'A celtic Gone Girl... guaranteed to keep you guessing' --- IAN RANKIN
*****WINNER Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year*****
*****WINNER Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for Crime Novel of the Year*****
Did she do it? Did he deserve it?
Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. 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's 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 fairytale romance.
But Peter's sister Lucy doesn't believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow...
'Black Widow is a stand-out thriller'
Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer
In Brookmyre's underwhelming seventh thriller featuring Scottish newshound Jack Parlance (after 2015's Dead Girl Walking), Dr. Diana Jager, who once had a promising surgical career, has moved from London to Inverness, where she has taken a less prestigious job, after her private blog, which railed on sexism in the surgical field, was hacked and her personal details were posted online. Happily, Jager meets IT guru Peter Elphinstone, and after a whirlwind romance, the two wed. Disillusion sets in when Jager finds Elphinstone, who's allegedly working on a top-secret tech project, to be secretive to the point of shifty. And then six months into the marriage, Elphinstone drives his car off a twisty road into a river. The body is never recovered, and he's presumed dead; Jager is soon charged with his murder. Elphinstone's sister asks Parlabane, who's struggling with his own marital difficulties, to find out what really happened. Despite some intriguing twists, Jager's story is unremarkable, and Parlabane does little to earn his title as journalist.