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Black Widows

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781409196976

Price: £7.99

ON SALE: 2nd September 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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He had three perfect wives
Until one of them killed him.

‘Oh, my, can this author write women!’ NEW YORK TIMES
‘Atmospheric and addictive’ THE SUN
‘I could not put it down… I loved it!’ MARIAN KEYES


Blake’s dead. His wife killed him.
The question is… which one?

Blake Nelson moved onto a hidden stretch of land – a raw paradise in the wilds of Utah – where he lived with his three wives:

Rachel, the chief wife, obedient and doting to a fault.
Tina, the other wife, who is everything Rachel isn’t.
And Emily, the youngest wife, who knows little else.

Rachel, Tina and Emily have nothing in common – except that they share a husband and a homestead.

When their beloved Blake is found dead under the desert sun, the questions pile up. But none of the widows know who would want to kill a good man like their husband.

At least, that’s what they’ll tell the police . . .



‘Three wives, three motives, three utterly compelling stories’ ELLY GRIFFITHS

‘Intense, gripping, superb’ WILL DEAN

‘A compelling read with a very dark heart’ OBSERVER

‘A brilliant joyride in the company of three unforgettable women – a hugely enjoyable and original mystery with real heart’ JANE CASEY

‘A sly, contemporary crime masterpiece. I loved it.’ ADRIAN MCKINTY

‘An engrossing, original page-turner that will keep you hooked until the last page’ (FIVE STARS)

‘Forget about sleep while you read this book’ (FIVE STARS)

‘This book did not disappoint in any way . . . A real page turner.’ (FIVE STARS)

‘I was enraptured all the way’ (FIVE STARS)


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 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
What's fascinating about this well-researched mystery is the window it offers on the extraordinary and disturbing world of people who believe they have found the true faith
Laura Wilson, Guardian
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 recommended
Alex Michaelides
Black Widows is also a riveting murder plot, and a delicate analysis of the relationship between 'sister' wives who have to live together, despite all attendant jealousies and privations. An amazing achievement.
This is a compelling read with a very dark heart
Alison Flood, Observer
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
Written with great panache, it superbly evokes the lives of all three women and the secrets they hide. This story lingers in the memory.
Daily Mail
Hugely entertaining
The i
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
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
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
Intense, gripping, superb
Will Dean
A gripping read
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
Part page-turning whodunit, part desert domestic noir, Black Widows is a sly, contemporary crime masterpiece. I loved it
Adrian McKinty
An atmospheric and addictive thriller.
The Sun
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