Review: The Widows of Braxton County: A Novel by Jess McConkey


A William Morrow Paperback Original 

In the vein of Jennifer McMahon‘s Promise Not to Tell comes a haunting story about family secrets and how well we really know the people we love. 

Kate is ready to put her nomadic, city-dwelling past behind her when she marries Joseph Krause and moves with him to the Iowa farm that has been in his family for more than 140 years. But life on the farm isn’t quite as idyllic as she’d hoped. It’s filled with chores, judgmental neighbors and her mother-in-law who-unbeknownst to Kate until after the wedding-will be living with them.

As Kate struggles to find her place in in the small farming community, she begins to realize that her husband and his family are not who she thought they were. According to town gossip, the Krause family harbors a long-kept secret about a mysterious death that haunts Kate as a dangerous, unexplainable chain of events begins.

Jess McConkey aka Shirley Damsgaard is an award-winning writer of short fiction, the Abby and Ophelia series, and Love Lies Bleeding. She lives in a small Iowa town, where she served as postmaster for more than twenty years.

My Review

Before you even open the book, the cover of THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY by Jess McConkey will leave you with an ominous feeling. I felt the picture was a perfect setting for the story to come. You could feel the secrets emanating from the pages. THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY is an impressive who-dun-it book that left me bleary-eyed one night determined to finish the book.

In a book where history seems to be repeating itself a hundred years later, Katie seems determined to break the cycle of abuse and murder, and in the name of justice, discover the truth about a murder.

As the saying goes, “The sins of the father…” Jacob and Hannah’s history seems to be a bad omen for their ancestors. All of the Krause brothers seem to be dying, generation by generation until the last of the sons is gone. Can history be re-written? You will be kept guessing until the very end of this multi-generation novel.

I am giving THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY five stars. It was well written, the characters were intriguing and the story-line kept me in suspense until the end. I would definitely recommend the book to all suspense lovers.

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