Welcome to the my stop on #TheFamily blog tour!! I’m absolutely delighted to share my thoughts with you. This is a new author to me but the premise of this book captured me completely! Here’s my thoughts:
The Family – Louise Jensen
Format – Paperback (ARC – 384 pages)
Publisher – HQ
Release Date – 3rd October 2019
ONCE YOU’RE IN, THEY’LL NEVER LET YOU LEAVE.
Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.
But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.
Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…
Getting to know the characters was absolutely key to my enjoyment of reading The Family. Not only did I feel very invested in Laura and Tilly individually, but I also yearned to learn more about their relationship with each other. Following the death of her husband Laura comes across as being in a very vulnerable position financially, physically, and emotionally. Tilly on the other hand initially appears quite strong, but also sheltered from the hardship that faces her. Yet we begin to learn that perhaps Tilly is holding secrets in order to protect her mother.
By joining the local community of Oak Leaf Organics I very quickly got the sense that things would not pan out well for Laura and Tilly. Alex, the leader, is charming but instantly rises suspicions as to what his intentions really are. The mother and daughter find themselves in conflict with one another as to whether to stay or leave.
There are a number of revelations and twists which add another layer to the relationships and loyalties within the novel. With each chapter being written from a different POV (Laura, Tilly, and Alex), the reader can really immerse themselves in every possible perspective of the events. Although the story also introduces a number of other key influences, the focus remains on the characters which I grew to love.
I found myself easily absorbing 100 pages in each sitting, as the chapters were short and left me wanting to know how the same events were perceived by the other POVs. The twists and shocking secrets sped up the pace of this book immensely although with still a few unanswered questions which left the reader to fill in some of the gaps for themselves.
A brilliant psychological thriller in my eyes, and I gave it a five star review on Goodreads. I’ve actually got The Sister by Louise Jensen sitting on my TBR shelf, so I’ll definitely be getting round to picking that up soon!
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Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.
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**Thank you to the author, and HQ for giving me the opportunity to read this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review**
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