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Review | Black Widows | Cate Quinn

We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about Black Widows by Cate Quinn on the Random Things Tours.


Having seen a documentary on polygamists I found this thriller interesting.

Set in Utah where Blake Nelson is found murdered in the desert.  Living in a hidden stretch of land the police are convinced it had to be one of his three wives – Rachel the first wife, obedient and hard-working who was heard arguing with Blake hours before he died; Emily his youngest wife seemed to regret her decision and estrangement from her family; Tina was Blake’s third wife, a recovering addict from Vegas.

The chapters are told by the three wives, which is great to find out their thoughts of each other, Blake and his family. To begin with it seems impossible these women and Blake ever managed to live together as they all seemed so different. As you read on you discover how each brings a different aspect to the marriage.

Black Widows includes twists, characters to hate and at times descriptions of abuse.

A great read.

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Cate Quinn is a travel and lifestyle journalist for The Times, the Guardian and the Mirror, alongside many magazines. Prior to this, Quinn’s background in historic research won prestigious postgraduate funding from the British Art Council. Quinn pooled these resources, combining historical research with first-hand experiences in far-flung places to create critically acclaimed and bestselling historical fiction.

Twitter : @CathWritesStuff

My passion is helping others to find their own oasis, their own centre of calm. I’m a qualified Dyslexia Therapist, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Sleep Consultant, Parenting Programme Facilitator, Mindfulness practitioner, Mental Health First Aider and hold a crochet diploma.


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