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In New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott’s latest novel of riveting psychological suspense, an uneasy alliance forms as two widows delve into their husbands’ deadly and dangerous secrets—as they try to protect their own. Henry North is a down-on-his-luck cybersecurity expert from New Orleans. Adam Zhang is the cofounder of one of Austin’s most successful venture cap In New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott’s latest novel of riveting psychological suspense, an uneasy alliance forms as two widows delve into their husbands’ deadly and dangerous secrets—as they try to protect their own. Henry North is a down-on-his-luck cybersecurity expert from New Orleans. Adam Zhang is the cofounder of one of Austin’s most successful venture capitalist firms. These two men didn’t know each other. They had never met. Yet they died together, violently, in a place neither had any business being. When Henry doesn’t return from a business trip, his wife, Kirsten, panics—and then gets an anonymous phone call: “Your husband is dead in Austin.” Flora Zhang knew her husband was keeping secrets. She suspected an affair, but she had decided she could forgive him for his weakness—until her husband ended up dead. And with no explanation for her husband’s murder, the police begin to suspect her. Together, these two widows will face a powerful foe determined to write a false narrative about the murders. In doing so, neither Flora nor Kirsten will remain the women the world thought they were.


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In New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott’s latest novel of riveting psychological suspense, an uneasy alliance forms as two widows delve into their husbands’ deadly and dangerous secrets—as they try to protect their own. Henry North is a down-on-his-luck cybersecurity expert from New Orleans. Adam Zhang is the cofounder of one of Austin’s most successful venture cap In New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott’s latest novel of riveting psychological suspense, an uneasy alliance forms as two widows delve into their husbands’ deadly and dangerous secrets—as they try to protect their own. Henry North is a down-on-his-luck cybersecurity expert from New Orleans. Adam Zhang is the cofounder of one of Austin’s most successful venture capitalist firms. These two men didn’t know each other. They had never met. Yet they died together, violently, in a place neither had any business being. When Henry doesn’t return from a business trip, his wife, Kirsten, panics—and then gets an anonymous phone call: “Your husband is dead in Austin.” Flora Zhang knew her husband was keeping secrets. She suspected an affair, but she had decided she could forgive him for his weakness—until her husband ended up dead. And with no explanation for her husband’s murder, the police begin to suspect her. Together, these two widows will face a powerful foe determined to write a false narrative about the murders. In doing so, neither Flora nor Kirsten will remain the women the world thought they were.

30 review for An Ambush of Widows

  1. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott (Goodreads Author), Christine Lakin (Narrator) Flora Zhang's wealthy husband has been murdered, along with another guy, in an empty warehouse in Austin. In New Orleans, Kirsten North gets a phone call saying that her husband is dead. The murder of their husbands brings Flora and Kirsten together but neither one of them trusts the other. Whose fault is it that their husbands are dead and who wanted them dead? As we explore the past of Kirsten, her husband, and her An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott (Goodreads Author), Christine Lakin (Narrator) Flora Zhang's wealthy husband has been murdered, along with another guy, in an empty warehouse in Austin. In New Orleans, Kirsten North gets a phone call saying that her husband is dead. The murder of their husbands brings Flora and Kirsten together but neither one of them trusts the other. Whose fault is it that their husbands are dead and who wanted them dead? As we explore the past of Kirsten, her husband, and her foster brother, Zach, we know that this trio has/had secrets that needed to stay secret. But Flora's husband had his own secrets, too, secrets he kept from Flora, although she was willing to let them slide until those secrets blow up their life. Now both Flora and Kirsten are determined to find out what happened to their husbands and why they were meeting in an empty warehouse. Flora has her reputation to protect and Kirsten wants revenge. These two women can work together to find out the truth or they can bring each other down. All the while they are trying to fend off whoever is after them, too. There are a lot of characters to keep track up with this story but I enjoyed the mystery and the fact that both women were willing to stand up to whoever had smashed a wrecking ball into their lives. But who to trust? Kirsten isn't even sure she can trust her foster brother. Flora isn't sure she can trust her husband's cousin, business partner, or best friend. And who hired the bumbling assassin? Don't mess with the widows! Published July 6, 2021

