Review: The Black Widow by Wendy Corsi Staub

The Black Widow by Wendy Corsi Staub
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 400
Source: book provided by Edelweiss for review



In a chilling new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub, one woman looking for love online is entangled in a killer’s terrifying scheme . . .

In the moonlight, shovelfuls of earth fall on a wooden crate at the bottom of a deep pit. Soon the hole will be filled and covered over with leaves, erasing all trace of the victim below, waking to the horror of being buried alive . . .

Newly divorced Gaby Duran isn’t really expecting to find her soul mate on a dating site like InTune. She just needs a distraction from pining over her ex-husband, Ben, and the happy marriage they once had. And she’s wise enough to know that online, the truth doesn’t always match the profile. Almost everyone lies a little—or a lot.

But Gaby quickly discovers there is much more at stake than her lonely heart. Local singles are going missing after making online connections. And a predator is searching again for the perfect match. One who will fulfill every twisted desire . . . or die trying.


Review: The Black Widow is set up to play out like scenes from a thriller you would go see in a movie theater. I was completely amazed by this story. At first I couldn’t figure out why there are so many characters but as the story gets deeper, it all comes together very nicely. The whole time I was reading, I could see the story come to life in my mind. The details are amazing. At the switch of nearly every chapter, author Wendy Corsi Staub leaves readers guessing and needing to read more to get their fill.

I’m not a big fan of books with a ton of characters because it is so hard to keep up with what is going on. At first, I thought it was very scattered and I was so aggravated with having to keep up with each character. However, I don’t think The Black Widow would have been such a great book had it not been written this way. It didn’t take long at all for me to fall in love with this book. In the end, all of the characters play a major role in the story. All of them have a purpose.

The Black Widow is absolutely thrilling. I was trying to guess what was going to happen next throughout the entire book and I never expected it to end the way it did. One specific character, Alex, kept the story interesting in a crazy kind of way. She may be the antagonist but she is my favorite character. I know I may be the only one that absolutely loves her but she is a very strong character and keeps the reader intrigued.

After reading The Black Widow, I will forever think differently about online dating!