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Black Widows: The Utterly Compelling (Marian Keyes) Thriller You Need To Read Paperback – 27 January 2021

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  • Publisher : Orion; 1st edition (27 January 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1409196968
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1409196969
  • Dimensions : 15.4 x 3.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Black Widows is a brilliant joyride in the company of three unforgettable women, sister-wives with nothing in common except their dead husband. Completely compelling and vividly told, the story plays with your loyalties and makes you question what counts as moral behaviour. This is a hugely enjoyable and original mystery with real heart, and I loved it ― Jane Casey

It's unusual to read a story that reveals a completely different life, but that's exactly what Black Widows does. A thrilling tale which twists and turns along an immersive desert landscape, with a surprising Thelma & Louise style ending that makes you feel proud of the sisterhoodAraminta Hall

Oh my God, THIS BOOK! Mormon man - three wives, living survivalist lives - is murdered. Each wife is a suspect. I could NOT put it down!!! Utterly compelling, nuanced characterisation, such atmosphere. I LOVED it! ― Marian Keyes

Quinn gives her readers an exquisite murder mystery, taking us through uncharted territory of off-the-grid, modern-day intentional communities. Black Widows is a steady, slow boil you'll be happy to immerse yourself inChristina Dalcher

I loved this book. It's both a fascinating glimpse into a hidden world and brilliantly twisty crime novel. Three wives, three motives, three utterly compelling stories ― Elly Griffiths

The marriage thriller given a wicked new twist. Claustrophobic, intense and absolutely gripping Black Widows announces the arrival of a major new talent into the halls of domestic noir ― Eva Dolan

Everything about this book - the plot, the characters, the telling - is strikingly original. And highly recommended. Brilliantly imagined, compellingly told, a tale of survival against the odds, told with insight and compassion. The voices of the three wives will stay with the reader long after the book is finished ― Chris Hammer

It's a great hook and a tremendous read - I thoroughly enjoyed this. The tension ramps up all the way to the end and I loved the relationship between the wives ― Harriet Tyce

Intense, gripping, superb ― Will Dean

Black Widows is an absolutely thrilling novel. I devoured it over a weekend, unable to put it down. It's a clever and completely original take on a domestic thriller ... Manages to be more than the sum of its parts: at once a fast-paced thriller and also a fascinating examination of Mormon culture and an extremely complicated and deadly marriage. Highly recommendedAlex Michaelides

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BLAKE'S DEAD. HIS WIFE KILLED HIM. THE QUESTION IS: WHICH ONE?

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Mrs A Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2021
Fans of historical thrillers will likely be no strangers to the excellent novels of C.S. Quinn. But for those who are not familiar with her work, her new contemporary thriller Black Widows– which she has written as Cate Quinn –will come as one heck of an introduction.
While she may shifted genre, Quinn’s storytelling is gripping as ever. Set in Utah, polygamist Blake Nelson has built a homestead in a corner of the state’s wilderness, where he lives with his three wives Rachel, Emily and Tina. His beliefs mean he is prepping for the end times but those catch up on him rather quicker than he might have been anticipating. He’s found horribly murdered and the only suspects are the women. All three proclaim their innocence, even as each throws suspicion on the other.
The story unfolds in a triple first-person narrative from Rachel, Emily and Tina. To sustain this over the length of the novel is no mean feat and Quinn pulls it off superbly. The reader is left guessing until the very end and is led down several blind alleys along the way.
A feature of Quinn’s historical fiction is her attention to in-depth research which brings great richness and depth to the story and adds to its credibility. She brings that strength to this contemporary novel. It shines a light into the dark corners of religious beliefs that oppress as well as the power dynamics that leave so many innocent victims in their wake. Even with such difficult subject matter however, her writing is never gratuitous but rather reflects the deep horror that we should all feel at such vile and sustained abuse of vulnerable.
If you’re looking for an engrossing, original page-turner that will keep you hooked until the last page, then this is it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget about sleep while you read this book
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