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    A fantastic thriller that exceeded my expectations! Kirsten North is shocked to receive a call from her husband’s cell phone, with a strange voice at the other end of the line. “Your husband has been killed. In Austin. Texas...He was shot.” Kirsten’s husband, Henry, was supposed to be in New York for work. She books the first flight out of New Orleans to Austin. Flora Zhang is struggling after her husband, Adam’s, death. Adam’s body was found next to Henry’s, but nobody can figure out how they ende A fantastic thriller that exceeded my expectations! Kirsten North is shocked to receive a call from her husband’s cell phone, with a strange voice at the other end of the line. “Your husband has been killed. In Austin. Texas...He was shot.” Kirsten’s husband, Henry, was supposed to be in New York for work. She books the first flight out of New Orleans to Austin. Flora Zhang is struggling after her husband, Adam’s, death. Adam’s body was found next to Henry’s, but nobody can figure out how they ended up in a warehouse together. Kirsten and Flora end up working together to try and figure out what their husbands were up to, who killed them, and why there are folks who may want to kill Kirsten and Flora as well. I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy An Ambush of Widows. The beginning was a bit slow, and I wasn’t getting the vibe of anything exciting happening. Luckily, I was wrong. Things soon picked up, and I was hooked! There are many potential suspects and shady activities going on to propel the storyline. The characters are extremely fleshed out...especially Kirsten and Flora. I loved seeing them come together to try and figure out who would kill their husbands, given that they couldn’t trust anyone...let alone each other. I predicted a part of the reveal semi-early on, and thought I would be disappointed if it turned out I was right. However, there were other moving pieces of the puzzle that I didn’t put together. It was all handled so expertly, and I was HERE FOR IT. I always appreciate when a book doesn’t let me down at the end, and I have to say this ending was exciting, entertaining, and fully satisfying (with the exception of the last two pages). This is my first Jeff Abbott read, but it surely won’t be my last. 4.5 stars. Sincere thank you to Grand Central Publishing/Novel Suspects for sending me a physical ARC. The book will be published on: 7/6/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    One of the reasons I read is to learn, and in reading Jeff Abbott’s 2021 thriller I learned that a group of widows is called an ambush. Did you know that? Well now you do - the collective noun for widows is in fact “ambush.” I also learned through reading An Ambush of Widows that a dude can write 20 novels in one of my favorite genres and still not be on my radar. Jeff Abbott’s author bio says a theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to ret One of the reasons I read is to learn, and in reading Jeff Abbott’s 2021 thriller I learned that a group of widows is called an ambush. Did you know that? Well now you do - the collective noun for widows is in fact “ambush.” I also learned through reading An Ambush of Widows that a dude can write 20 novels in one of my favorite genres and still not be on my radar. Jeff Abbott’s author bio says a theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to return to their normal lives. That’s certainly the case here, where the wives of two murdered businessmen try to unravel the mystery of what happened to them while also dodging nefarious characters nipping at their own heels. Abbott is from Austin, TX, and much of the action takes place in that vibrant city. I really enjoyed the setting and the characters’ complicated relationships. Though there’s nothing necessarily groundbreaking in the story, I had fun trying to guess the who in this whodunnit nonetheless. My thanks to Grand Central Publishing / Novel Suspects for providing me with a gifted advance copy to review. An Ambush of Widows is now available. Blog: https://www.confettibookshelf.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    3.75 rounded up! Kirsten thought that Henry was in N.Y. Flora thought that Adam was on his way home. So, how did these two seemingly unconnected businessmen end up murdered together in an abandoned warehouse in Austin? The Widows are left with more questions than answers and each believes that the other’s husband is the one responsible for getting the other man killed. And why has a hitman been hired to kill Kirsten? And, why is Flora being framed? Will the two Widows become allies or adversaries w 3.75 rounded up! Kirsten thought that Henry was in N.Y. Flora thought that Adam was on his way home. So, how did these two seemingly unconnected businessmen end up murdered together in an abandoned warehouse in Austin? The Widows are left with more questions than answers and each believes that the other’s husband is the one responsible for getting the other man killed. And why has a hitman been hired to kill Kirsten? And, why is Flora being framed? Will the two Widows become allies or adversaries when the secrets begin to spill? The book started out strong for me, and I was immediately hooked! BUT, at about the halfway point, I had a strong suspicion about WHO was responsible and I was correct about the person though I didn’t have all of the details right. Until this point there were many possibilities but after it, I never doubted my choice again. And, the ending got a little bit OTT for me-especially the very LAST chapter-which in my humble opinion should just be cut. But, with that being said-I cannot believe that with 19 published books, three of which were nominated for Edgar Awards, that I had never before read this author! It could take me awhile to get caught up! Be on the lookout for DeAnn’s amazing review to find out if she and I felt the same way about this one or not… Thank You to Grand Central Publishing for sending me a physical ARC of this book which is on sale on July 6, 2021 It was my pleasure to offer a candid review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Who Knew? What do a clowder of cats, a paddling of ducks, a tower of giraffes, or an ambush of widows have in common? They're all collective nouns. The author gave readers a vocabulary lesson with his definition of a group of widows designated as “an ambush of widows”. My pre-conception of the title had me thinking “verb” and that a group of widows was being ambushed or pursued by nefarious individuals. I suppose it was a double entendre because that happened too. There are four dead husbands in th Who Knew? What do a clowder of cats, a paddling of ducks, a tower of giraffes, or an ambush of widows have in common? They're all collective nouns. The author gave readers a vocabulary lesson with his definition of a group of widows designated as “an ambush of widows”. My pre-conception of the title had me thinking “verb” and that a group of widows was being ambushed or pursued by nefarious individuals. I suppose it was a double entendre because that happened too. There are four dead husbands in this book and four women wanting answers. The story follows them in present time with an alternating backstory for Kerstain and JJ. Multiple narrations had me on my toes processing the many moving pieces. I really enjoyed this because of the numerous threads without over-wrought descriptions. Did I mention that one of the characters was a hit-man? Not a particularly smart one, but he had a major impact. Call me morbid, but I like hit-man stories. Jeff Abbott wasn’t on my radar until I read this and I’ll definitely read more by this author. Thank you to a friend for mailing me her physical copy- it was much appreciated! Publishes on July 6, 2021. If anyone’s interested, here’s a broader list of collective nouns from my Google prowess: A colony of penguins A shrewdness of apes A parade of elephants A murder of crows A troop of kangaroos A bloat of hippopotami An obstinacy of buffalo A drove of pigs A crash of rhinoceroses An ambush of tigers A dray of squirrels A zeal of zebras

