Not A happy family – book review

Review at a glance: If you are not a fan of the author, you can skip this one.


Genre: Thriller
Number of Pages: 349
Author: Shari Lapena


Story: 3.5/5
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Captivating (On the scale of 5): 4/5
Overall: 4/5


– Plot: The Mertons gather for the Easter dinner. The parents died on the night and all three children can be the murderer. Children are happy that finally, they won’t hear the sarcastic comments coming from the father Fred. The murder is gruesome and everyone is a suspect.

– Why it should be read: Because of the writing style. Because of the way the author hooks you from the very first page of the book. Because of the thrilling manner, the author reveals the story.

– Where it lacked: The mystery is kept hidden cleverly but once it gets out, it doesn’t leave you bewildered. The story is quite simple once you have finished the book. You’ll not feel content. There’s nothing to be remembered after you have finished the book.

– Verdict: I am a fan of Shari Lapena’s writing and she is one of the very few authors who will release the book and the next day, I’ll order them without giving any second thought. The book is good but not her best. If you are not a fan of the author, you can skip this one. If you want to start reading the author, go for The Couple next door. It was fabulous.

Book Blurb: In this family, everyone is keeping secrets–especially the dead. Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there. And they don’t come much richer than Fred and Sheila Merton. But even all their money can’t protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered the night after an Easter Dinner with their three adult kids. Who, of course, are devastated.

Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their capricious father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of them is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did one of them snap after that dreadful evening? Or was it someone else that night who crept in with the worst of intentions? It must be. After all, if one of your siblings was a psychopath, you’d know.

Wouldn’t you?

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