In 1924 in Kinship, Ohio a horrible mine accident has taken the life of two men. Now six months later things are still not right in Kinship. Sheriff Daniel Ross has left to transport a prisoner. His wife Lily, who is pregnant with their third child, learns that her husband was murdered on the trip. She vows that she will find out what happened and make someone pay.
Marvena’s daughter is missing and her brother Tom is in jail. She wants answers from Daniel, his childhood sweetheart, and goes to his house to ask him what’s going on. She goes right away Lily learns he was killed. Lily and Marvena decide to team up to try and figure out what has happened and to also try and make better conditions for the miners.
As they investigate they find things are not what they seem. They soon learn that her daughter’s disappearance and the murder may have more in common then they thought and a surprise murder. And as the book ends Lily gets a surprise job that is sure to cause issues.
This story is based on real life events in Ohio. The two women are strong female characters that drive the story and keep the reader engaged throughout the story. This is the debut novel by author Jess Montgomery and it is stellar. If she keeps writing like this she will be a force to reckon with.
You can pick up the paperback version of The Widows in stores on Tuesday, January 7th from Minotaur.
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