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Black Widows

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,989 ratings  ·  465 reviews
Blake is 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 th
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published February 4th 2021)
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Starla Pribble Quote page 71: “I guess since someone was driving in the vicinity saw the vultures and came to take a look, they haven't realized how remote the ranch…moreQuote page 71: “I guess since someone was driving in the vicinity saw the vultures and came to take a look, they haven't realized how remote the ranch really is. How freaky deaky unlikely it was that anyone other than us found him first.”
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Miranda Reads
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

100 days into 2021 and 100 books have been read. Check out my latest BookTube Video to see which ones are my fave!
The Written Review

Everybody loved Blake. Except his wives.
Blake Nelson, found murdered by the creek bed.

He is survived by Mrs. Rachel Nelson. And Mrs. Emily Nelson. And Mrs. Tina Nelson.

That's right - he was survived by all three of his wives.

The four of them live on an isolated homestead, and no one else is even aware of there being a home in that area.
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One husband, three wives - what could possibly go wrong? Rachel, Emily and Tina live on a remote property in Utah with their husband, Blake Nelson, in a plural, Mormon marriage. Blake goes out fishing one day and doesn’t return. His body is discovered with certain injuries and the police suspect murder. Naturally the wives become suspects as clearly one of them must have killed him, after all who else could it have been? But which one?

What follows is a superbly crafted story with many layers. Ev
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
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"I had the right husband, and the wrong wives."

But what happens when the "right" husband is found dead and one of his three wives is suspected of killing him? Who could have killed Blake? Which wife?

So begins the mystery. Black Widows is told through the POV of sister wives: Rachel, Emily and Tina. Rachel was Blake's first wife; she has a past that she would like to keep secret. Emily is young, anxious and estranged from her family. Tina, an ex-prostitute, came from the Vegas strip and has b
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mormon Blake Nelson builds a good life for himself in a very isolated homestead in Utah. He is found dead, believed murdered by his wife. Ok, but which one? Is it legal wife one, Rachel, quietly obedient or maybe sister wife two ex Catholic naive Emily or is it worldly wise sister wife three Tina, the ‘cuckoo’ in their nest? Each wife tells the story in their own way.

First of all, this is an original mystery that’s hard to put down. The story is character driven which works extremely well and I
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Blake is dead.
His wife killed him.
The question is: Which one?

That is the hook that sucked me right into this book and did not let go. This is a long book but truthfully it did not feel it and I had finished it just over a day. It is a slow burn of a story, with the past of each wife being revealed through chapters of alternative points of view. But it is so interesting and twisty that you just need to keep reading.

So which wife hated Blake the most? That is pretty much it... one of his 3 wives
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nobody really cares who killed the Blake Nelson, since he's the least interesting person in the whole novel. What we really want to know is how these three women ended up in this shitty situation in the first place?! Revealed in cleverly plotted snippets, their stories come together in surprising ways. The whodunnit runs all the way to the end, with a properly insane finale.

It's all a bit crazy, but genuinely fun. Well worth a read.

ARC via Netgalley
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
This appeared to be my type of book all the way - great cover, polygamist relationships, cult references, and murder - all things that generally intrigue me in a book. I've watched Sister Wives for years, Big Love was a big hit for me, and Target's new spring clothing line features a whole selection of FLDS Warren Jeffs-like prairie dresses, so I thought it was all a sign of a 5-star read. Unfortunately, as with Target's new clothing line, it was pretty much a big miss.

The book begins with Blak
Blake Nelson is dead. Which one of his three wives killed him? When it comes to a complicated marriage, the Nelson family definitely puts everyone else to shame. Blake's first wife, Rachel, is a committed traditional Mormon, but also fully believes in the plural marriage doctrine. Emily, Blake's second wife, is young and naïve, but truly is questionable in every sense of the word. Tina, Blake's third wife, is sexually explicit and a recovering addict. All three have complicated relationships wit ...more
Louise Wilson
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Polygamist Blake Nelson built a homesteadon a hidden stretch of land where he lives with his three wife's:

The first wife, Rachel is obedient and doting to a fault, but she's a past she'd prefer to keep quiet.

