Cate Quinn: Black Widows

This review is written with thanks to Orion for my copy of Black Widows via Netgalley.


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 set on a remote ranch in Utah in the USA. This is not an area that I know much about, so I was pleased that Quinn’s words transported me here and gave me a flavour of the atmosphere that seemed so oppressive.

I love an unreliable narrator and Black Widows has three – in the form of Blake Nelson’s three wives, Rachel, Tina and Emily. The narration gave me some insight into the polygamous marriage, which I found fascinating, but as they all have secrets and can be economical with the truth, it added to the mystery and made me wonder what exactly had happened to Blake.

The Mormon religion and the practice of polygamous marriages is not a subject I know much about and I must admit to feeling slightly uncomfortable with the dynamic of Blake’s marriages, but I did enjoy learning more about how it works. Quinn’s research is incredibly detailed and this allowed her to add an extra layer to her characters and the plot.

As we reach the end of Black Widows, the tension ramps up a notch and there is a definite feeling of peril. I was holding my breath wondering how the questions that are asked throughout the novel would be answered.

Black Widows is available from Amazon.

One thought on “Cate Quinn: Black Widows

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s