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    Maybe I’ve just been reading too many books about husbands who are not to be trusted?? Wives that are completely taken off guard when her husband’s activities are finally brought to light ???? I’m an outlier on this one. As you know from the blurb; Kirsten North receives a phone call from her husband’s cell phone. A strange voice tells her “Your husband has been killed. In Austin, Texas . . .he was shot”. Kirsten is shocked, her husband Henry was supposed to be in New York for his job. Henry Nort Maybe I’ve just been reading too many books about husbands who are not to be trusted?? Wives that are completely taken off guard when her husband’s activities are finally brought to light ???? I’m an outlier on this one. As you know from the blurb; Kirsten North receives a phone call from her husband’s cell phone. A strange voice tells her “Your husband has been killed. In Austin, Texas . . .he was shot”. Kirsten is shocked, her husband Henry was supposed to be in New York for his job. Henry North is a reasonably respected cybersecurity guard from New Orleans. Flora Zhang’s husband, Adam’s body was found next to Henry North. She is reeling from the shock. Adam was a successful venture capitalist from Austin. Kirsten North travels to Austin to try to discern why these two men were killed in a warehouse where neither one of them was supposed to be. Her foster brother Zach is along for support. As far as the wives knew, these two men had never met. But what did they have in common? Why were they murdered together? WHAT DO THEIR DEATHS MEAN FOR THEIR WIDOWS? Flora and Kirsten meet, decide to work together to try to understand what the husbands were doing, what secrets were being kept and who killed their husbands. Especially when they realize that they, also, may be targets. There are a host of characters that are possible killers. At the start this novel pulled me in, but I started to get bored by the middle. It was great to see Flora and Kirsten evolve to the point of working together to try to figure out what went on. This novel didn’t really seem as though it had anything really new or fresh in it. Just when I was settling into the end, it began to feel very over the top and once again I was back to a 3* rating. This was an entertaining read but not a memorable one. A 3* means it was a good book and entertaining. I struggled to write this review because it just wasn’t a stand out for me. After reading so many thrillers it’s hard to find something completely original. I am surprised that this author is so prolific and yet I have never read any other of his books. I received an ARC directly from the publisher and an EARC from the publisher through NetGalley. P.S. I have seen at least 3 novels in the past few years with a cover that looks almost identical to this one!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    3.75 great book title stars This is an interesting thriller with childhood friends – Zach, Henry, Kirsten – and their adult lives get complicated! Zach and Kirsten are foster siblings and always have each other’s back and Henry lives next door. Kirsten and Henry end up getting married, but unfortunately, they don’t get to live happily ever after. In fact, much of the book is centered around Henry’s murder. He’s found in an abandoned warehouse along with another dead man in Austin and a mysterious 3.75 great book title stars This is an interesting thriller with childhood friends – Zach, Henry, Kirsten – and their adult lives get complicated! Zach and Kirsten are foster siblings and always have each other’s back and Henry lives next door. Kirsten and Henry end up getting married, but unfortunately, they don’t get to live happily ever after. In fact, much of the book is centered around Henry’s murder. He’s found in an abandoned warehouse along with another dead man in Austin and a mysterious call brings Kirsten to town. Kirsten has no idea who the other man is and why they were together. Soon, Kirsten has connected with the other widow – Flora – and the two women are determined to find the killer – even if it’s one of them! Throw in a bit of corporate espionage, revenge, a hit man, and the mob and you have a good thriller recipe. I really liked the first half of this one, but it really slowed down for me, and the conclusion was a bit convoluted for my taste. It was still an enjoyable read and had some great aha moments! If you read the book, you will get the explanation for the title. I thought it was quite clever! I am excited to find a new author and he’s got a huge list of titles. Jayme and I had a great buddy read with this one and I give her all the credit for picking this one. She and I had similar thoughts but be sure to read her stellar review. Thank you to Novel Suspects and Grand Central Publishing for my physical copy of this one. Now available.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    2.5 I loved the idea of this book, and the beginning started out great, but I feel like the plots threads, too many, were very convoluted and confusing at times, and some of the twists unbelievable and unnecessary. I didn’t love it, on to the next one☺️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Two men, Adam from Austin, TX and Henry from New Orleans are shot to death in a warehouse in Austin. Kirsten North is called by a robotic voice informing her of Henry's murder. Why was he killed in Austin when he told Kirsten he was in New York? Adam's wife, Flora, is racking her brain trying to find out why he was killed in a warehouse with a man with no connection to Adam. Are these men leading secret lives? If so, how will their widows react to the unleashing of secrets? This book's title orig Two men, Adam from Austin, TX and Henry from New Orleans are shot to death in a warehouse in Austin. Kirsten North is called by a robotic voice informing her of Henry's murder. Why was he killed in Austin when he told Kirsten he was in New York? Adam's wife, Flora, is racking her brain trying to find out why he was killed in a warehouse with a man with no connection to Adam. Are these men leading secret lives? If so, how will their widows react to the unleashing of secrets? This book's title originates in the title given to a group of widows - an ambush. My nerdy brain found that interesting. The plot is twisty, the pacing had the right mix of action and slower pace. I found the switching of timeliness and characters POV to be easy to follow. There are a lot of characters in the book, but it never gets too heavy with remembering who they are. My only complaint is the ending was a little bit over the top action wise. Other than that, I had a good time reading it! My appreciation to Novel Suspects and author Jeff Abbott for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    My first introduction to Jeff Abbott, and it won't be my last! Wow. I was initially drawn to the cover, but it ended up being far more than just a great cover. I was white-knuckled reading the final few chapters trying to put the pieces together and figuring out how things would end. Two men, Adam Zhang and Henry North, who seem to have no previous connection, are both found dead in Adam's abandoned, Austin, Texas, warehouse. Henry was a cybersecurity expert from New Orleans, and Adam was a ventu My first introduction to Jeff Abbott, and it won't be my last! Wow. I was initially drawn to the cover, but it ended up being far more than just a great cover. I was white-knuckled reading the final few chapters trying to put the pieces together and figuring out how things would end. Two men, Adam Zhang and Henry North, who seem to have no previous connection, are both found dead in Adam's abandoned, Austin, Texas, warehouse. Henry was a cybersecurity expert from New Orleans, and Adam was a venture capitalist from Austin. Now their wives, Flora and Kirsten, who have nothing in common, want to know why. While Kirsten and Flora’s relationship is none-too-friendly and neither one fully trusts the other, they soon realize that in order to find out what happened to their husbands, they need to work together. Kirsten also comes with Zach, her foster brother, who is fiercely loyal to her, but who also has some interesting (and questionable) connections on both sides of the law. Suspicions abound on all sides, and everyone seems to have a motive and acts shady at times. My only gripe was that the story started a bit on the slower side, and I wasn’t sure where anything was going. But once the storyline goes back in time to Kirsten and Henry's past, the pace quickly picks up, and then I couldn't put it down. There are quite a few secondary characters and it was initially difficult to keep them all straight, which complicated the plot somewhat, but it also provided a plethora of suspects that kept me guessing as to who did what, and when, and why. I thought the ending was very complete and well-done. Oddly, many times I find myself skimming the final pages in a book because it all seems to be "fluff," but not in this one. I savored the last few chapters, and I liked how Abbott left the door open to the possibility of a sequel down the road. I am generally not a fan of series, but a return to these character would be most welcome. Overall, Abbott takes several familiar (aka overused) plot elements, such as hit men, foster kids, mob connections, etc., but mixes them up and twists things in ways that are fresh and inventive. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this one! 4 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Quite convoluted and leads to confusion about which character is in which role. 4 of 10 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Kirsten North believes that her husband Henry, a software security consultant, is away on business in New York City. She receives a call from his phone and a stranger tells her that her husband has been shot dead in Austin, Texas. A quick online search reveals that this is a major local news story - successful venture capitalist Adam Zhang and an unidentified man were found shot and killed in an Austin warehouse. Kirsten immediately leaves New Orleans and heads for Austin. She is unaware that sh Kirsten North believes that her husband Henry, a software security consultant, is away on business in New York City. She receives a call from his phone and a stranger tells her that her husband has been shot dead in Austin, Texas. A quick online search reveals that this is a major local news story - successful venture capitalist Adam Zhang and an unidentified man were found shot and killed in an Austin warehouse. Kirsten immediately leaves New Orleans and heads for Austin. She is unaware that she is next in line to be murdered and the hit man is following her every move. Kirsten’s half brother Zach, who has ties to the mob, shows up in Austin to help. Soon Kirsten and Adam’s widow Flora decide to work together to uncover the mystery of their husbands’ deaths, even when they don’t fully trust one another. An Ambush of Widows is a satisfying thriller you won’t want to put down. Author Jeff Abbott has created a strong cast of suspicious characters making this an effective whodunit that will keep you guessing. This is a slow burn book which takes its time to percolate but once it gets going, it will thoroughly entertain you as the pieces of the puzzle come together with some twists you probably won’t see coming. Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Novel Suspects Insiders for the opportunity to read An Ambush of Widows in advance of its July 6, 2021 release. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    I was hesitant to pick this book up, because let's face it—the name of this book is corny as hell. However, the synopsis really intrigued me after reading about it and I thought, "what the heck?! why not!" and jumped in. I am so happy that I didn't judge a book by its title (is this a thing?) because this book was so much fun. An Ambush of Widows is not Jeff Abbott's first book, but it was my first read by the author and I'm happy to say that I'll be reading more by him. The story centers ar I was hesitant to pick this book up, because let's face it—the name of this book is corny as hell. However, the synopsis really intrigued me after reading about it and I thought, "what the heck?! why not!" and jumped in. I am so happy that I didn't judge a book by its title (is this a thing?) because this book was so much fun. An Ambush of Widows is not Jeff Abbott's first book, but it was my first read by the author and I'm happy to say that I'll be reading more by him. The story centers around two women—Kirsten North and Flora Zhang. Two women forever intertwined after hearing about their husbands' murder. Kirsten's husband Henry is a cybersecurity specialist and Flora's husband Adam is one of Austin's most successful venture capitalists. The two men could not be more different and have no connections to each other. Kirsten gets a phone call anonymously saying that her husband was murdered and decides to fly to Austin and discover what has happened. Her husband was supposed to be in New York? After the two women meet, a fire lights under both of them to figure out why exactly were their husbands murder and are either of the two to blame? An Ambush of Widows really tricked me. I did not expect that ending at all. So many lovable characters and so many devious ones as well. I binge read this book in record time, which always is a good indicator of a great thriller. Again, the title is stupid, but there is a nod to why the title is the way it is in the book so I moved on from it. Overall, this book was more crime-fiction / thriller than mystery, but had the character development of a drama. Honestly, I can't even compare this book to anything, because it's very different than novels I am used to, which is always a major plus in my book. Go into this book without reading too many reviews and enjoy!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    This book started off strong, then became confusing! I had a hard time keeping track of the different characters. Then I stopped caring. I had to force myself to finish it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Kirsten's husband Henry doesn't return from a business trip. Flora's husband Adam doesn't make it home either. Both men, who don't appear to have any connection, were gunned down in an abandoned warehouse in Austin. Kirsten's husband wasn't supposed to be in Austin, so she decides to go there and find out what her husband was doing. Flora also wants to know what her husband was up to. Together, the widows uncover their husband's secrets. An Ambush of Widows starts slow, but picks up about half w Kirsten's husband Henry doesn't return from a business trip. Flora's husband Adam doesn't make it home either. Both men, who don't appear to have any connection, were gunned down in an abandoned warehouse in Austin. Kirsten's husband wasn't supposed to be in Austin, so she decides to go there and find out what her husband was doing. Flora also wants to know what her husband was up to. Together, the widows uncover their husband's secrets. An Ambush of Widows starts slow, but picks up about half way through the novel. Multiple points of view and storylines makes for an intriguing novel. The women each have their own stories, but there is also the mysterious connection of why their husbands were killed together. A twisty and suspenseful thriller. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Val

