Widow's Island - L.A. Larkin

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Someone knows your secret. And they’re coming to find you…

Stephanie Miller is an average working mom. She isn’t perfect, but when her war hero husband dies and her work as a scientist puts her in news headlines, her past laid bare for all to see, she’s determined to make a new life for herself and teenage daughter, Amy. But she fears it’s only a matter of time before the biggest mistake of her life is revealed.

As Stephanie and Amy take refuge on a remote island in Washington, it feels like they’re learning how to live again. But then they come home to graffiti on their garage door, there’s no escaping the hate online, and Stephanie is sure someone is watching from the shadows outside their house.

When someone close to Stephanie is murdered in cold blood, she knows her worst fears have come true. Someone knows the truth. And she must become the fighter her husband always knew her to be if she is to protect her daughter, and everything left in the world that she loves.

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

not my cup of tea:
2/5
I am honestly not sure how I made it through Widow’s Island; I wanted to give up so many times, but I kept hoping things would get better. But, unfortunately, they never did.

There were so many unnecessary things added to the story to make it seem thrilling and keep you guessing, but they just made the story boring. With a dead war veteran husband, a political climate change bill, online trolls, and a creepy island that isn’t welcoming to newcomers, this story felt like it was trying too hard. Also, strange POV chapters from the killer felt clichéd and unnecessary and didn’t hit the creepy stalker vibe that I think L.A. Larkin was trying to achieve.

On top of everything, the protagonist, Stephanie, was nails-on-a-chalkboard level of annoying. Whiny and pathetic, she stumbled from one page to the next with no backbone. She’s supposed to be this impressive scientist and professor, but she came off as ignorant and naive. And the ‘secret’ she’s been hiding from her daughter since her husband died was so dull it made perfect sense – Stephanie is such a tedious character, of course, her ‘deep, dark secret‘ would be pointless.

There are so many good thrillers out there, this does not rate highly on that list.

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