Black Widows by Cate Quinn #bookreview #blogtour @CathWritesStuff @RandomTTours @orion_crime

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Black Widows by Cate Quinn on my blog today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

Black Widows: Blake’s dead. His wife killed him. The question is . . . which one? by [Cate Quinn]


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…


Black Widows is a highly addictive read by Cate Quinn. I also thought it felt very fresh. I was drawn into the lives of the characters right from the start. The premise for this book sounded really chilling, and it made me want to read it right away.

We meet three women, Tina, Rachel and Emily. The three women are married to the same person, Blake Nelson. They all live together out in the desert and are all part of the Mormon Church. But Blake is found dead one morning, and each of the three women are immediately suspects in the eyes of the police. The question is, which one of them is the killer?

I was really intrigued by Tina, Rachel and Emily. I wanted to know if there were ever any tensions between them, particularly as they are married to the same person. For many, this would seem like a nightmare, but it is perfectly acceptable in the Mormon Church, encouraged, even. It’s part of what made this storyline feel fresh and exciting. They all come from different backgrounds, and it made me wonder how they coped soon after joining this new way of life.

The storyline grew darker as the novel progressed. I did feel for Tina, Rachel and Emily. They are now in totally unchartered territory. Their whole world revolved around Blake, and they don’t quite know what to do next. For Tina and Rachel, their next steps are to determine what happened to their husband and who killed him. As they begin to get closer to the truth, they uncover dark secrets which make them question everything they thought they knew about their husband. There are some disturbing reveals as Cate Quinn wraps the book the up.

I flew through this book, and I wanted to know why their husband had been killed. I also wanted to know if it was possible if either, Tina, Rachel, or Emily was responsible. What reason would they have to kill him? I thought that Cate Quinn delivered a very satisfactory ending and it took a direction which I did not see coming.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s intriguing, and it felt very different from what I have read recently in the psychological thriller genre. If you’re looking for something fast paced and instantly gripping, then you should definitely give Black Widows a go. It comes highly recommended from me.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 4th February 2021

Print length: 480 pages

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