    “That’s the collective noun for a group of widows. An ambush.” “You know what a group of tigers is called…also called an ambush, same as a group of widows.” This thriller opens with Kirsten receiving a call from her husband Henry’s cell phone. The caller tells Her that her husband has been killed in Austin, Texas. But Henry had told her he was in New York. So begins the mystery. Kirsten travels to Austin to uncover whatever information she can. Her foster brother Zach travels to help her. They meet “That’s the collective noun for a group of widows. An ambush.” “You know what a group of tigers is called…also called an ambush, same as a group of widows.” This thriller opens with Kirsten receiving a call from her husband Henry’s cell phone. The caller tells Her that her husband has been killed in Austin, Texas. But Henry had told her he was in New York. So begins the mystery. Kirsten travels to Austin to uncover whatever information she can. Her foster brother Zach travels to help her. They meet Flora Zang, widow of the millionaire financial whiz kid Adam Zang, who was found slain alongside Henry in an empty warehouse. They all suspect each other, as they should. The reader is introduced to the Zang’s neighbors, his business partner and his nephew. Also included is a step back into Kiersten and Zack’s upbringing with foster parents Larry and JJ, and a daly with a suspected mobster. Just like that, the suspect list has quadrupled. There were plenty of twists to keep this story engaging. A tad slow in the middle, it quickly picked back up as additional information is uncovered by Kiersten. As the pieces come together, the reader remembers facts the author dropped along the way. I loved that this thriller didn’t just have a quick ending with information hidden until then. Rather, it was laid out throughout for the reader to pick up and organize. Definitely recommend this one! Thank you to @novelsuspects and @grandcentralpub for the advance copy to read and review!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Hoffman

