Book Review: Widow’s Island by L.A. Larkin

What happens when climate change doesn’t just endanger the planet but your life too?


Stephanie Miller is an average working mom. She isn’t perfect, but when her war hero husband dies and her work puts her in news headlines, her past is laid bare for all to see. Determined to make a new life for herself and teenage daughter, Amy, she fears it’s only a matter of time before the biggest mistake of her life is revealed.

As Stephanie and Amy take refuge on a remote island in Washington, it feels like they’re learning how to live again. But then they come home to graffiti on their garage door, there’s no escaping the hate online, and Stephanie is sure somebody is watching from the shadows outside their house.

When one of Stephanie’s close friends is murdered in her own home, she knows her worst fears have come true. Someone knows the truth. And she must become the fighter her husband always knew her to be if she is to protect her daughter, and everything left in the world that she loves.

Widow’s Island book cover


The blurb of Widow’s Island totally drew me in. However, as the chapters began to unfurl and the story began to have a political element, I admit I groaned inside. I tend to stay away from any political dramas or thrillers. There’s just too many books in this world to read and those genres just don’t do it for me. However, I was committed to this book so buckled myself up for the ride.

Widow’s Island is the perfect blend of a crime and political thriller. Both themes went hand in hand throughout the book, and tied up at the end for a compelling conclusion. It certainly helped that the political element was focused on climate change. It’s certainly an interesting topic and one of high interest today. The use of a trolling farm also gave the story a new twist.

One of the main things that put me off political-type genres is that the characters are often cold and you don’t get the chance to bind with them. Despite the fact that Stephanie is a professor involved in a climate report potentially set to change the law, I felt I really knew her beyond her job. Both Stephanie and daughter Amy are strong, independent women with a fragile side as they battle their grief following the loss of husband/father Patrick.

Overall, Widow’s Island was a pleasant surprise and gets a thumbs up from me. You can buy a copy of the book here.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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