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28 April 2020
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ISBN: 9781925972757
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The Wife and The Widow | Reformat

by Christian White

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction 2020

A deadly secret.
An island town.
A storm brewing.

Set against the backdrop of an island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local who is forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer.

But nothing on this island is quite as it seems. Only when these women are pushed to the edge can they uncover the whole, crashing truth about the men in their lives.

The Wife and the Widow is another mind-bending power read from Christian White. It’s a brilliant tale of deception and sacrifice from Australia’s most exciting new crime writer.

The Nowhere Child by Christian White

Praise for Christian White’s #1 Bestselling Debut,
The Nowhere Child

‘A nervy, soulful, genuinely surprising it-could-happen-to-you thriller — a book to make you peer over your shoulder for days afterwards.’ A.J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

‘Hugely entertaining … a multifaceted, unsettling debut.’ The Age

‘[White] is a born storyteller, one who seems to instinctively understand the weave off a proper yarn, and The Nowhere Child is tight, gripping and impressive in all the right places.’ The Saturday Paper

‘[White’s] control of the structure of the novel is impressive throughout … He should be emboldened to undertake that notoriously hard task: the second novel.’ The Australian

PRAISE for The Wife and the Widow

‘White is a master of the art of misdirection … he writes like a dream. The Wife and the Widow is one of the most original crime novels of the year and White is clearly a rising international star. Prepare to be dazzled.’
The Age

‘[Christian White] is the king of the twist, he’s becoming famous for it. I loved it even more than The Nowhere Child
Angela Bishop, Studio 10

‘Jaw-dropping … one of the best twists I’ve ever read.’
Michael Rowland, ABC News Breakfast

‘The Wife and the Widow is a ripping page-turner that stays with you long after you put it down.’ Domain

‘An exciting page-turning thriller with mechanisms that are all but invisible, and pace that is perfectly calibrated.’
The Australian

‘A meditation on grief and trauma as much as it is a gripping novel, The Wife and the Widow is to be especially recommended for its inventiveness and risk-taking in terms of plot. It is a risk that handsomely pays off for the attentive reader.’ Australian Book Review

‘ Given how compulsively readable The Nowhere Child was, claims that The Wife and the Widow is even better will likely be met with scepticism, but for me this is an even more accomplished follow-up. A gut-punch twist no one will see coming, a plot that hooks from the very first page, and a conclusion that will leave readers breathless. The Wife and the Widow cannot be missed.’
J.P. Pomare, author of Call Me Evie and In the Clearing

‘I read it in one sitting and didn’t get much sleep. So be warned. This book will keep you up until the very last page. And it was worth it. Thrilling, brilliant storytelling, unputdownable … Christian White has another hit on his hands’
Better Reading

‘This is a flat-out excellent second book, riveting from the start, twisted and clever.’  Readings

‘Dark, atmospheric, and full of twists and turns. 4 stars.’
Who magazine

‘The Wife and the Widow establishes [Christian White] as one of our best new talents … his trademark style and energy will be enough to keep readers up all night. 4 1/2 stars’

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About the Author

Christian White The Nowhere Child

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include feature film Relic. The Nowhere Child was his first book and one of Australia’s bestselling debut novels ever. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Clickbait, a television series Christian co-created with Tony Ayres (The Slap) is currently in production for Netflix.

Christian’s keenly awaited second book, The Wife and the Widow, was published by Affirm Press in 2019 and became an instant bestseller.

He lives in Balnarring, Victoria.