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Black Widows: A Domestic Thriller Hardcover – 9 February 2021

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  • Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (9 February 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1728220467
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1728220468
  • Dimensions : 15.88 x 3.38 x 23.5 cm
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"Black Widows is a tense portrayal of an unconventional family and the secrets each one of them carries. With the murder of their husband, three sister wives must contend with their own pasts while suspecting the others of the crime. Quinn masterfully paints each woman with a different brush, making her unique, compelling...and suspicious. As tensions unravel and secrets are revealed, you will race to the end, watching the puzzle assemble into a picture you never imagined." - Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight<br \><br \>"Black Widows is a bombshell of a suspense novel! The story unfolds through three sister-wives married to the same man, and each woman is unique, fascinating, and full of surprises. This tantalizing and troubling story will keep you guessing right up to the end." - Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It<br \><br \>"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 in." - Christina Dalcher, international bestselling author of Vox and Master Class<br \><br \>"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, author of The Burning and How to Fall<br \><br \>"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 sisterhood." - Araminta Hall, author of Our Kind of Cruelty<br \><br \>"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, international bestselling author of The Break and Grown Ups<br \><br \>"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, author of the Dr. Ruth Galloway mysteries<br \><br \>"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, author of the Zigic and Ferreira series

"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, international bestselling author of Scrublands and Silver

"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, international bestselling author of Blood Orange

About the Author

Cate Quinn is a bestselling historical thriller novelist in the UK under the name C.S. Quinn--her Charlie Tuesday series for Thomas & Mercer UK sold over 350,000 copies across four books, and 35,000 ebooks in the U.S. She is also a travel and lifestyle journalist for The Times, The Guardian, and The Mirror, alongside many magazines. This is her first novel as Cate Quinn.

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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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