The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers

Thanks to the publisher and Get Red PR for the free copy of the book.

Synopsis (from 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.

Review:

Holy cats, I loved this book! I was 100% sucked in from the first chapter and fully invested through the last page. Also? This was my first book of Meyers, but it won’t be my last.

I’m a fan of women’s fiction all the time, but I always go out of my way to flood my summer reading schedule with the genre. They’re the stories I most enjoy as “beach reads” (or in my case: patio reads). I love getting lost in the drama and emotional conflict, and the journeys the characters experience. And The Widow of Wall Street hit every mark.

I’ve had an interesting revelation since finishing this book: I didn’t actually really like any of the characters very much. A few I truly despised (so much selfishness!), and the rest irritated me on different levels. (I can’t decide how I feel about Phoebe. I didn’t hate her, but I didn’t love her like I thought I would when I read the synopsis, and that surprised me.) But there was so much drama and so many interesting journeys, I couldn’t stop reading. I experienced the whole gamut of emotions (pity, loathing, admiration, sadness, heartbreak, hopefulness), and couldn’t wait to see what kind of chaos each new page would bring.

If there’s any part of this synopsis that interests you, I highly suggest you check it out. I have a feeling this storyline will elicit some strong reactions and make for great book discussions.

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Book stats: paperback, 352 pages, Washington Square Press, June 26, 2018

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