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The Wrong Family: A Thriller Paperback – December 29, 2020
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"The Wrong Family is your new obsession. It’s full of twists you’ll never see coming and you’ll be breathless until the end. It’s a suspense novel like no other. Trust me: you’ve never read anything like this.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover
"The perfect book for readers when one shocking plot twist is not nearly enough."--USA Today
"So, those sounds they always told me are just the house settling? I'm scared s*tless of them now, thanks to this book. It's not just a stunning thriller—it's a force of reflection, as full of empathy and truth as it is shocking twists and turns. Fisher's bold prose lays bare all our everyday malices: the way we judge other people, justify small evils, and sabotage ourselves with impossible ideals. THE WRONG FAMILY is a mirror—and no one wields a mirror quite like the queen of dark what-ifs: Tarryn Fisher."--Megan Angelo, author of Followers
"Readers of The Wrong Family will enjoy Tarryn Fisher’s usual twists and dark turns in her latest domestic thriller."--The Huffington Post
"Nothing is as it seems in this twisty new thriller."--Bustle
"A wholly original story of two women with dark pasts on a crash with one another. This smart, claustrophobic thriller will keep you up reading...and just plain keep you up at night." --Andrea Dunlop, author of We Came Here to Forget
"No one writes as authentically as Tarryn Fisher. She is truly a once in a generation writer and The Wrong Family proves that, yet again." —New York Times bestselling author Anna Todd
"Fisher’s latest thriller is electric, like riding a roller coaster in the dark. Hairpin turns plummet to heart-stopping depths. You won’t devour this book. It will devour you."--Tess Callahan, author of April and Oliver
"[A] twisty psychological thriller."--Refinery29
"Razor-sharp prose, a deliciously dark plot, and riveting characters--all the best ingredients for a sublime read from Tarryn Fisher."--USA Today bestselling author K.A. Tucker
"[A] gripping psychological thriller...vivid prose and well-drawn characters keep the pages turning. Fisher remains a writer to watch."--Publishers Weekly
"Tarryn Fisher takes the unreliable narrator to a fascinating place...[with] an explosive conclusion as the pieces fall into place."--ShelfAwareness
"Tarryn Fisher's prose is spot-on...just when you think you have the plot figured out, you turn the page to find your assumptions were all wrong."--Mystery Scene
"An explosive crescendo...Tarryn Fisher is certainly an author to pay attention to. Her ability to illustrate just how twisted and messed-up some family dynamics really are is top-notch, and never stops being fascinating."--The Nerd Daily
About the Author
- Publisher : Graydon House; Original edition (December 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1525810006
- ISBN-13 : 978-1525810008
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.96 x 0.84 x 8.91 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is told from two points of view and has an almost Parasite-like feel to it. Winnie is a mother to a young teenager who seems to have a terrible marriage. I am not quite sure what her motivation was throughout this story. Then we have Juno, who is a former therapist, living secretly in Winnie and Nigel’s home. It seems very unlikely that a stranger can go undetected in this era of Ring and Nest home security systems but there you have it.
Juno feels she must intervene in Winnie’s domestic situation before things get too out of hand. What ensues is a wild, violent and unpredictable story that just was not fleshed out enough for me. While I love a good domestic thriller, the violence felt heavy-handed and the plot twists just seemed too far-fetched for me. Sadly, ‘The Wrong Family’ was a miss for me.
Juno and Winnie. These are the voices throughout the story. Winnie the house owner who has a husband named Nigel and a son named Samuel. All their issues seemed. Normal. It wasn’t anything GASP worthy or thrilling it was...Dull. Juno the ex therapist who had become homeless in her lifetime was the never let things go type of person. The need to find truths and dig deeper into what is really behind this family was exhausting. I mean sure there were secrets and there were surprises and twists. But those turns were merely baby hops into something slightly more intriguing. TF did a good job with Juno’s description I guess I found her disturbing and Blegh which is as much emotion was stirred in me.
I didn’t really get engaged until about 60% of the book and then I went back downhill just wanting to hurry up and finish it already. TF books have always been jackpot but I don’t know why this was a crash and burn for me. It just didn’t have that clinging must devour page turner effect on me. Bummer.
Each of Tarryn’s words are important, they are strategically placed for the reader to interpret or misinterpret. Not everything is what it seems, it never is. There’s what you see on the outside and then what you see when you delve deep into the recesses.
So many secrets and so many lies. Each of them more detrimental than the last. Are you the saint or are you the sinner?
