May 18 2018

Review for The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review for The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza MaxwellThe Widow's Watcher by Eliza Maxwell
Published by Lake Union Publishing on May 29th 2018
Genres: Adult, Women’s Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 283
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…

Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.

Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.

But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?




The Widow’s Watcher is a mystery thriller and a good one too. It shows us the story of a grieving mother and the lengths she will go to quiet the pain. Destiny has a way of getting in her way though.

Jenna’s husband and children were killer in a plane crash, a plane she herself should have been on with them. She decided not to go with them, but to stay and work instead. Her palpable guilt and pain tore my heart to pieces. It’s a pain that I hope I will never have to go through myself, our children are supposed to out live us. I saw what it did to my brother and who’s wife, it broke my heart… Jenna has drove around aimlessly, and believes she has finally found her final resting place, a place to quite the voices in her head. A beautiful lake hidden in the woods but fate stepped in, and a mystery man saves her. She was not happy abou it either.

The mystery man is Lars Jorgensen, he is a grumpy recluse, but he know pain and he and Jenna go round and round, but they share something even if they can’t see it. Lars has a soft side in him when it came to his ever sassy granddaughter, she’s a handful for sure. But she sure loved her grandpa. After learning about their family and what happened with his wife and children, I just fell in love with the man. He really a good man, and I have to say, I didn’t mind his grumpiness at all.

The other thing I enjoyed about this was the plot. Two very unlikely people lives being entertained together. Jenna’s journalism background is what Lars has learned about after she comes into his life and he believes she can possibly help him find some peace, that is if Jenna can stop being so bitter with him about saving her. There are a few more characters, but I am so afraid to take away from someone’s reading of this, but I have to mention that I adored them so much too. The parts they played were so important ad they played them well. It was such a great cast of characters!

While this was such a heartbreaking read in so places while reading it, it also had this message of hope that shone through that warmed my heart. (Have some tissue hadn’t) This is on author I will be looking for more from most certainly.





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12 Responses to “Review for The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell”

  1. Cindy

    It sounds intense in a very god way and heartbreaking too. I am very intrigued by your review. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review.

  2. verushka

    Very intriguing book and mysterious book review because you’re trying not to give too much away. Colour me soooo curious!

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