I finally got around to reading The Widows and was again surprised at how much I loved everything about the town of Kinship and the characters Jess Montgomery created. Some books hit everything I want in a novel, and both The Widows and The Hollows fall in that category for me. Well-researched for historical elements, three-dimensional characters, strong women, excellent plot in both of these novels compelled me to keep turning the pages and to hope it wouldn't end, at the same time.
From Description: "Inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women’s search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community."
Kinship, Ohio in 1924 owed a great deal to coal, but not everyone was happy with the treatment of miners. When Lily Ross learns that her husband Daniel, sheriff of the county, has been killed by an escaped prisoner, she needs to know more. Appointed as interim sheriff until the next election, Lily has the opportunity to investigate on her own, and what she learns about Daniel's death doesn't follow what she has been told.
When Marvena Whitcomb, unaware of Daniel's death, to talk to him about the disappearance of her daughter, Lily is confronted with the fact that she didn't know her husband as well as she thought. Lily and Marvena join forces to halt a war in the making between miners, struggling for their rights, and the mine owner backed by Pinkerton strikebreakers.
Miners' rights, prohibition, unlikely allies, suspenseful murder plot, deftly constructed sense of time and place, excellent prose. 5/5
I can't wait for The Stills, the next in the series.
I highly recommend the Kinship series!
Historical. 2019. 336 pages.