Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

This book was free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Paperback will be published 01 November 2016


Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing.
Then she meets Peter. He’s kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she’s been waiting for.
Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance.
But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow…


My thoughts

A thriller that apparently gives you the killer at the beginning of the book, and then the author takes us back to the start and we follow the investigation through to the end.

As Diana tells us her side of the story, we discover a powerful, strong independent woman, a successful surgeon, who raged against the inherent sexism in the medical profession.

She meets peter and they marry within six months, but all is not as it seems and Peter’s work changes him, it appears he is having an affair and then steals £40,000 from his wife, the perfect motive for a murder, and then he disappears.

A well written, fast paced thriller and I was hooked from page 1, I could not put this down. All the characters are well written and as a woman I sided with Diana from the start, the other characters, especially with her husband Peter, and his sister Lucy, really came across as not quite what they seemed, yet we are meant to side with them, Jack the report, is well defined, a investigative journalist who doggedly pursues the truth and still came across as human and likable, even when the case appeared to be solved, he keeps digging until he finds the truth.

I would completely recommend this book to any one who enjoys thrillers and crime stories, this book has an ending that will linger long after you close the book.

5 out of 5*

About Andrea Pryke

I have been collecting Marilyn Monroe items since 1990 and the collection includes around 400 books, as well as films, documentaries, dolls, records and all sorts of other items
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