Thank you to the publisher and GetRed publicity for sending me a free copy of The Widow of Wall Street in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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.
The Widow of Wall Street is quite the gripping tale of power, money and the failure to find personal limits. Jake, a powerful Wall Street tycoon, builds himself from the ground up. The story in this novel follows Jake and Phoebe’s marriage and life through all the steps along their rise. The biggest problem is that Jake cannot find his limit or ever reach a point where he feels he has enough.
I did enjoy this novel overall, and I really liked reading about Jake and Phoebe’s relationship in the beginning portion of the book. Reading their changes over decades was thought provoking and insightful. However, there are a few things I did not care for. First is that the prologue is a short scene of Phoebe visiting Jake in jail, and I actually didn’t like that because it kind of ruins the ending of the novel. You know how the novel will end before it has a chance to begin. It was just a little too much foreshadowing in my opinion. I also felt like the story in general is one I have heard before.
With the being said, I can say that the writing is very well done. It is very fluid and the characters are very well developed. Jake and Phoebe are like a real couple and I found them very believable. What they were going through and how they reacted seemed very realistic. I was definitely wondering what I would do in their situation.
So while I did enjoy much of the book, there were a few quirks that I wasn’t a fan of but I think I am in the minority here. I have heard many people rave about his one, so give it a try! I rate this one 3 out of 5 stars.