    An Ambush of Widows is an awesome enough title to entice a reader perusing the shelves of their local Barnes & Noble or corner bookstore to at least stop and pause. Widows fighting back against injustices happened upon them to avenge their husbands' death makes for a great underdog story. The title alone drew me in to see what Jeff Abbott's latest thriller would entail. Enter Kirsten who receives an anonymous phone call from someone who's told her her husband, Henry, is dead in Austin, Texas. Kir An Ambush of Widows is an awesome enough title to entice a reader perusing the shelves of their local Barnes & Noble or corner bookstore to at least stop and pause. Widows fighting back against injustices happened upon them to avenge their husbands' death makes for a great underdog story. The title alone drew me in to see what Jeff Abbott's latest thriller would entail. Enter Kirsten who receives an anonymous phone call from someone who's told her her husband, Henry, is dead in Austin, Texas. Kirsten is immediately confused because the caller was calling from her husband's cell and he wasn't supposed to be in Austin. His business trip was elsewhere. Kirsten boards a plane to Austin from New Orleans unaware of the stranger following her with a plan to end her existence as well. Enter Flora Zhang who's husband, Adam, is found dead with Kirsten's husband. The two don't appear to have any business dealings or reason to have even known each other. Adam Zhang is a rich cofounder of a successful venture capitalist firm while Henry North is a cybersecurity expert who's business is fledgling at best. The shared interest in finding their husband's killers lead Flora and Kirsten into dangerous territory where there is really no one they can trust. What Jeff Abbott does best here is maintain a cast of characters that are all potential suspects. Flora could potentially have had her husband killed for his money, Kirsten could have assumed her husband was cheating the reason she arrived to Austin before news even broke of her husbands death. There's also Adam's partner in the business who could have simply wanted a bigger stake in their wildly successful firm. A couple mobsters, contract killers, and clients are thrown in for good measure. Just to be clear, I enjoyed reading An Ambush of Widows. It was an easy, fast paced whodunit read that kept me entertained. I've been slowly reading a few books that initially caught my attention, but this one maintained my attention. I cared enough about this mystery to see who wanted these two men dead. I believed it couldn't be as simple as that. Ultimately, finding out whodunit pushed me towards finishing this novel. I hate to say that neither widow stood out for me. Kirsten is sort of a badass and the smarter of the two, yet she did nothing for me. Flora has every luxury at her fingertips, but slips into the role of being a sad woman who's hurt by a husband who isn't who she thought he was. Newsflash, none of us are who any of us think we are... I hope that sentence makes sense. My point is that our significant others are capable of harboring secrets that we'd never imagine. Do I recommend this title? Sure. I've read a few of Abbott's other novels and their all great, fast reads. I enjoyed An Ambush of Widows. Overall, the plot was intriguing and captivating. The characters were not really people I ever cared too much for... but hey. We can't all get what we want. Copy provided by Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Reads

