Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

*My thanks to Netgalley and Little Brown for my copy to review*

About the book:

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder.

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 – and Diana on trial for his murder, 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:

Black Widow has been on my kindle for a while now so I decided to start it this week and it was an unexpected surprise! Packed full of tension and suspense, I was gripped almost immediately.

Doctor Diana Jager was a very interesting character. Strong, mean and dangerous in so many ways, Black Widow was almost a chronicle of her unravelling psyche at times.

With more questions than answers for most of the novel, the author has done a really good job of ramping up the mystery surrounding her husband’s death. With the introduction of Jack Parlabane, the book takes a darker turn as he works to uncover what has happened to Peter.

I’m not going to dissect the plot for fear of giving away any subtle nuances in the story but it’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed Black Widow. It’s an excellent psychological thriller, engaging and full of intrigue, I would highly recommend it!

You can purchase a copy by clicking the link below:

Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

Happy reading!


11 thoughts on “Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

  1. TBH I was a bit disappointed with Black Widow as I didn’t find it half as dark and funny as other Chris Brookmyre’s that I’ve read. Having said that, I haven’t read any earlier books in the Jack Parlabane series so maybe they’re all written in a slightly ‘straighter’ style.

  2. It’s the first I’ve read of his – although I have got the one before it, Dead Girl Walking here, plus an old one I picked up in a charity shop – but I was totally blown away by this – in fact, I haven’t reviewed it yet as, like you, I don’t want to give too much away. He really kept the tension up throughout, and every time I thought I had it figured out, her pulled the rug from under me! Diana was a fabulous creation (what a twisted mind he must have!)

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