Review: The Widow File

The Widow File: A Thriller - S.G. Redling

Originally read April 2, 2014


In The Widow File, assassins storm Dani's workplace with the intention of killing everybody.  Dani manages to escape, but she doesn't know what's going on.  All she knows is that the assassins are after her now.


I had mixed feelings about this book.  On the one hand, it was a very fast and engaging read.  Whenever I picked it up, I ended up reading for longer than I had intended because I got wrapped up in the story and I didn’t want to put it down.  There were only three characters with any significant “page time”, but I found all three of them to be interesting and more-or-less believably written.


The main reason I didn’t rate this book higher is because of how abrupt the ending was.  There were a lot of things that needed to be fleshed out better, and I didn’t find the ending to be satisfying at all.  Some things were left unexplained, and we only really found out what became of the main character in a vague sort of way.  We were told nothing about what ended up happening with the other two characters we’d been following.  I also found several aspects of the plot to be pretty unrealistic, although not so much that I couldn’t overlook it and just enjoy the story.


Up until the ending, I had 4 stars in mind as my rating for this book.  I had considered that to be a little overly-generous, but the book gave me enough enjoyment that I decided it was justified.  However, the ending was so abrupt and unsatisfying that there was just no way for me to justify 4 stars.