- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (24 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062222430
- ISBN-13: 978-0062222435
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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In a chilling new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub, one woman looking for love online is entangled in a killer's terrifying scheme.
In the moonlight, shovelfuls of earth fall on a wooden crate at the bottom of a deep pit. Soon the hole will be filled and covered over with leaves, erasing all trace of the victim below, waking to the horror of being buried alive.
Newly divorced Gaby Duran isn't really expecting to find her soul mate on a dating site like InTune. She just needs a distraction from pining over her ex-husband, Ben, and the happy marriage they once had. And she's wise enough to know that online, the truth doesn't always match the profile. Almost everyone lies a little—or a lot.
But Gaby quickly discovers there is much more at stake than her lonely heart. Local singles are going missing after making online connections. And a predator is searching again for the perfect match. One who will fulfill every twisted desire . . . or die trying.
About the Author
USA Today and New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.
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How does Gaby Duran end up joining such a site, and what does she think when she realizes that her ex-husband Ben is also using the same InTune site?
Her mind travels back to times when they were happy and in love, with their beautiful baby Josh…and then the tragedy of his loss. Could any marriage survive?
Meanwhile, an alternate story follows a woman who calls herself Alex Jones, who has conversations in her head with her “husband” Carmen Rodriguez. Her story unfolds in bits and pieces, and we begin to see that she is anything but sane. Where would her craziness take her? Why is she picking up a certain type of male through her InTunes site—Hispanic single men—and spiking their drinks. What does she do with them in her cellar? And what happens to them when she has finished with them?
After several men of this type turn up missing over a period of months, the police, with the help of Gaby and another woman whose friend is missing, begin to uncover the clues leading to a very strange scene in the forest.
Because the alternating narrators added to the intensifying suspense, I could not stop reading. The Black Widow was a page-turner, and while it was not readily apparent how far this woman would go to achieve her goals, I was glued to the pages to see what would happen to the characters I was rooting for. 4.5 stars.
Wendy Corsi Staub’ is a brilliant author and this book is no exception. Gaby Duran, newly divorced from Ben and still mourning the death of their infant son Josh turns to her cousin Jacinda (Jaz) for help. The cousins who are more like sisters are always there for each other. Jaz introduces Gaby to the InTune internet dating venue and helps her meet people, including a kind man named Ryan.
This author has always stayed up to speed in current culture and technology and the inclusion of a plausible sounding dating website and telephone apps is proof of more of the same.
Once tuned in to InTune, Gaby is shocked to find Ben on the website as well. On the question about children, Ben says he had a child who has since died. For Gaby, it is having her most painful loss reinflamed. To make matters more interesting, Gaby and her date run into Ben and his date at a ballgame. One can't help but wonder if there is still some passion between the former couple.
There is an array of questionable and very interesting and some very dark characters in the book. Alex is somebody who is also on InTune. Alex plainly has an agenda and slithers like a snake into the lives of others. Is Alex on the level? Or is Alex as suspicious as is presented? Over time, the characters' paths converge and plots take some very curious twists. A pregnant woman. A crazy cat lady. A police officer. A series of murders, all occurring on Fridays within a three-month time span between each one. Two dedicated officers, Leary and Stockton who are determined to unravel the mysteries and find what connection, if any exists among these curious questions.
Meanwhile, where does Gaby fit in and what does Alex have to do with Gaby, if anything? What connection does Gaby have with the crazy cat lady if any? Is her life in jeopardy? Is Ben's? And do they know the people who were murdered?
This is definitely a spine tingling, hair raising thriller. The mysteries are interlocking as they tend to be in Staub's novels. The characters are plausible and well fleshed out and the story lines are brilliantly written and created. This particular mystery focuses on social media and possible dangers involved.
How refreshing to have Latino main characters! Most books, like movies, default to white characters unless specifically targeted to specific groups. Gaby and Ben are great characters, complex and engaging. The plot is well thought out with all the Wendy Corsi Staub twists and turns. It doesn't matter if you know who the villain is, the ride is so much fun, scary and suspenseful. This was my 10th Wendy Corsi Staub book and it just may well be my favorite.