Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

‘Black Widow’ is the 7th novel in Chris Brookmyre’s Jack Parlabane series. If I had realised that this novel was part of a series, I would have set it aside and started at the beginning.

Diana Jaeger is a highly skilled surgeon. As a child she was taught that doctors are men and has fought hard to get to the top of her profession. But her dedication has cost her in other areas of her life.

She ran an anonymous blog about sexism in the medical profession using the moniker Scalpelgirl. When the blog was hacked and her identity revealed, she became known as Bladebitch.

She has little time for friends and would like to meet the right man and start a family before it’s too late. So when she meets Peter, she is open to his charms and her longing helps her overlook his faults. They are married within six months.

But after they marry, the cracks in the relationship start to show and the relationship rapidly goes downhill. Where is the man she thought she knew? Six months after their wedding, Peter’s car crashes into a freezing river. His body is not found.

Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe it was an accident and approaches investigative journalist (and recent divorcee) Jack Parlabane. With his enquiring mind he starts to see holes in Diana’s story. He also starts to see a potential future with Lucy.

But it takes till the end of the novel, with a lot of twists and turns before we find out what really happened on that fateful night.


This was a riveting thriller and I was completely drawn into first Diana’s then Parlabane’s lives.

From the beginning it was clear that every situation could be seen in different ways and nothing was as it first seemed.

I enjoyed Brookmyre’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading much more from Brookmyre, starting with the first Jack Parlabane novel – ‘Quite Ugly One Morning’.


Book Published 2015


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