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The Widow's Watcher

Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Summary

From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…

Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.

Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.

But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?

©2018 Eliza Maxwell (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Mum moment of peace

Got it on audio book, had a few late night's listening to it, was extremely seductive to listen to the more you got into the storyline and characters.

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  • SWEDES
  • 27-08-18

Speechless

This was my first time listening the one of the authors 📚. I was so pulled to the narrator 's excellent voice of each person in the book! Between her and this story I fought with myself to stop listening at that time. OMG.. I was drawn so deep into the story! I was drawn in deeper and deeper as the story unfolded. Not thinking that it would pull me deeper, but it did!!
This book was excellent!
The Author is captivating! Fantastic AUTHOR!!!

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  • AudaciousMe
  • 31-05-18

This is my favorite domestic thriller 2018

I literally listened to this story all day. I've been blessed with a few exceptional "reads" this year. Psychological thriller, not horror. Woman loses entire family in plane crash and takes their ashes and intends to die with them. She is saved by an older, grumpy man with a painful mystery in his past; and a cast of characters so real, I forgot they were fiction. The best "trinket" is the women (main character) sometimes hears her teenage daughter talking to her;.No paranormal elements. I can't say anything else without giving story elements away. 5/5 stars!

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  • Angela b
  • 17-07-18

Riveting!

I found this story painful then healing which I am so grateful for.
It made me face my own sorrow and loss. A fascinating mystery
Taking unsuspecting turns reminding us to appreciate what we have every day and not assume what appears is always what it seems.
It teaches that we are stronger than we know.......have faith.

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  • Sheila Ali
  • 06-07-19

A total 5 star audiobook

This was my first book by the author and I absolutely loved it. I have listened to many books narrated by Angela Dawe and I have to say this was her best. The author and narrator complemented each other. I agree with the reviewer before mine that the story kept drawing me deeper and deeper and I could not put it down until the end.

This is now in my favorite books list. I know I will listen to it again and again.

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  • dtamayob
  • 31-03-19

I don't understand all the high ratings

I kept waiting for a mystery or something to emerge to make me care about what was going on. It seriously takes until at least Chapter 20 for this book to turn into something even mildly interesting, because until then it's just us (the readers) following around a suicidal and barely communicative Jenna as she grieves for her husband and children. And oh what fun, she's also got a once precocious and now sarcastic teenage daughter scolding her in her head. Add to that the utter joy of Jenna being trapped in a crappy little "town" in Minnesota with a 70-something cranky old man who's also dealing with a lot of tragedy and loss. How is this a recipe for success?

This book has such high ratings, and even after reading through the reviews here in Goodreads, I can't figure out why! I feel like everyone else read a different book than I did, one that was interesting, with great characters, and a rich story. I didn't get any of that out of The Widow's Watcher.

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  • Danny S
  • 20-01-20

Worth your time

The book was slow going at first but I’m happy I continued listening. The narrator does a wonderful job projecting the emotions of many people in the story. Heart wrenching at times but satisfying in the end. I really like this author.

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  • blackdog
  • 25-10-19

So good!

This book truly gripped me. I became so involved with the main characters; the book just flowed. This author is new to me, but I will now be investigating her other books. Superb narration, too.

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  • Joann P. Marks
  • 11-05-19

A Story Well Told

This was a touching story if grief, forgiveness, hope, and love...of a kind. Very well preformed also.

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  • Ginger
  • 01-04-19

Sad, but heartfelt

Lars Jorgensen carry’s an old pain he has never found away to heal, there is no closer, no answers only questions that have not been answered, they are hidden away in his wife’s mind.
Jenna Shaw also knows pain and loss and decides to find a place to end it. Upon seeing Jenna’s destination Lars stops her. There story is poignant, with lies, deception, but gratifying, with them both finding a way to heal, and has an elating ending.
Angela Dawe did an excellent job narrating.

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  • Denise Evers
  • 13-03-19

What a beautiful story, well told, and with so much feeling

This was a beautiful sad, endearing powerful story, it left be in thought, and so much feeling, well done.