Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE WIDOW by Will Patching
A brutally murdered husband. An abused wife who wanted him gone for good… Did the wealthy widow arrange his death—and can a disgraced detective discover the truth?
“Your husband is dead.”
Lorraine Rowe receives the news from an anonymous killer threatening her too—unless she pays an inflated fee for her estranged partner’s murder. Overwhelmed by fear and indecision, Lorraine struggles to survive as her carefully constructed life of lies begins to unravel.
Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding is fighting for her future after allowing her violent temper to jeopardise her career. Is it karma that dumps a man’s badly tortured corpse on her doorstep—or something more sinister? And will the ensuing investigation enable Fiona to redeem herself?
Both women have lived through traumatic events and have much in common, but when the truth-seeker meets the accomplished dissembler, events spiral inexorably towards a deadly climax.
This hard-hitting, twisted thriller weaves deception, misdirection, and psychological torment into a page-turning tale of murder and mayhem that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Not for the faint of heart…
The Widow is the first standalone novel in a loosely linked series inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins.
Deadly Inspirations – Book one ‘GREED’
A British Police Thriller featuring Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding. If you like complex plots, strong female characters, and high-stakes murder mysteries with plenty of suspense, you’ll love Will Patching’s latest gripping novel.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh boy, my skin just tingled from picking up my kindle to read this book. I had already met DS Fiona Fifi Fielding in my favourite series for last year, The Remorseless Trilogy. But be warned, Will Patching will set your imagination on fire, as he introduces you to some of the most wickedly violent criminals that you would care never to meet. The thing is the most of it he leaves to you to fill in, so you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink, sort of thing. Make what you read into as much as you want, it is really up to you.
The story centres around some pretty hardened criminals who have fallen foul of someone even more ruthless than they are. Now I have a pretty vivid imagination that runs wild at times so believe me the horse I mentioned is pretty well bloated with gruesome images.
The core of the story centres around three very strong women that would stay well clear of each other normally but they all have a common goal.
Fiona is after who is behind the brutal killing of a known criminal.
Lorraine Rowe is the former live-in partner of the victim that has been murdered and is being blackmailed by the killer.
Finally, Annemarie is a Reporter determined to get the inside scoop on the whole story.
What follows is an edge of your seat full-on tense and unforgettable racey read. Loved being with Fiona on her own personal internal battle, as my frustrations grew along with hers. Very powerful stuff.
Magnus, a real badass criminal, was one of my favourite characters, I know, I know, but now and again you just have to love the bad guy. Definitely someone I would want on my side. The story has so many characters, all very memorable and so many avenues to go down, PTSD, the Mafia and what is really important in life.
A standalone novel but one of many such books I hope. Highly recommended!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Will Patching was born and raised in ‘Sarf Lunnon’, Engerland, or at least, that’s how he pronounces it! Hence, many scenes from his novels are situated in London, the surrounding suburbs and other parts of southeast England, though they also span as far afield as Thailand and the USA.
His approach to writing is to hit the reader with hard truths about the world we live in, and his mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels are designed to get your pulse pounding. One male reader decided he needed to check his door locks late one night while reading Remorseless and subsequently commented on social media:
Will’s eclectic professional experience – from his teenage role as a ‘gardener’ weeding sewage treatment filter beds, through flying a Hawk jet very fast, very low and very dangerously before the RAF realised and booted him out, then attending Harvard on a course for potential CEOs, largely thanks to the Peter Principle of promotion, and more recently, to building his dream, a charter yacht that sank in SE Asian waters – all have led to a rich and varied life, often reflected in his writing.