Black Widows by Cate Quinn. (2021).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
The only thing that these three women had in common was their husband. And now they’re each accused of his murder. Blake lived with his three wives on a hidden stretch of land in Utah. Rachel is the first and chief wife, obedient and doting. Tina is the other wife, who is everything Rachel isn’t. And Emily is the youngest wife who knows little else. When their husband is found dead in the desert, the questions pile up but none of the widows know who would want to kill a good man like Blake. Or at least that’s what they’ll tell the police…
I really wanted to love this one. Polygamy and murder? Yes please, sounds fascinating. I did find this book enjoyable for sure, but there were a few things that made me drop my rating slightly. The biggest thing is that this novel is far too long; even though it’s great that we get to experience all of the wives perspectives, it did feel like it dragged a bit. And yet by the end I still had a few questions that I think were not fully addressed. All three wives are unreliable narrators which makes it hard to know exactly what was going on – lots of red herrings involved! As Rachel’s childhood is slowly revealed, it is clear that it was traumatic and horrifying and some readers may find these scenes distressing.
Overall: a slow burner suspense novel, readers will be stumped working out who killed Blake while being enthralled with the idea of a polygamous marriage.