Black Widow Society


In 1994 when South Africans were finally seeing the light of freedom and independence, three well-respected businesswomen – Talullah Ntuli, Edna Whithead and Nkosazana Dlamini – formed the Black Widow Society, a secret organisation aimed at liberating women trapped in emotionally and physically abusive relationships by assisting in ‘eliminating’ their errant husbands.

For fifteen years the Black Widow Society operated undetected, impeccably run by The Triumvirate with the help of their suave and mysterious hired gun, Mzwakhe Khuzwayo, a slick ex-convict meticulous in his responsibilities.

But as the secret organisation recruits more members, the wheels of this well-oiled machine threaten to fall off. Will Talullah’s controlling streak or Nkosazana’s unfettered material aspirations jeopardise the future of the Black Widow Society? Or perhaps one of the new recruits, unsettled by the reality of the elimination of her former husband, will lose her nerve and expose the workings of the group after all this time?

As the tension mounts, Black Widow Society builds to a chilling and bloody climax that will keep you guessing and riveted until the very last page.


“With the gritty streets of Joburg as a backdrop, Angela Makholwa delves with assurance into that most deadly of South African preoccupations: serial murder. Her protagonist is chillingly at home in the corridors of C-Max in a psychological thriller you might prefer to read with the lights on.”
– Jenny Crwyswilliams

“Not too far-fetched because I feel like there could be an underworld where women kill there husband for various reasons but I enjoyed how they started a society about something common; and story line is grasped early on. I really enjoyed the book because it was such a fun read, after all characters had been brought in and the dramatic links the story flowed well for me. The ending reminded me of Animal Farm where they say..”Everyone is equal but some more equal than others”. However, I could not put the book down; it was a really fun book to read!”
– Mamokete