The Widowmaker


Author: Hannah Morrissey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date Published: December 6, 2022

I loved Hannah Morrissey’s first book, Hello, Transcriber. So, in a similar vein, The Widowmaker calls upon the author’s experience, bringing a great deal of background knowledge to the story. The Widowmaker follows two seemingly unrelated cases: a cold case going back at least 20 years in which a wealthy man goes missing, and a current day case when a cop is gunned down in cold blood.

The story meandered a bit, alluding to burned down structures, a charred key, and a dark past, so it took me a while to understand what was going on. But as you get to know the characters, you start to feel for the main character, Morgan Mori, and what she has gone through in her life. After she gets tangled up in not one, but two crimes, she becomes the pivotal chess piece. But not everyone has her best interests.

This is a story that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.

Background image thanks to @LGNWVR on Unsplash.

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced reader’s copy.


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