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Black Widows

(2021)
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"While Quinn writes with spirit on weighty subjects like domestic abuse, polygamy and religious cults, her primary and most poignant theme seems to be female friendship." —New York Times Book Review

"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." —Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient

Blake's dead. They say his wife killed him. If so... which one?

Polygamist Blake Nelson built a homestead on a hidden stretch of land—a raw paradise in the wilds of Utah—where he lived with his three wives:

Rachel, the first wife, obedient and doting to a fault, with a past she'd prefer to keep quiet.
Tina, the rebel wife, everything Rachel isn't, straight from rehab and the Vegas strip.
And Emily, the young wife, naïve and scared, estranged from her Catholic family.

The only thing that they had in common was Blake. Until all three are accused of his murder.

When Blake is found dead under the desert sun, all three wives become suspect—not only to the police, but to each other. As the investigation draws them closer, each wife must decide who can be trusted. With stories surfacing of a notorious cult tucked away in the hills, whispers flying about a fourth wife, and evidence that can't quite explain what had been keeping Blake busy, the three widows face a reckoning that might shatter all they know to be true.

For fans of The Wife Between Us and The Dry comes a chilling murder mystery that takes a domestic thriller's classic question—"Did his wife kill him?"—and twists it into an completely new type of suspense.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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 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


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February 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Black Widows: Blake's dead. His wife killed him. The question is... which one?
Author(s): Cate Quinn
ISBN: 1-4091-9695-X / 978-1-4091-9695-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


February 2021 : Hardback
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Title: Black Widows: A Domestic Thriller
Author(s): Cate Quinn
ISBN: 1-72822-046-7 / 978-1-72822-046-8
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
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November 2021 : Paperback
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Title: Black Widows: A Novel
Author(s): Cate Quinn
ISBN: 1-72823-423-9 / 978-1-72823-423-6
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August 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Black Widows: Blake's dead. His wife killed him. The question is... which one?
Author(s): Cate Quinn
ISBN: 1-4091-9697-6 / 978-1-4091-9697-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


January 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Black Widows: Blake's dead. His wife killed him. The question is... which one?
Author(s): Cate Quinn
ISBN: 1-4091-9696-8 / 978-1-4091-9696-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


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February 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Black Widows
Author(s): Cate Quinn
Publisher: Orion
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Kindle Editions

February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Black Widows: A Domestic Thriller
Author(s): Cate Quinn
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


February 2021 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Black Widows: Blake's dead. His wife killed him. The question is... which one?
Author(s): Cate Quinn
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2021 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Black Widows: 'Utterly compelling' Marian Keyes
Author(s): Cate Quinn
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon AU