Black Widow

Black Widow

eBook - 2016
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Winner of the 2016 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the yearFrom Scottish crime master Christopher Brookmyre, Black Widow tells the potent story of a woman who thought she was too late for love, the man who falls for her ambition, and the secret selves that are poised, at any moment, to end everything. Diana Jager is clever, strong, and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism in medicine. 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 is 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 fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister Lucy doesn't believe in fairy tales, and tasks rogue reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling the Black Widow. Still on the mend from a turbulent divorce, Jack's investigation into matters of the heart takes him to hidden places no one should ever have to go.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2016.
ISBN: 080219012X
9780802190123
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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AL_ELAINE Mar 14, 2017

A strong-minded woman, Diana, is accused of murdering her husband, read while Brookmyre allows the main character to co-narrate and you, as the reader, are unsure whether she is unfairly maligned as a psychopath or just simply brilliant at emulating emotion. This book is cunning, with plot twists and omigosh moments, complete with a dysfunctional marriage and strange, but believable characters. A must read!

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susanchyn
Jan 23, 2017

The virtuosity that Brookmyre displays in this intelligent mystery defies description.

Whatever you do, do not read any reviews that leak out clues or even mini-spoilers. Any detail will taint the reading experience, for the plot edges forward in a very calculated manner. Pleasurable in the old-fashioned sort of way.

Expect twists. Expect unreliable narrators. Expect to be thoroughly entertained.

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nannerl
Sep 01, 2016

I've never read a book by this UK author that I didn't enjoy, and this one is no different. I'm surprised he isn't more well-known to North American readers. A page-turner with a twisty ending, just when you think you have it all figured out.

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