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The Widowmaker

A Black Harbor Novel

Narrators: XeSands, Adam Verner

Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1250795977

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publication Date:12/06/2022

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)

A wealthy family shrouded in scandal; a detective tasked with solving an impossible cold case; and a woman with a dark past collide in Hannah Morrissey's stunning new Black Harbor mystery, The Widowmaker.

Ever since business mogul Clive Reynolds disappeared twenty years ago, the name "Reynolds" has become synonymous with "murder" and "mystery." And now, lured by a cryptic note, down-on-her-luck photographer Morgan Mori returns home to Black Harbor and into the web of their family secrets and double lives. The same night she photographs the Reynolds holiday get-together, Morgan becomes witness to a homicide of a cop that triggers the discovery of a long-buried clue.

This could finally be the thing to crack open the chilling cold case, and Investigator Ryan Hudson has a chance to prove himself as lead detective. If only he could stop letting his need to solve his partner's recent murder distract him. But as Morgan exposes her own dark demons, could her sordid history be the key to unlocking more than one mystery?

My Review

Hannah Morrissey returns following Hello, Transcriber with her latest, THE WIDOWMAKER, Black Harbor Novel— a dark, twisty, and atmospheric, gripping crime fiction filled with secrets, scandal, and menace.

A woman with a dark past, a wealthy family in the middle of a scandal, and a detective charged with solving a cold case will have readers glued to the pages.

Clive Reynolds disappeared twenty years ago. Now, a photographer, Morgan Mori, with her demons, returns home to Black Harbor immersed in the web of family secrets and deceit.

The same night she photographs a holiday party, she becomes a witness to a homicide of a cop that ignites the discovery of a long-buried clue.

What is the key to unlocking these mysteries?

The author dives deep into the town of Black Harbor along Lake Michigan's shores with vivid descriptions.

Alternating between the POVs of the two main characters, Morgan Mori and Ryan Hudson. The author draws the reader into the suspense and mystery of the plot lines that connect and become entangled.

The two work together to solve the crimes and how the dark secrets of the past tie together for a satisfying conclusion.

Haunting, Disturbing, Dark, Gritty, and Chilling — full of mystery and suspense.

For fans of authors Lisa Jewell and Ruth Ware. I look forward to reading more from the author.

Thank you to #MinotaurBooks and #NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. #SMPInfluencers #MinotaurInfluencers

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

My Rating: 4 Stars

Pub Date: Dec 6, 2022


“Mesmerizing, moody, and filled with menace, you won’t want to put down The Widowmaker. The future of crime fiction is named Hannah Morrissey.” ―Alex Finlay, author of The Night Shift

“The Widowmaker is impossible to put down and even harder to stop thinking about, with characters so fully formed, they walk right off the page, crawl inside you, and stick to your bones.” –Elle Cosimano, USA Today bestselling author of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

“The Widowmaker confirms Hannah Morrisey’s status as one of the brightest new voices in crime fiction. An unflinching look at two damaged people trying to do right in a world full of wrong, told in scalpel-sharp prose with a poet’s eye for detail.”

―Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The House Across the Lake

“The Widowmaker is absolutely enthralling. It’s moody and dark, with characters that are heartbreakingly real. Hannah Morrissey has become a must-read author for me.”

– Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

"Welcome back to Black Harbor, where the snow looks like ash and the people are darker than ever. Morrissey’s latest is an electrifying and unnerving exploration of privilege, justice, and the strength it takes to tackle a city’s grit and glitter in one fell swoop.”

―Tessa Wegert, author of Dead Wind

"An instantly compelling main character and unforgettable cast. A propulsive look at family and secrets and desire . . . gorgeously written." —Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

About the Author

Hannah Morrissey is a three-decade survivor of Wisconsin winters. Her education began at a two-room schoolhouse and concluded at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she earned her BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Between roles of bookseller and copywriter, she spent three and a half years transcribing police reports and contemplating her debut novel, Hello, Transcriber. She lives with her husband who is a police lieutenant, two pugs who sleep beside her while she writes, and a TBR pile that never seems to get any smaller.

When not writing, Hannah enjoys reading, rollerblading, kickboxing, traveling, and photography. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook. WEBSITE







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