Brilliant and Beguiling: Read an Extract from Christian White’s, The Wife and the Widow

Brilliant and Beguiling: Read an Extract from Christian White’s, The Wife and the Widow

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The Wife and the Widow opens with Kate and her daughter Mia waiting at the airport for her husband John, Mia’s father, to arrive from Singapore. John has been at a conference in London for two weeks and they’ve decided to surprise him and pick him up from the airport. But he doesn’t arrive. In fact, he didn’t even go to London. Instead, he’d gone to Belport Island, the last place Kate would ever have expected him to return to. And as the ensuing days unfold, Kate unravels her husband’s final two weeks, leaving us glued to this exceptional thriller.

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, the setting plays a vital role in the novel. Belport Island is a fictional island located in the Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria. White paints a vivid and oppressive picture of winter island life that sets the tone for this tale of murder and secrets.

The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, now a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.

Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and the Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love? Both Kate and Abby are excellent characters who have strong character arcs, both starting from a point of weakness with their men, but quickly showing resilience, intelligence and strength. The secondary characters are all well drawn and I particularly liked John’s father, Fisher as his character developed.

This is the second standalone thriller from the award-winning author of The Nowhere Child, White’s bestselling debut, and the winner of the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The Wife and the Widow firmly cements his reputation as one of Australia’s best crime/thriller writers. White’s writing is polished, his dialogue sings, his plotting is masterful… and takes a turn in this book that you will never expect. Seriously, never.

I read it in one sitting and didn’t get much sleep. So be warned. This book will keep you up until the very last page. And it was worth it. Thrilling, brilliant storytelling, unputdownable… Christian White has another hit on his hands.

Buy a copy of The Wife and the Widow here.

About the author:

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include feature film RelicThe Nowhere Child is his first book and one of Australia’s bestselling debut novels ever. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Since publication The Nowhere Child has been shortlisted for major awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Indie Book Awards’ Debut Fiction Book of the Year. Rights to The Nowhere Child have been sold in 16 territories around the world, and were acquired in a major screen deal by Anonymous Content (US) and Carver Films (Australia). Christian’s keenly awaited second book, The Wife and the Widow will be published in Australia by Affirm Press in October, 2019.

Christian lives in Melbourne with his wife, filmmaker Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy.

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        Synopsis

        Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and the Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

        Publisher details

        The Nowhere Child
        Author
        Christian White
        Publisher
        Affirm Press
        Genres
        Crime Fiction, Fiction
        Released
        26 June, 2018

        Synopsis

        'Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.' On a break between teaching photography classes, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl. At first she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family background in Australia, questions arise that aren't easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy's home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past.As the mystery unravels and the town's secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards a tense, terrifying and entirely unexpected climax. Inspired by Gillian Flynn's frenetic suspense and Stephen King's masterful world-building, The Nowhere Child is a combustible tale of trauma, cult, conspiracy and memory. It is the remarkable debut of Christian White, an exhilarating new Australian talent who is attracting worldwide attention.
        Christian White
        About the author

        Christian White

        Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. He co-created the television series Carnivores, currently in development with Matchbox Pictures and Heyday TV, and co-wrote Relic, a psychological horror feature film to be produced by Carver Films (The Snowtown Murders, Partisan).Born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, Christian had an eclectic range of ‘day jobs’ before he was able to write full-time, including food-cart driver on a golf course and video editor for an adult film company. He now spends his days writing from his home in Melbourne where he lives with his wife, the filmmaker Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy. He has a passion for true crime podcasts, Stephen King and anything to do with Bigfoot. The Nowhere Child is his first book. Christian’s currently working on his second novel, due for publication by Affirm Press in 2019.

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        1. Gina says:

          Awesome I’ve just started reading it and so far haven’t put down
          Great review can’t wait to get into it !