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The Widow: A Monster Horror Novel (The Arachnoid Chronicles Book 1)

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Entomologist at the Royal Entomological Society, Aaron Pike is tasked with locating Professor Philip Jackson, a renowned arachnologist, who has gone missing. Jackson is needed to help investigate a spate of black widow attacks in London. Reluctantly, Aaron takes young assistant Adele with him to Jackson’s home, which has been left derelict for some time. After visiting Jack Entomologist at the Royal Entomological Society, Aaron Pike is tasked with locating Professor Philip Jackson, a renowned arachnologist, who has gone missing. Jackson is needed to help investigate a spate of black widow attacks in London. Reluctantly, Aaron takes young assistant Adele with him to Jackson’s home, which has been left derelict for some time. After visiting Jackson’s lab, Aaron finds out that Jackson hasn’t been seen in months. With the help of Jackson’s former assistant, Celia, Aaron and Adele unearth a shocking secret, experiments that Jackson and disgraced geneticist, Jonas Eckstein, have been conducting in secret on exotic spiders. Recently widowed urban photographer Zoe Hardcastle visits Abney Park Cemetery where she is bitten by a black widow spider. After a lengthy spell in hospital, Zoe is amazed to find that she is in exceptional shape. Her body is changing, growing stronger. And while she grows in strength, so does her desire to have a baby. Aaron’s investigation leads him to Aldwych Station, an abandoned subway beneath the streets of London, where he comes face-to-face with pure terror. Nothing could prepare him for what he encounters in the tunnels below—the home of The Widow.


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Entomologist at the Royal Entomological Society, Aaron Pike is tasked with locating Professor Philip Jackson, a renowned arachnologist, who has gone missing. Jackson is needed to help investigate a spate of black widow attacks in London. Reluctantly, Aaron takes young assistant Adele with him to Jackson’s home, which has been left derelict for some time. After visiting Jack Entomologist at the Royal Entomological Society, Aaron Pike is tasked with locating Professor Philip Jackson, a renowned arachnologist, who has gone missing. Jackson is needed to help investigate a spate of black widow attacks in London. Reluctantly, Aaron takes young assistant Adele with him to Jackson’s home, which has been left derelict for some time. After visiting Jackson’s lab, Aaron finds out that Jackson hasn’t been seen in months. With the help of Jackson’s former assistant, Celia, Aaron and Adele unearth a shocking secret, experiments that Jackson and disgraced geneticist, Jonas Eckstein, have been conducting in secret on exotic spiders. Recently widowed urban photographer Zoe Hardcastle visits Abney Park Cemetery where she is bitten by a black widow spider. After a lengthy spell in hospital, Zoe is amazed to find that she is in exceptional shape. Her body is changing, growing stronger. And while she grows in strength, so does her desire to have a baby. Aaron’s investigation leads him to Aldwych Station, an abandoned subway beneath the streets of London, where he comes face-to-face with pure terror. Nothing could prepare him for what he encounters in the tunnels below—the home of The Widow.

30 review for The Widow: A Monster Horror Novel (The Arachnoid Chronicles Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    August Reads

    4,2 estrellas en realidad. LA VIUDA: CRÓNICAS ARÁCNIDAS. Excelente novela de terror y ciencia ficción, actualmente sin traducción al español y que nos lleva a los oscuros tuneles abandonados del metro de Londres para enfrentarnos a una enorme araña mutante. Acá conocemos a Aarón y Zoé en dos líneas argumentales distintas que terminarán colisionando al final. El primero es un cientifico que se verá obligado a hacer de detective tras la desaparición del conocido profesor Philip Jackson. Mientras que 4,2 estrellas en realidad. LA VIUDA: CRÓNICAS ARÁCNIDAS. Excelente novela de terror y ciencia ficción, actualmente sin traducción al español y que nos lleva a los oscuros tuneles abandonados del metro de Londres para enfrentarnos a una enorme araña mutante. Acá conocemos a Aarón y Zoé en dos líneas argumentales distintas que terminarán colisionando al final. El primero es un cientifico que se verá obligado a hacer de detective tras la desaparición del conocido profesor Philip Jackson. Mientras que Zoé, de visita en un cementerio, terminará siendo picada por una rara especie de viuda negra qué la llevara a experimentar una horrorosa transformación. Muy buena novela, de fácil lectura, sin relleno y con excelente descripciones y escenas muy bien logradas que de verdad me causaron repelús. El autor es bastante bueno envolviendonos en la historia, que aunque pareciera el guión de una película serie "B" de bajo presupuesto, logra dejarte un muy buen sabor de boca al punto que hasta antes de llegar al final pensé incluso en darle nota perfecta, 5 estrellas. Y es que en lo único que "falla" el autor, y al decir "falla" me refiero a que baja un poco el listón no a que fracasa estrepitosamente, es en que una vez que las dos líneas argumentales colisionan acelera demasiado las cosas entregándonos todo en un único capítulo final donde se queda algo corto en meter tensión y describir un enfrentamiento con la viuda negra que esté más a la altura, un par de cosas ocurren fuera de foco, como se suele decir. Por lo demás, cuando todo termina, el autor agrega un capítulo más (a mi parecer innecesario), ya alejado de la trama, con la idea de abrir algunas líneas argumentales para la secuela. Secuela que, pese a que disfrute un montón está primera parte, aún no sé si leeré dado la naturaleza autoconclusiva de este primer libro. Pese a ello, excelente novela. ¡La recomiendo!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Absolutely, bloody, brilliant!!!!!! I seriously don't know how else to explain it, because just wow!!!! This was the first book by D.C.Brockwell that I've read, and to be honest, one of the first of this genre that I've actually stuck with, read fully and absolutely loved! So so well written, I felt like I was living the life of Zoe and Aaron, as well as other characters, as I read the book. I was on the edge of my seat at so many points during the book, it was brilliant. Honestly can't recommend T Absolutely, bloody, brilliant!!!!!! I seriously don't know how else to explain it, because just wow!!!! This was the first book by D.C.Brockwell that I've read, and to be honest, one of the first of this genre that I've actually stuck with, read fully and absolutely loved! So so well written, I felt like I was living the life of Zoe and Aaron, as well as other characters, as I read the book. I was on the edge of my seat at so many points during the book, it was brilliant. Honestly can't recommend The Widow enough! And can't wait to read more books by D.C.Brockwell. I received a free copy of this book and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dean Lombardo

    For scifi-horror fans, The Widow hatches a creepy tale that crawls off the page and is sure to make both arachnophobes and arachno-philes flinch and itch as if bitten. The gradual shapeshifting scenes were skillfully drawn, and the tense, scary plot builds until the very end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna Morfett

    For a relatively short novel this certainly packs a punch, and crikey what a punch that is. Scientists messing around with black widow spiders, what on earth could possibly go wrong???!! I mean there's enough films out there saying why this isn't smart! This is brilliantly written and keeps you completely on edge throughout. The tension is really high, and a really really creepy underground lair for giant spiders is my worst nightmare come true. If you are brave enough, you seriously should give For a relatively short novel this certainly packs a punch, and crikey what a punch that is. Scientists messing around with black widow spiders, what on earth could possibly go wrong???!! I mean there's enough films out there saying why this isn't smart! This is brilliantly written and keeps you completely on edge throughout. The tension is really high, and a really really creepy underground lair for giant spiders is my worst nightmare come true. If you are brave enough, you seriously should give this a go.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

    enjoyable monster story Fun genetic mutation story. It kicks right off and the action stays consistent. I,look forward to the next book in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    donna dixon

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    Dee Shirley

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    Anne P Williams

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