Widows by Lynda La Plante | Book Review

Widows by Lynda La Plante | Book Review

Title: Widows

Author: Lynda La Plante

Publisher: Zaffre

Published Date: June 5th, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Adult Fiction

Source: BookishFirst

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

Before PRIME SUSPECT there was WIDOWS . . . Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Pirelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband Harry’s bank deposit box, containing a gun, money – and detailed plans for the hijack – she realises that she only has three options: 1. Give up and forget she ever found them; 2. Hand over Harry’s ledgers to the police, or to the thugs that have been hassling her for information they think she has; 3. She and the other widows could carry out the robbery themselves Novices in the craft of crime, the three women make their preparations. Along the way they discover that Harry’s plan required four people, not three. But only three bodies were discovered in the carnage of the original hijack – so who was the fourth man, and where is he now? Recruiting hooker Bella O’Reilly as their fourth, the widows are determined to execute their plan. Facing mounting pressure from DI Resnick, and local thugs Arnie and Tony Fisher, can they stick together and finish the job their husbands started . . .


My Review:

I’m not going to lie I had seen the movie first before I realized this was a book, which is why I waited so long to read it. Both are good, and tell the same story, just in slightly different ways.

This book is the true girls can do anything boys can do better. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Pirelli, Shirley Miller all lost husbands in a robbery gone wrong. Their husbands were conmen who had done many other jobs like this before and Dolly’s husband had been the head man in charge. After several months these women decided to try and do the robbery again themselves but this time successfully. They train together and work together to make this happen and bring in a fourth to help with the getaway named Belle O’Reilly. They become a team throughout the months they worked together and when the day finally comes for the heist all their hard work just might pay off.

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