowe receives the news from an anonymous killer threatening her too—unless she pays an inflated fee for her estranged partner’s murder. Overwhelmed by fear and indecision, Lorraine struggles to survive as her carefully constructed life of lies begins to unravel.
Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding is fighting for her future after allowing her violent temper to jeopardise her career. Is it karma that dumps a man’s badly tortured corpse on her doorstep—or something more sinister? And will the ensuing investigation enable Fiona to redeem herself?
Both women have lived through traumatic events and have much in common, but when the truth-seeker meets the accomplished dissembler, events spiral inexorably towards a deadly climax.
This hard-hitting, twisted thriller weaves deception, misdirection and psychological torment into a page-turning tale of murder and mayhem that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Not for the faint of heart…
The Widow is the first standalone novel in a loosely linked series inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins.
Deadly Inspirations – Book one ‘GREED’
A British Police Thriller featuring Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding. If you like complex plots, strong female characters, and high-stakes murder mysteries with plenty of suspense, you’ll love Will Patching’s latest gripping novel.
First of all I have to say that at the start of the book the author gives a few words of warning saying that if you are offended by swearing and disturbing imagery then this book isn’t for you, which made me giggle. Thinking fair play to Will for stating that at the start. But holy freaking hell he wasn’t joking either. This book is so graphic there where moments when I felt like I was in an operating theatre. I do love dark and gruesome and this story is just that. With some proper cringe moments where I had to look away!
This is the first book that I have read by the author and certainly wont be my last. When we follow a story set around three women Fifi, Lorraine and Annemarie Lorraine receives threat from her husbands killer, Detective Fifi is on this the case and finds herself having to deal with her past. (this is where we get to know her)Then has the story unravels we meet journalist Annemarie. who will do anything to get a story. Three different characters each bringing something different to the story. And of course there is the bad guys. This wouldn’t the thriller it is without them!
I must admit that I did find some parts of the story over described. But once I settled into the story I found this a nail biting gritty read. Especially with it having the Grit lit element throughout the story.
This is the first book in what I believe is going to be a brilliant series. Which I highly recommend for fans old and new.
Thank you to Sarah Hardy for a copy and for the blog tour invite.
About the Author
Will Patching was born and raised in ‘Sarf Lunnon’, Engerland, or at least, that’s how he pronounces it! Hence, many scenes from his novels are situated in London, the surrounding suburbs and other parts of southeast England, though they also span as far afield as Thailand and the USA.
His approach to writing is to hit the reader with hard truths about the world we live in, and his mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels are designed to get your pulse pounding. One male reader decided he needed to check his door locks late one night while reading Remorseless and subsequently commented on social media:
Will’s eclectic professional experience – from his teenage role as a ‘gardener’ weeding sewage treatment filter beds, through flying a Hawk jet very fast, very low and very dangerously before the RAF realised and booted him out, then attending Harvard on a course for potential CEOs, largely thanks to the Peter Principle of promotion, and more recently, to building his dream, a charter yacht that sank in SE Asian waters – all have led to a rich and varied life, often reflected in his writing.
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