Black Widow

Black Widow

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'A celtic Gone Girl... guaranteed to keep you guessing'
Ian Rankin

*****WINNER Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year*****
*****WINNER Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for Crime Novel of the Year*****

Twists abound in the brilliant new psychological thriller from master author Chris Brookmyre - perfect for readers of The Girl on the Train, I See You and Disclaimer.

Did she do it? Did he deserve it?

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...

'Black Widow is a stand-out thriller'
Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 32mm | 342g
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349141320
  • 9780349141329
  • 1,907

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A celtic Gone Girl... guaranteed to keep you guessing Ian Rankin
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'Brookmyre writes beautifully and describes an unfamiliar world vividly and credibly... I was hooked' -- Jessica Mann * Literary Review * One of Brookmyre's most accomplished books... razor sharp * The Big Issue * Has all the verbal and narrative energy of his best work. A pleasing mix of old and new, its country-hopping plot looks back to Grahame Greene and John Buchan, but the pop and media references are bang up-to-date -- John Dugdale * Sunday Times * Tense, intense and quite, quite brilliant * Jenny Colgan * Black Widow is a stand-out thriller, reminiscent of the best of Nordic Noir but with its own vivid landscape * Renee Knight (author of Disclaimer) * Chris Brookmyre does an exceptionally good job . . . making sense of a narrative in which truth and lies are inextricably entwined. The more I read, the more I was hooked * Crime Review * A briskly paced thriller with a sense of confident contemporary relevance * The List * A biting satire, nuanced enough to avoid polemic * Sunday Telegraph * Enthralling and entertaining * Daily Express * Chris Brookmyre has some claim to be the leading satirical novelist currently at work in Britain * Daily Telegraph * Black Widow does its best to evade you at every turn, demanding your full attention * Scotland on Sunday * Chilling, gripping and exquisitely unpredictable * Daily Record * A gripping, complex and classy crime novel. * Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine * It's only as you're racing through the final tense pages, full of betrayal, revenge and shocking revelations, that you realise the brilliance behind the construction of this utterly compulsive, whipsmart thriller * Sunday Mirror * This is mystery plotting at its highest level, all the disparate strands forming into a web and then into a knot that tightens around victim, detective and reader * Spectator * The story's characters are compelling and the mystery is evoked with scalpel-like precision * Daily Mail * It's a tour de force. It's such an important book, with fantastic characters - a really strong novel ... It keeps us guessing not just who did it, but why they did it, and cements Chris's place in the pantheon of great crime writers. * Elly Griffiths * I didn't know what was going to happen next in this epic thriller. I urge you to read it, too * Sun * Exceptionally good - a knotty mystery that's not just richly, provocatively political but one of the most perceptive excavations of a dysfunctional marriage I can remember reading.... Brookmyre plays a cunning, careful game * Guardian * Brookmyre opens with a dramatic court scene, followed by a series of clever twists that challenge the reader to work out who is the victim of an extremely sophisticated crime * Sunday Times * Black Widow is a stand-out thriller, reminiscent of the best of Nordic Noir but with its own vivid landscape * Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer * A celtic Gone Girl... guaranteed to keep you guessing * Ian Rankin *
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About Chris Brookmyre

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain's leading crime authors. His Jack Parlabane novels have sold more than one million copies in the UK alone, and Black Widow won both the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.
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2,966 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 39% (1,152)
4 43% (1,281)
3 14% (421)
2 3% (77)
1 1% (35)
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