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.
I was somewhat disappointed by this book. I usually find this author wonderful from start to finish, but I found too much of this predictable. By the time we got to the 'big reveal' of the 'dramatic twist' I was actually cringing, it had been so obvious for so much of the book that I had hoped I was completely wrong.
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.
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
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.
"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!
It started off a bit slowly but I got so enraptured that I ran up to my hotel room during a client workshop just to keep listening.
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
"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.
"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.
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