    You can also find my review on my blog: https://rebekahreads.ca/an-ambush-of-... I’ll say it again: An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott was such a pleasant surprise. I had NO idea what to expect with this book—I had no idea who this author was, what his writing was like, or even what the book was about—but I am so glad to say that I LOVED it. It was such an addicting, exciting, and binge-worthy read that I could not put down. An Ambush of Widows follows two women—Kirsten North and Flora Zhang—who d You can also find my review on my blog: https://rebekahreads.ca/an-ambush-of-... I’ll say it again: An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott was such a pleasant surprise. I had NO idea what to expect with this book—I had no idea who this author was, what his writing was like, or even what the book was about—but I am so glad to say that I LOVED it. It was such an addicting, exciting, and binge-worthy read that I could not put down. An Ambush of Widows follows two women—Kirsten North and Flora Zhang—who do not know each other at all but are forever intertwined after their husbands are found murdered next to each other in a warehouse. Kirsten’s husband, Henry, is a cybersecurity specialist, while Flora’s husband, Adam, is the founder one of Austin’s most successful venture capitalist firms. There’s no way these two men would have ever known each other or had any connection to one another—so how did they end up dead together? When Kirsten receives an anonymous phone call telling her that her husband was murdered in Austin, she hops on a plane as fast as she can to figure out what the heck happened. When she meets Flora—the other widow—the two of them work together to uncover to truth behind their husbands deaths. This book had me HOOKED from the very first chapter. It has such an interesting premise, story line and so many intriguing characters that worked together to form such an entertaining read. I could not, for the life of me, figure out where this book was going and the ending was such a surprise. There’s honestly nothing about this book that I didn’t love. I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a different type of thriller! Also, this book reminds me a little bit of Linwood Barclay’s books—so if you’re a fan of his then you’ll definitely enjoy this one. Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for not only introducing me to this new author, but also for gifting me this incredible book in exchange for an honest review! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Vroom, vrooom, .... fasten your seatbelts.... it's gonna be a wild and bumpy ride!!! If you're reading this review in an airport (or train station or bus terminal) bookstore, just pick up the book... It's (for me) perfect (for a plane or train or ...) murder and mayhem and mystery ... and non-stop momentum and twists and turns and wait, who did what? ... to whom? ... and why?... and, nope, I didn't see that coming ... repeat... Pick it up, get sucked in, keep turning pages, (don't stop to ask too Vroom, vrooom, .... fasten your seatbelts.... it's gonna be a wild and bumpy ride!!! If you're reading this review in an airport (or train station or bus terminal) bookstore, just pick up the book... It's (for me) perfect (for a plane or train or ...) murder and mayhem and mystery ... and non-stop momentum and twists and turns and wait, who did what? ... to whom? ... and why?... and, nope, I didn't see that coming ... repeat... Pick it up, get sucked in, keep turning pages, (don't stop to ask too many questions or spend a lot of time thinking about the nuances), ... and ... poof ... you may not have got much sleep, but, gee that was fun.... Nah, not exactly literary fiction - I won't be waiting to see if this gets nominated for the Booker or the Pulitzer or the National Book Award, nor will I be re-reading passages to marvel at words spun into gold ... but that's not what I was looking for here! We're talking good, clean fun, ... well, that is if your idea of good clean fun is corpses and carnage and lies and deceptions and feints and mis-directions and lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    I rec'd an excerpt from Negalley and read a very very short snippet. I liked the POV of....both wives and I was surprised that we had the hitman's POV. I found the characters interesting and the twists and turns fascinating. But I found myself a bit sidetracked, wanting to know more quicker than the story was delivering. I did like it, just didn't love it. I rec'd an excerpt from Negalley and read a very very short snippet. I liked the POV of....both wives and I was surprised that we had the hitman's POV. I found the characters interesting and the twists and turns fascinating. But I found myself a bit sidetracked, wanting to know more quicker than the story was delivering. I did like it, just didn't love it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madeline (always_reading1)

