Ryan Monahan

Created by Cate Holahan

When "perfect wife" Ana Bacon takes a header from the deck of a cruise ship into the Caribbean just a few months after her wealthy husband Tom has taken out a $5 million insurance policy with a double indemnity clause, the only thing standing between hubby and the payoff RYAN MONAHAN, a number-crunching investigator from Insurance Strategy and Investment who makes his debut in The Widower's Wife (2016).

But Tom has witnesses, and it turns out there are layers of secrets that need to be sifted through.

Fortunately, Ryan's far more than a mere statistics geek -- he's also a former NYPD cop, a seasoned and formidable investigator who's dogged as hell, and patient to a fault.

A promising new characters, and an astonishing debut. Let's keep an eye on this one.


  • "... one of those rare thrillers that really will keep you reading all night, especially if you pack it to take on your next Caribbean cruise."

-- Kirkus

  • "Ingenious and engrossing. The Widower's Wife is a twisting, Gone Girl-esque thriller full of lies and secrets that kept me delightfully off balance right to the end. Cate Holahan is a star on the rise."

-- Brad Parks


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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