- Audio CD
- Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (24 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481533347
- ISBN-13: 978-1481533348
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.2 x 15.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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The Black Widow: Library Edition Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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At any given time, there were four story lines happening all at once, and yet the author manages to weave them all seamlessly together. The characters are intriguing, and the overall theme of loss and bouncing back from the past will resonate with readers. Despite the multiple story lines and characters, this novel flows amazingly well, making it easy to follow.-- "RT Book Reviews (4 stars) "
About the Author
Wendy Corsi Staub is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels. Renowned for her tales of suspense, she has twice been nominated for the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award and is the recipient of the prestigious Rita Award, as well as numerous other awards. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of more than twenty years and their two children.
Allyson Ryan is an Earphones Award-winning voice actress who can be heard in commercials, promos, animation, and audiobooks. She has extensive experience on stage and television. In New York, she acted in and directed more than thirty plays. Her television credits include roles on Eleventh Hour, Law & Order, and One Life to Live. She has also appeared as Mom in several television commercials. Advertising Age nominated her for a Bobby Award in the best actress category for her work as the Duracell mom.
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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.