    Wow this was so addicting! I need to read more of Jeff Abbott's books. Wow this was so addicting! I need to read more of Jeff Abbott's books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    3.5 Stars This is a slow burner, but in the very best possible way...it was like putting a puzzle together...slowly, piece by piece...then eventually you begin to see the bigger picture. I also loved how the two female leads were strong women (even though at first Flora didn't seem to be)...who decide to work together to find who killed their husbands and why....and the killer is after them as well! All the characters were well developed and I really felt for Kirsten and Flora. Even 3.5 Stars This is a slow burner, but in the very best possible way...it was like putting a puzzle together...slowly, piece by piece...then eventually you begin to see the bigger picture. I also loved how the two female leads were strong women (even though at first Flora didn't seem to be)...who decide to work together to find who killed their husbands and why....and the killer is after them as well! All the characters were well developed and I really felt for Kirsten and Flora. Even though I figured out who was responsible (hence the half a star removed) I really enjoyed this book. The writing was engaging and fresh and the plot was absorbing. This is my second book by Jeff Abbott, the first was Never Ask Me and now I am going to have to get more for my reading shelves. Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley, Jeff Abbott and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #AnAmbushofWidows #NetGalley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I loved this one! The twists, the turns, the mystery, the suspense all worked for me! There are two women, Kirsten and Flora, whose husbands were both murdered at the same time and place. The women don't live near each other and don't know each other, and they sure don't trust each other. They both want to find out who murdered they husbands and why, so they end up investigating together with some help. But as the plot thickens, it really thickens. There is Zach who works for an organized crime I loved this one! The twists, the turns, the mystery, the suspense all worked for me! There are two women, Kirsten and Flora, whose husbands were both murdered at the same time and place. The women don't live near each other and don't know each other, and they sure don't trust each other. They both want to find out who murdered they husbands and why, so they end up investigating together with some help. But as the plot thickens, it really thickens. There is Zach who works for an organized crime family/organization and is Kirsten's foster brother. Then there is Flora's deceased husband's partner in business. Accusations fly all over the place and I don't want to give anything away. The very last line in the story gave me the chills and made me hope for a second book. Kirsten and Flora will make women proud to be a female!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm Extraordinaire

