BOOK REVIEW: The Widow
by Kaira Rouda
ABOUT THE BOOKS (from Amazon):
A husband with secrets. A wife with no limits. A riveting novel of marriage, privilege, and lies by Kaira Rouda, the USA Today bestselling author of The Next Wife.
Jody Asher had a plan. Her charismatic husband, Martin, would be a political icon. She, the charming wife, would fuel his success. For fifteen congressional terms, they were the golden couple on the Hill. Life was good. Until he wasn’t.
Martin’s secret affair with a young staffer doesn’t bother Jody personally. But professionally? It’s a legacy killer. Soon a reporter gets word of this scandal in the making, and Martin’s indiscretions threaten to ruin everything Jody has accomplished.
When Martin suddenly dies, it’s a chance to change the narrative—but the reporter won’t let go of his lead. As the balance of power shifts in the Asher house and on the Hill, it’s time for Jody to take control. And there’s nothing the ruthless widow won’t do to secure the future she’s entitled to. Even if she has a secret of her own.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. I don’t know if that was because I’m not really into politics, although the book really isn’t about politics. It’s centered around the wife of a political figure, but it’s more about her and the behind the scenes of the political world (think House of Cards).
My apathy towards the book may have been more because the tone was very much like the main character, Jody, who is a sociopath. We don’t really get attached to any characters in the story. There’s nothing that really makes you feel connected with anyone or anything that’s going on.
The story itself is interesting enough, but I just felt bored with it after Martin died and it didn’t seem like it was really going anywhere interesting. If you liked House of Cards, you may enjoy this; it just wasn’t for me.