The lowdown from Goodreads
Published June 1, 2017
Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.
For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.
Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…
Oh, y’all. I’ve heard so many good things about this book & I have to add to the glowing reviews here. I was Really Into The Good Widow.
First off, I am always amazed when two authors are able to pull off such a fluid, yet dynamic read, but Lisa & Liz are so good at what they do. Okay, so we know that Jacks gets word that her husband died in Hawaii, while he was traveling with another woman. Talk about a shock & a huge slap in the face. I mean, can you imagine the emotions? I would be furious, disappointed, mad as hell, devastated & at a standstill as to what to do next.
So, when Nick shows up at Jack’s place & says, ‘Let’s go to Hawaii and get closure’ the reader cannot blame her for going. I was all for her going to Hawaii & trying to get to the bottom of this story. It takes a strong woman to do what she did & Jacks definitely earned my respect. This was kind of a crazy scenario, but the way Liz & Lisa offered it to the readers, I bought it hands down. I think I would have done the same thing.
In Hawaii, she & Nick start to piece the story together about what happened & how they each wound up alone & jilted. This is where Lisa & Liz do their magic because I fell head first into this story & didn’t come up for air until the very last page. Weeks later, I still think about this enjoyable, smart & satisfying thriller.
Liz and Lisa have been best friends for 30 years. They created this website to celebrate books women (and men!) love and to have a place to talk shit about reality TV stars. They have also published three women’s fiction novels with Simon & Schuster/Atria Books. Your Perfect Life is a hilarious and heartwarming story of two childhood best friends who switch bodies at their twenty-year high school reunion. The Status of All Things, is a cautionary tale of a woman who realizes she can change the course of her entire life by what she writes in her Facebook status. And The Year We Turned Forty follows three women who get the chance to relive the year they turned forty, a year they each made decisions that altered the course of their lives.