There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder.
Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance.
But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.
©2016 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"Tense, intense and quite, quite brilliant." (Jenny Colgan)
Really good storytelling. The story held our attention on a very long car trip from Melbourne to Sydney. It is rare to find a story to satisfy three people with very different tastes.
This book captures much of what it is like to be a doctor and much of what it is like to be in an uncertain new relationship. Apart from the realities that are presented in the book there is a great plot. The actors reading the book breathe life into it. Worth a listen and as good as Brookmyre at his best.
I absolutely loved this book. Had to get used to the male narrator and the Scottish accent at first but was soon immersed and did not want it to end. Brilliant writing style, educated and smooth. Would definitely recommend and am looking forward to read more by this author.
"A gripping listen!"
Exciting, emotional, gripping
The denoument - the story had me guessing right to the end.
I liked the way Angus King changed his accent when reading the female police character - I'm not an expert on Scottish dialects, but his was excellent.
I was stunned at the end - had an idea of what was going to happen, but was really taken by surprise.
A very good story which keeps you guessing.
"I guessed every outcome but was always wrong!"
A very complicated and detailed storyline which was well constructed. I liked the reporter who came across as a human being rather than a hack although the main characters were not likeable. Nevertheless - a very good and surprising ending.
I've listened to so many, it is difficult to say. The last half-a-dozen I've listened to have all been of excellent quality, and now includes this one.
Diana Yaeger. A very difficult character to pigeon hole. Is she the victim, the perpetrator? You need to hang in there until all is revealed at the climatic conclusion.
I haven't no, but I'll keep an eye out. Quality performance from both.
No, never do. Leaves you wanting for more if you break away after an hour or so.
I love Chris Brookmyre books. It is the first of his I've listened to though and I might down load another (old or new) for another dose to feed my addiction
Firstly it was a really well narrated book - real emotion felt and at great pace.
I have long been a Chris brookmyre fan and this is one of his best. I did not see the final twist coming and it was worth waiting for. Very cleverly constructed and I couldn't stop listening to hear what was coming next.
I loved it
"A delight to listen o"
I've always enjoyed Christopher brookmyre's books and this was no exception. I found myself taking the long routes on walks just so I could enjoy more of the book!
"Brilliant Gripping thriller Drama"
Loved it and found it totally gripping. Tails of a little towards the end but nothing that could spoil the story in any way Excellent story. Great narration.
"Intriguing, gripping Scottish Noir"
Considering how many books the author has written, I’m surprised I haven’t read one of his novels before, but, on the strength of this one will certainly be seeking out more of Chris Brookmyer’s books. Black Widow develops into a cracking good story. From the very beginning we know that the main character, consultant surgeon Diana Jager will end up in Court on a serious charge. On route to this scenario there are many false leads and surprises.
I now know that this novel is the second in a series featuring the investigative journalist, Jack Parlabane, and, although the novel ends up as a story of detection by him, and to a lesser extent the Inverness police, other themes are explored that make the book more interesting and the characters more real. For example, the pressures on women who take up the male-dominated medical specialty of surgery; the tensions in marriages where both have careers involving long and unsocial hours; the difficulties experienced by children of successful and/or very wealthy parents; and the downside and misuse of the internet features strongly in the later parts of the story.
An outstanding example of its genre that kept me listening eager to find out what would happen next.
The two narrators brought the various characters to life.
"pronunciation of the letter o"
enjoyed the story but really struggled to tolerate the male narrator's mispronunciation of many words!
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