This engaging book will not have arrived soon enough for Netflix Narcos addicts craving more. It will also stand out as an invaluable text for any student of Colombia’s blood-drenched, modern history.
In his own memoir, published in 2014, Juan Pablo wrote that while he considered himself one of his father’s victims, he placed himself at the very bottom of the list. Henao makes no such claims: she chose to marry Escobar, even if she was a child at the time. But her story gets darker as it progresses, alternating between outlandishness and horror, between descriptions of extreme luxury and accounts of the violence and isolation they endured. Escobar’s life has been extensively documented and Henao has no grand revelations to offer. Mrs Escobar is a memoir written in somebody else’s shadow – mostly, it seems, to settle scores, and clear her old name.