‘The Family’ by Louise Jensen
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Published: HQ | 3rd October 2019
Swathi’s Rating: 4/5
Verdict: A Brilliantly crafted minefield of lies, that detonates at the most unexpected moment giving the readers an almost heart attack!
About the Book:
COULD ONE MOTHER’S MISTAKE COST HER DAUGHTER EVERYTHING?
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…
Laura and Tilly have just lost their husband/father Jason in an accident where he fell from the top of the building. As they mourn his death, they’re also being sued for her husband’s business and Laura is about to lose everything – her little floral shop, her house, Tilly’s education and most of all their normal lives!
Amidst all the madness that’s going on, a depressed Laura meets Saffron one day at her shop when the young woman offers her solution – Alex. Alex is an attorney who deals with petty cases and could Laura for free and she could stay at their community home until it’s sorted out. Well, poor Laura having nowhere to go, decides to take the offer, leaves her home and goes to the community home with Tilly.
It’s an odd place, acres and acres of forest, an old farmhouse converted into a dorm, a guesthouse where Saffron stays with other two ladies Hazel and Daisy. Alex has his own cottage in the woods. As the place looks serene in the daylight, it is obviously creepy and unsettling when it gets darker. Soon things start going wrong, very wrong, until it results in body count.
There’s so much more to this book than the carefully crafted minefield of lies that reveal themselves at the most unexpected moments, leaving the reader gaping with utter shock! The pace of the narration is incredibly rapid, as the chapters shuffle between the mother and daughter. It also makes the reader the inside-man who knows what’s happening, when things get very wrong between the two of them. The psychological effect Laura pours into her words are incredibly strong and highly addictive. I think I was terrified at first as the story started creeping in, then I felt bad for Laura and Tilly, and then there was anger and confusion. Finally, the sense of satisfaction that I’ve just completed reading an incredible book that could very easily be one of the top thrillers I’ve read this year!
Many thanks to HQ for having me on the blog tour and the opportunity to read this great book. Laura Jensen just a brilliant, brilliant storyteller and I’m going to be reading every single book she writes in future.
All opinions are solely mine and in no way biased.
Meet the Author:
Louise Jensen is a global No.1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Louise has sold over a million English language books and her novels have been sold for translation to twenty-five territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal
bestsellers’ lists. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award and The Guardian’s Not the Booker 2018. The Gift has been optioned for TV and film.