Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher


The Wrong Family
by Tarryn Fisher
Published: December 29th 2020 by Graydon House

From the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Wives comes another twisted psychological thriller guaranteed to turn your world upside down.

Have you ever been wrong about someone?

Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch.

Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore.

Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…

She shouldn’t get involved.

She really shouldn’t.

But this could be her chance to make a few things right.

Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.

From the wickedly dark mind of bestselling author Tarryn Fisher, The Wrong Family is a taut new thriller that’s riddled with twists in all the right places.

3 Stars

Juno just wants to live out the rest of her life in peace, she thinks living with the Crouch family is the best place for that. They're perfect, together, and there will be no need for her to psychoanalyze them, or so she thinks. Living with them has given her insights into their imperfections, the cracks in the marriage, the lies at the root of it all. An overheard conversation, a secret revealed. Juno begins trying to connect the dots, but she won't get them all right. She has a secret too and her assumptions, her own experiences, begin to overlap with the Crouch's.

What a twisted read. If you're a fan of unreliable narrators, several plot lines, and some insane twists, this will be the read for you. Juno isn't reliable. Winnie isn't likeable. Nigel is just stuck. And poor Samuel has the worst parents, ever. It's a suburban drama, but with Tarryn Fisher's insane writing talent and her willingness to go where no writer will. Told in three parts, from the perspective of Juno and Winnie, The Wrong Family is absolutely the craziest read for 2020. It's the kind of book where I can't say more without revealing too much. The secrets these women have kept are about to blow up in their faces.

I wanted to love this, it's my favorite author, but The Wrong Family was the wrong book for me. It's what I would typically love in a psychological thriller, but I never felt sucked in. I struggled with the first 20% and found that I just kept reading in hopes I'd finally feel that a-ha. I didn't guess the big reveals, which I did enjoy, but this one didn't have me invested. It's as wild as you expect for a Fisher novel and one I think many readers will enjoy, just won't be a re-read for me.

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