An intriguing mystery / thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end!
Black Widows by Cate Quinn
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…
Each of the chapters are told from one of the wives points of view, switching between them numerous times, which may sound confusing to keep up with but each of the wives have such unique personalities that you can easily tell which wife is telling her part of the story.
The wives are complex characters, with layers of secrets and past trauma that the reader slowly learns along the way. Not only did I change my mind over who had done it many times, I also changed how I felt about the wives at every chapter. I felt sorry for them, angry at them and was rooting for each of them at different points.
Religion, especially the Mormon community features heavily throughout however nothing is overly complicated or too heavy and all of the little things we learn about the religion along the way is needed to understand some of the actions that certain characters do. Alongside this there is also a ‘cult’ vibe which I think were my favourite parts. You are slowly given information on Rachel’s past through flashbacks she has and you can tell from the start that these are quite sinister and something terrible happened.
Chapters were very short and always left you on a mini cliffhanger which meant I raced through this book. I just couldn’t work out who had done it and did enjoy the reveal near the end!
Overall this was a brilliant ‘who-dunnit’ murder mystery / thriller that will have your head in a spin due to the amount of times you will change your mind over who think is responsible for Blake’s death.