The Black Widow: The true crime book of the year

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The Black Widow: The true crime book of the year

The Black Widow: The true crime book of the year

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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. It is entirely evident after reading this that Ms Quinn has never stepped foot in a Utah desert, knows nothing about mainstream Mormons, and very little about Fundamentalist Mormons.

There is substance beyond the plot twist here, and readers will find themselves fully immersed in the mindsets, backstories, and lives of this book's cast of compelling characters. As I reflected on my year in books while writing this blog post, it felt nearly impossible to narrow down my picks. Jason had scorned her, lied to her, behaved too badly for him to be left alive, forcing her to kill… again.

The mainstream Mormons she describes, however, are a caricature based on images of 19th century early Utah settlers and an amalgamation of early (largely discredited or abandoned) LDS church writings. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the Internet as revenge for her writing. BLACK WIDOW is complex and layered, featuring alternate narrators and timelines—and, to make things even more complex, the chapter headings don't tell you right off the bat which narrator you're reading next. What can I say a highly entertaining and well written thriller about love, marriage, abuse and murder.

One of the highlights of my trip was getting to meet and interview Christopher Brookmyre, an award-winning and internationally-bestselling Scottish crime author. Not that I lived in LV, but I've been around the block and I don't think LV natives say stuff like "I'm fixin' for a burrito" ? Blake's first wife, Rachel, is a committed traditional Mormon, but also fully believes in the plural marriage doctrine. As the trial proceeds, the court will hear how a driven woman acted out of the oldest and sincerest of motives: to be with the man she was destined for. However don’t let that put you off listening, I managed to get to the end by increasing the speed to x1.It is a slow burn of a story, with the past of each wife being revealed through chapters of alternative points of view.

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