The second wife, Tina is the rebel, everything Rachel isn't. Straight from rehab and the Vegas Strip.

The third wife, Emily is the young one who's naive and scared. She's estranged from her Catholic family. The only thing the women have in common was Blake. Until all three are accused of his
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book started out strong – quite the page-turner at first so that I wanted to plop down on the couch and do nothing else but read for the rest of the day. But, by the time I got to 50%, I no longer cared who killed Blake Nelson.

Quinn is a skilled writer. And the background of the characters was fascinating. Not only did it deal with the much-misunderstood Church of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS), along with a more extreme form of that religion as well (polygamists), but it also delved into a th
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rachel, Emily and Tina live with their husband Blake Nelson on an isolated property in Utah. The three wives come from very different backgrounds but all live together in their Mormon marriage.

When Blake is found dead with suspicious injuries after he had gone out fishing, the police suspect the three wives. Which one hated him the most? It soon becomes apparent that there is tension between the wives and that they do not trust one another and are quite happy to point the finger.

This is such a g
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Blake's dead. His wife killed him.
The question is: which one?

The only thing the three women had in common was their husband.
And, as of this morning, that they're each accused of his murder.

Blake Nelson moved into a hidden stretch of land - a raw paradise in the wilds of Utah - where he lived with his three wives:

Rachel, the chief wife, obedient and doting to a fault.
Tina, the other wife, who is everything Rachel isn't.
And Emily, the youngest wife, who knows little else.

When thei
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Three wives.
One murdered husband.
Who killed Blake?

Rachel is the first wife of polygamist, Blake Nelson. She was rescued from a cult and now runs the household and canning operation. She is in charge of the cooking and cleaning and ensures their survival through the end of days. But Blake isn’t satisfied yet. He soon takes two more wives, Emily and Tina, completing their family unit. However, he doesn’t plan for the fact that they all hate each other. When Blake is brutally murdered, all three wi
Stay Fetters
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
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"I told you, honey, we’re outlaws, living God’s word.”

It's no secret that I'm weird and that I love to read weird books with bizarre topics. My favorite things to read are about serial killers, insane biographies, and books about cults. So this one jumped right out at me when I read the synopsis.

It started off with me zooming through pages because there was this need to gather all the information that I could. But then I felt as if I was a dog chasing its own tail. Information kept being repeat
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book through Bookbrowse for an honest review.
Not your usual husband/wife thriller - one husband, three wives, with more wives on the way? One may never know because Blake is dead and all three wives are suspects. Through the story, with each wife telling their version, both with Blake and each other, their respective pasts are revealed. All three are untrustworthy, so which one comes closest to actually telling the truth. The subject matter about polygamy, and the parts
Kelli Spear
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Long, but pretty good!

I wasn’t in love with the whole polygamy aspect, but since it was more of a thriller, it worked out in the end.

The women were all so different in the beginning. The idea that they all loved the same man was baffling. And that he loved them even more so. Seeing him from their different points of view made me despise him. I don’t know if he ever truly loved them, honestly. It mostly felt he was abusing his power, religion, and situation.

Uncovering his murderer was a lot of
Natalie "Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle" Rampling
Phew. I need a minute.
This was a dark, dark book. I had no idea which way it would turn by the end. Lots of twists, cleverly dropped at the end of each chapter to keep the reader engaged, and lots of grim secrets to discover. By the end of the book, it's hard for the reader to really work out what the biggest twist was, there were so many!
Add to that a whodunit, and I am SOLD! I changed my mind so many times I got dizzy!
I loved each chapter being from a different character, the three wives wer
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

‘You think my husband would have been murdered? My voice comes out all throaty. Like the words can’t get past the grief. ‘Everybody loved Blake. Who would want to hurt him?’

Travel and lifestyle journalist Cate Quinn branches away from her previous work to produce her first modern thriller. A gripping and page turning read, inciting much speculation, Black Widows is a dark whodunnit.

