by Randy Susan Meyers
Publisher: Atria Books
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Goodreads: What’s real in a marriage built on sand and how do you abandon a man you’ve loved since the age of fifteen?
Phoebe sees the fire in Jake Pierce’s belly from the moment they meet as teenagers in Brooklyn. Eventually he creates a financial dynasty and she trusts him without hesitation—unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception.
When Phoebe learns—along with the rest of the world—that her husband’s triumphs are the result of an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. Lies underpin her life and marriage. As Jake’s crime is uncovered, the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Did she partner with her husband in hustling billions from pensioners, charities, and CEOs? Was she his accomplice in stealing from their family and neighbors?
Debate rages as to whether love and loyalty blinded her to his crimes or if she chose to live in denial. While Jake is trapped in the web of his own deceit, Phoebe is faced with an unbearable choice. Her children refuse to see her if she remains at their father’s side, but abandoning Jake, a man she’s known since childhood, feels cruel and impossible.
From Brooklyn to Greenwich to Manhattan, from penthouse to prison, with tragic consequences rippling well beyond Wall Street, The Widow of Wall Street exposes a woman struggling to redefine her life and marriage as everything she thought she knew crumbles around her.
Kritters Thoughts: Like many readers, I love a good story about a marriage from the dating years to young family to the older years. I loved how this story started with present day and the situation they are in and then right from there you go back to their first years together and you see it build.
I am a Randy Susan Meyers fan, so when I heard this book was coming out I was on board from the beginning. I know there have been a few books that take the ponzi scheme plot point and hear from the wife's perspective, but I am fine with reading it again! I haven't read them all, but this one seemed more than the two that I have read because it was honestly about the building and then crumbling of a marriage.
The one thing that I just didn't love about this one was the chapters from Jake's perspective. Don't get me wrong I LOVE a dual narrative where you get multiple points of view, but for some reason I just didn't care to hear the story from his view point. I cared about him as a character in relation to Phoebe, but hearing his side of the story was just ehh ok.
After reading this book I definitely want to push the two books in Meyers backlist up my TBR pile, it reminded me how much I love she builds a story with fantastic characters.
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel
Ebook 2017 Challenge: 8 out of 50
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.