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Black Widows by Cate Quinn – Review

Genre: Thriller
Published: March 2021
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 466
My Rating: 🦋🦋🦋🦋/5

He had a way of talkin’ to all of us, where you just felt what he was sayin’ was only for you. Like he could see into your soul or somethin’.

Cate Quinn, Black Widows

Rachel, Tina and Emily are all very different, but the one thing they have in common is that they are all married to the same man – Blake Nelson. Rachel is the perfect wife, always listening to Blake and trying to keep him happy. Emily is the youngest and most naive and Tina with her rebellious ways is the exact opposite of Rachel. They live on a deserted farm in Utah, away from those who judge them and their lifestyle. Then one day Blake’s body is found. Questions arise about who would have wanted to kill him. Each wife has their own back story and motive. They all become suspects, both to the police and each other.

The first words that come to mind when I think of this book is – disturbing, creepy, but absolutely captivating!

“That mix of hardness and neediness. Pull me close, push me away. Rachel has it. Emily too. We’re like an old T-shirt I saw once. Same same but different.”

The story is told from the POV of each wife. As the story progresses we learn more about each one’s life and personality. We also learn about each ones past and who they were before marrying Blake. I loved the rebel in Tina. A former meth-addict and prostitute with a troubled past and childhood wanting to turn her life around. Young naïve Emily who didn’t know what she was getting herself into. Rachel and Blake were college sweethearts and she was always eager to please him and to be the perfect wife, but unbeknownst to the other wives, she carries around a dark secret that she would like to remain hidden. They are so different so it is no surprise that they don’t always get along.

My first thoughts were, how does someone get involved in a polygamous marriage and why? But as the story progresses, we learn about what each wife wanted out of the marriage and why they agreed to it in the first place. I loved the character development and the details of the story. I didn’t care much for Blake or what we learn about him, but loved how the story focused on the wives own back stories and their dynamic as a whole.

The only criticism I have is that the twist didn’t completely blow me away, but the story itself was extremely captivating. Usually with longer books, I always worry that it might drag or be slow, but that was not the case with this book at all. I loved that the ending felt complete and that there were no unanswered questions.

This mystery thriller gets a big thumbs up from me!

Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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