When Blake Nelson is found murdered in a remote location in Utah, he leaves be
Jan 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I’m sorry, I don’t like to give negative reviews but this is one of the worst books I’ve read in a long time. I’m sure a lot of people will think it is wonderful, but I wasn’t interested in the story and I found it slow and boring. No way could I call it ‘a gripping murder mystery with a killer hook’. It seemed to go on … and on … and on. I began to lose interest in the second chapter when I spotted the first error (How some soul-searching’ …). OK, it might only ...more
Tonya S.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is one of the most original thrillers I've read in a while. Blake Nelson was a polygamist, a man who believed that having multiple wives brought him closer to Christ. But even in Utah, plural marriage is frowned upon by the LDS community, which has driven Blake to an extremely remote ranch in the desert, with his wives Rachel, Emily, and Tina. When Blake is found murdered at his fishing spot on the property, the cops know it had to be one of the wives. The race to uncover what Blake ha ...more
Sarah Prendergast (lifeandbookswithme)
Blake is a devout religious man and has taken on the belief of religious marriage. When he is found murdered on his isolated desert ranch, his three wives are become suspects. When the police dig in, they discover all the wives have motive to want Blake dead. An investigation unfurls and dives into each of the wives pasts, leaving no stone unturned.

This book has a bunch of topics which interest me which is why I wanted to read it to begin with. It covers cults, plural marriage and religion. The
Nessa Luna [October Tune]
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion in any way.

M.  [storme reads a lot]
Mormons are so interesting to me. Make it polyg Mormons and I’m living for it. I had no clue what was going to happen with this one. Page turning! I loved it
Beas Chattaraj
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What do you expect when a man marries thrice and doesn't get divorced at all. All these three resenting wives in one home, trying to adjust to his ways, preparing for the end of days? Also it doesn't help that the house is in the middle of nowhere in the desert in Utah. Well, you can certainly expect him to die mysteriously. And who killed him? Well, that's what this book is for, innit?
Rachel, sister-wife one: pious, dutiful, secretive and has a traumatic past.
Emily, sister-wife two: timid, curi
Feb 14, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t get the impression from the book or interviews with the author that she was familiar with the LDS church (commonly known as Mormons) and how the characters in this book were far from the norm. She refers to them as “Mormon” in the book and in interviews but the official church doesn’t recognize polygamy and those who practice it are part of an unaffiliated fundamentalist offshoot. She also seems to confuse that with evangelical Christianity which isn’t the same thing either. Her formerl ...more
Kim McGee
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
3 sister wives and one dead husband. They all have a past they haven't shared and they all don't totally trust the other wives. Their husband had his secrets too. With every turn of the page I had a new suspect and then you go to the next wive's chapter and voila a new suspect. The deeper you delve into the world of polygamous marriages and crazy cults of some of the stranger sects of Mormons the stronger these women become in your eyes. Rachel is the first wife and she is no stranger to the dev ...more
Jamie Jones Hullinger
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am always a sucker for anything to do with the FLDS. So reading a description that revolved around a murder and the 3 sister wives are the primary suspects was too good to pass up. Overall this was a compulsive story to read over a weekend. I found the dynamic between the sister wives to be well done. Having one wife who was was raised in the religion and the other two wives to be brought in as outsiders was a good move. I
Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
Highly enjoyed and was surprised by a few turns, which is difficult to do with the amount of thrillers I read. I also appreciated the detectives storyline in trying to build and find evidence but would have loved more on-page time, though I know the book was more about the sister wives.

Spoilers in the content warnings!
CW: fire, death of a spouse, strangulation, drug use (off-page), sexual assault of children, sexual assault, incest, miscarriage, death of infant, trauma, domestic abuse
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Blake Nelson is found dead in the middle of the desert, suspicion automatically points towards his wife. But which one? Rachel, Tina and Emily are part of the mormon community and all are married to Blake. Tension has been building so which one snapped?

I really enjoyed this! The background cult story kept me hooked. I liked how the wives all had completely different and complex personalities.

I don't know how accurate this was towards the mormon religion but it was fascinating to read about.
Jan 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
While this story was interesting enough for me to finish, it was disappointing in several ways. The copy I read had many and frequent editing errors, but as an advanced copy, perhaps those will be corrected by the time it is published. More concerning, however, were the content errors that were so numerous they went from merely distracting to actually offensive.

Ms Quinn lives in the UK. This book is set in the deserts of Utah, among fundamentalist and mainstream Mormons. It is entirely evident
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