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Black Widows: A Domestic Thriller (edição 2021)

por Cate Quinn (Autor)

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Título:Black Widows: A Domestic Thriller
Autores:Cate Quinn (Autor)
Informação:Sourcebooks Landmark (2021), 432 pages
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Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Landmark & Cate Quinn for providing me with an advanced copy of Black Widows in return for an honest review.

The story covers life in a polygamist lifestyle and the abuses that occur for many women & children.

Blake Nelson and his three wives; Rachel who was the original wife, Emily, who is the youngest and unprepared to be a wife and Tina who is everything that the other 2 are not.

The three sister wives get along to a point but there's some serious jealousy amongst them.

Blake is found dead and the three wives are suspected of killing him. He had enemies outside the marriage and
there are plenty of plot twists that keep you guessing as to who killed him and why. ( )
  Gotcha3613 | Apr 19, 2021 |
Black Widows is a sinister story about a murder and what led to the murder. Blake Nelson is a Mormon, and has 3 wives: Rachel, Tina, and Emily. Tina was an addict and had worked in Vegas, Emily was originally Catholic. All 3 seem to dislike each other, and all 3 are suspects in their husband's murder.
The story is told through accounts from all 3 wives. Each seems to have a motive for murder.
The book is complex with a back story about Rachel's past and her memories that haunt her. Tina is concerned about relapsing. Emily is a frightened adolescent, not sure how to be a wife. They uncover that their husband was involved in something without telling them.
I felt this story was confusing with the 3 voices, and the subplots. I also felt the story went on way too long. ( )
  rmarcin | Mar 24, 2021 |
Synopsis/blurb...

Blake's dead. His wife killed him.
The question is: which one?

The only thing the three women had in common was their husband.
And, as of this morning, that they're each accused of his murder.

Blake Nelson moved into 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.

When their husband 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 Blake.

Or, at least, that's what they'll tell the police...
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My take....

A cracking whodunnit from Cate Quinn with Black Widows, set against a back-drop of the Mormon faith and a somewhat unconventional family dynamic in Utah. One man, Blake Nelson and three wives, Rachel, Tina and Emily. Blake is dead and it looks like one of his wives has done it.

I liked the way the story unfolded with chapters alternating between the three wives and their perspectives on the situation.

Rachel ...the first wife, a troubled past, suppressed memories, secrets, obedient to a fault, naive and an innocent in the bedroom, jealous of her "two sisters"

Emily.... wife #2, the youngest, scatty, issues with intimacy, and at odds with her husband. She knows a thing or two about Rachel.

Tina..... wife #3, a former bad girl, found Blake and found some faith, a convert, a former addict and hustler with street smarts,

There's an ongoing police investigation into the murder with the likelihood that one of the above did it.
I liked how at varying times in the narrative my thoughts as to who the murderer was changed. The author did a great job in juggling all the balls and keeping me guessing. I liked the cops assigned to the case and their relationships with the women, at times levitating between support and an almost friendship to hostility and belligerence as they sought to solve the murder.

Gradually we learn more about the situation. Gradually the relationship between the three women changes from tense and resentful and jealous to one where they work together (mostly Rachel and Tina) to learn about more of Blake's secrets..... a possible 4th wife addition, a land deal, money issues, extended family relationships.... a lot of which he kept from the wives. We have a Vegas road trip with some bar-hopping as well as a raid on a church. It's all a bit of an eye opener for Tina.

I enjoyed learning more about the Mormonism and the splits and schisms over polygamy, which is still practised by a minority, but which is frowned upon by most. I got myself a crash course in their habits and values and the inequality between the genders. I liked the community apart from a community feel of the family of four and the friction and rejection of elements of them from the true believers - ie those more aligned with, for what of a better word, mainstream Mormonism.

I read this one in two days flat which considering its close to 450 pages long and one of those days was a workday, is testament to way in which I was absorbed by the story and the necessity to see what happens next. The multi-viewpoint worked well here, as you don't spent too much time in one character's head, so the perspective of the book changes frequently. No chance of boredom, or sense of drag.

Overall - a really satisfying, exciting and somewhat educational read.

4.5 from 5

Read - February, 2021
Published - 2020
Page count - 448
Source - review copy from published - Orion
Format - trade paperback ARC

http://col2910.blogspot.com/2021/02/cate-quinn-black-widows-2020.html ( )
  col2910 | Feb 10, 2021 |
Perfect for fans of the TV show Big Love and thrillers.

When Blake, a doomsday prepper and fundamentalist Mormon, is found dead on a remote ranch in Utah, the police instantly suspect his spouse. Only problem is, he has three wives, each with a potential motive. And each was alone at the time of the murder.

Each wife is keeping secrets, but it turns out Blake may have been keeping the most secrets of all.

I’ve watched several TV shows featuring polygamy, but this was an interesting look at a fracturing family. Each sister wife feels like a real person: Rachel, the first wife who grew up Mormon, Emily, who ran away from her Catholic family at 18 to marry Blake, and Tina, the former hooker and drug addict that Blake converts when he volunteers at her rehab.
Even though the wives hate each other, the author does such a good job showing the family through each one’s lens that you find yourself agreeing with each wife’s point of view.

This was well-paced, with the slowly revealing secrets keeping me turning the pages. I wasn’t sure who did it until the very end.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Asingrey | Feb 9, 2021 |
My thanks to the Author publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review.
A man is dead either by his own hand or his wife, but the problem for the police is which wife, the deceased had three. Thus begins a clever imaginative whodunit, a well written atmospheric engaging story. With alternate chapters of events before and after his death, seen differently through the eyes of the three women.
Recommended. ( )
  Gudasnu | Jan 17, 2021 |
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