by Kaira Rouda
I just finished reading “The Widow”, by Kaira Rouda. Thank you to Thomas and Mercer and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy in return for this review.
I would call this a domestic or political thriller. It deals with lies and manipulations of Washington politics. A power couple of a congressman and his ambitious wife and all the dealings they do to hold on to power. Ultimately all the characters in this book (except the daughter Charlotte) come across as self-serving and immoral, but that is the point of the book…to point out the dealings and secrets and exposures that often go on in political arenas. I have to admit, I often thought of the show “Scandal” as I was reading and how similar it was to the story in this book.
The main character “Jody” is a political wife who does everything she can to retain her position in Washington. She enjoys the prestige that her title affords. When her husband suddenly dies (is he poisoned…that was never answered) she steps into the role as his “widow’ and learns to play the game…and after some mishaps…end up playing it very well.
She is not perfect, but worthy of some admiration for finding a way to survive in the hostile world of politics.
This is a good book, easy to read and full of saucy incidents and enough intrigue to keep the reader interested. The big reveal at the end was unecessary, in my opinion..it did nothing to make me like the book more.
I enjoy reading books by this author, and her latest I am sure will be enjoyed by many readers like me.
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