BOOKISH FRIDAY: “THE OTHER WIDOW”

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Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today I am excited about one of my new downloads:  The Other Widow, by Susan Crawford.  The author of The Pocket Wife explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity in this sizzling novel of psychological suspense.

 

 

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Beginning:  (Dorrie)

The Audi skids on a slick street.  Black ice.  Dorrie bends to sip hot chocolate from a Starbucks cup.  Too hot, it burns her tongue, and she jerks the cup back, sloshing several drops across her coat.  “Sorry!”  She feels around his seat, wipes the spilled drink with her sleeve, glancing at Joe with his hands tight around the steering wheel.  He looks angry, his jaw rigid in the disjointed, nearly absent light, the scraps from the streetlights hazy and distorted as snow starts to fall sideways on the wind.

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56:  She misses him a hundred times a day, laments the shocking death—the snow, that fucking ice.  Cruel of him, she thinks, to die the way he did, with another woman there beside him in the car.

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Synopsis:  Everybody’s luck runs out. This time it could be theirs . . .

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 Brennan 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.

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Ooh, I can’t wait to read this one!  What do you think?  Does it grab you?

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