    Wow, amazing excerpt. I can't wait to read the full novel! 🙌🏻 ""ARC Via NetGalley** Wow, amazing excerpt. I can't wait to read the full novel! 🙌🏻 ""ARC Via NetGalley**

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tonya with an "O"

    What a great thriller! I read my first book by Jeff Abbott last year, Never Ask Me, and I really liked it, so I was excited to see what came next. An Ambush of Widows didn't disappoint! A common thread with both books is a need to suspend your disbelief. They are a little farfetched, but still fun! I had no idea who was trustworthy or not in this book, and each piece of information gained made me rethink the killer. I did figure it out eventually, but it took me a long time, and I still had a bl What a great thriller! I read my first book by Jeff Abbott last year, Never Ask Me, and I really liked it, so I was excited to see what came next. An Ambush of Widows didn't disappoint! A common thread with both books is a need to suspend your disbelief. They are a little farfetched, but still fun! I had no idea who was trustworthy or not in this book, and each piece of information gained made me rethink the killer. I did figure it out eventually, but it took me a long time, and I still had a blast finishing the book. I read this book in 2 sittings, so if you're looking for a quick page turner, you found it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This was pretty fast paced and action packed. Not bad at all but still felt kinda meh about it all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I'll be honest: I only read Ambush of Widows based I liked the title. It made me recall that a group of crows is called a murder. How did I learn that? The Simpsons. No joke. And people say television rots your brain. Even though the author has consistently disappointed me with his previous books, I still took a chance on this. When oh when will I learn not to read anything that doesn't feature Sam Capra? Still, the premise had potential, until it took a convoluted turn every which way. I would h I'll be honest: I only read Ambush of Widows based I liked the title. It made me recall that a group of crows is called a murder. How did I learn that? The Simpsons. No joke. And people say television rots your brain. Even though the author has consistently disappointed me with his previous books, I still took a chance on this. When oh when will I learn not to read anything that doesn't feature Sam Capra? Still, the premise had potential, until it took a convoluted turn every which way. I would have given this two stars if many of the scenarios didn't hinge so much on coincidence and was hard to suspend disbelief for. The character development was meh and I didn't care or relate to either widow. There were too much going on toward the end; who is playing who, the hit man, the mob; I mean, sheesh, let's just throw in the kitchen sink while we're at it. I'm pretty sure I won't read the author's next unless it features Sam Capra or it's called A Murder of Crows.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott is a wild story. "Kirsten gets a call that her husband has been killed. She rushes to Austin, TX to find out what happened and who her husband was meeting in Austin. Her foster brother, Zach, , who works for the New Orleans mob, flies in to help her. Kirsten teams up with the other widow, Flora Zhang, to find the connection between their husbands. Why were they together and who wanted them dead?" There are a lot of familiar plot elements here - kids in foster car An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott is a wild story. "Kirsten gets a call that her husband has been killed. She rushes to Austin, TX to find out what happened and who her husband was meeting in Austin. Her foster brother, Zach, , who works for the New Orleans mob, flies in to help her. Kirsten teams up with the other widow, Flora Zhang, to find the connection between their husbands. Why were they together and who wanted them dead?" There are a lot of familiar plot elements here - kids in foster care, hiding a body, the mob family, a hit man. so many secrets and long awaited revenge. But Abbott mixes them up in a way that I have never read before. The story is a crazy mix of reveal after reveal - Kirsten and Zach's story. Who was Uncle Larry and Aunt JJ? And Teddy? What was the connection? So many surprises. The ending is more crazy action especially when you realize how the pieces fit together. Nice resolution and epilogue. Definitely a book you should add to your summer reading list.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Harvee

    Two men who don't know each other are killed in a warehouse, and their widows are left to find the secrets behind their husbands' meeting, one widow facing suspicion herself for the murders. A complex plot with ins and outs and coincidences that leave you reeling, though I had an idea earlier on about the identity of one of the plotters. Two men who don't know each other are killed in a warehouse, and their widows are left to find the secrets behind their husbands' meeting, one widow facing suspicion herself for the murders. A complex plot with ins and outs and coincidences that leave you reeling, though I had an idea earlier on about the identity of one of the plotters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Lindemulder

    Great mystery with lots of twists and turns. Sounds as if the author set this up for a sequel.

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