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The Wrong Family: A Thriller Kindle Edition
"Not just an original story but an equally original plot twist...an emotional and psychological crescendo that will keep readers on their toes until its final page."-- "USA Today on The Wives" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Tarryn Fisher is the author of several novels. She was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and immigrated to America with her parents when she was thirteen. She earned a degree in psychology.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B082Z4VDNK
- Publisher : Graydon House; Original edition (December 29, 2020)
- Publication date : December 29, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1537 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,056 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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