I really enjoyed the POV of all the characters in the book and after our beta read we had two clear teams, Team Winnie and Team Juno. Both characters were written exquisitely, I could put myself into both of them and feel things from their perspectives, but Winnie just spoke more to me. Both characters were trying to do the right thing always. This book was twisty and had turns you won’t see coming. I left this review super vague because I want you to go in blind. It’s for the best. Trust me.
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The writing is wonderful, the characters amazing, flawed, real, sad, honest and the story - well for me it was everything and more. I couldn't have guessed what was going to happen in a million years and that is what is so good about this book. I loved that Tarryn Fisher dealt with the problems we see around us all the time; homelessness was a massive deal in this book and hit my heart hard. Mental illness was another subject dealt with, boredom, restlessness, every day issues that effect someone you may know or even yourself. Yes, real life situations until they are not so everyday anymore and then it hits you like a punch in the face. This is what this author does best. I love how she doesn't always give you what you would maybe expect or like at the end of a book, flowers and roses maybe, HEA's - don't hold your breathe because this story will take you on the ride of your life. Angsty beyond belief, extremely sad in parts, at least it was for me and shocking a lot of the time too.
I loved it so much.
When I hear Tarryn Fisher is bringing a new book out I'm like a kid in a sweet store. I cannot wait to devour the twisty savoury sweet darkness that is Tarryn Fisher's mind until she has my head in a spin. This is one of those books when you close the last page quietly, look up and around you and say "F*** what did I just read !! An absolute gem of a book you won't want to miss. Perfection!!
Read along with a book club for this and most dnf’d it.
I struggled on. I made lots of excuses not to pick it up. Ever so easy to do something else.
And don’t get me started on the OTT repetitive descriptions
She had brown eyes...
She had blonde hair,
Her nail chipped off (it really didn’t, I made that last sentence up)
This really wasn’t a book for me.
Loved the cover, loved the design, blurb sounds wonderful......
I love a nice picket fence!
I’m aware someone spent time writing this book.
Grayson House.....you need to help her with her future books.
Colleen Hoover says on the front cover “ the wrong family is your new obsession, .....You’ve never read anything like this”
She’s right, but not in the way she meant it.
As I read The Wrong Family, I thought it was going to be about how to halt the breakup of a marriage. Nigel and Winnie’s marriage is a car crash but it had been beautiful. They had loved each other but it was the crack in the wall that grew and grew and all the monsters came tumbling out.
Then I thought it was going to be about making assumptions and judging people without the full story and how a little bit of knowledge could be dangerous.
Juno, a 67 year old homeless woman who is the end of her life, inserts herself in the family. She might be the one of the strangest characters I’ve met in a book. I didn’t like her, but she had my curiosity.
I think Tarryn Fisher meant for us not to like Winnie because her faults are laid bare. I also don’t think she meant for the reader to like Nigel, she throws his mistakes in our faces.
Not liking them didn’t matter to me as I sat watching the crack growing and ripples of the worst night of Winnie Crouch’s life went from ripple to tsunami.
Thoroughly absorbing and entertaining.
There is a glaring error near the start concerning how Winnie and Nigel met. Although it doesn’t explicitly say what year that was there is reference to how many miscarriages Winnie and Nigel go through before getting their son. Their son is 13 and the year is supposed to be 2020. Presumably they met prior to 2004 to make the timeline make sense. How did Nigel check Winnie out on social media? None of the common apps existed prior to 2004! FB, Twitter, Instagram even MySpace was only launched in 2003. Checking someone out and seeing their pictures online just wouldn’t have happened! I know it’s a small point but it really bugged me as I read it! Plus, it was an unnecessary detail as it didn’t add anything to the story.
So on to the story - The story is told from the point of view of Winnie and Juno. Winnie lives in her dream home with her husband Nigel’s be son Samuel. Juno also lives in the house and thinks she hears a massive family secret.
The characters are interesting but not massively well written. I felt I only scratched the surface with them.
The story would have been better if it was faster paced. Some parts are very interesting.
Overall, an ok read.
The Wrong Family is not a book I would normally pick up but when one of my fave authors recommended it I thought well why not. I can confirm It was not what I expected and yes i can totally blame the fact i never read the blurb, and thats ok, I own my actions on this one, I hate spoilers and blurbs are just that, an utter spoiler trap.
This book is almost too much like reality, Written in such a way i could envision it playing out in real life with its twisted plot and odd sense of foreboding the more you read. There are subtle hints of what to come and although you know they will happen eventually, you never quite can guess when leaving you fl