I wanted to like this book more than I did. But I suppose 2018 has been this way, some very good books, some not so.
The story goes thus Robin a psychologist gets a phone call from her sister Melanie about a home invasion in which their Dad, step-mom Tara (who actually was Robin’s classmate and best friend and Robin’s brother’s ex-fiance) and her child Cassidy have been shot. She rushes home, has a lot of panic attacks, reacts in the story at the apt times, tolerates her sister Melanie’s snarky comments, brings Cassidy back home. Her lawyer boyfriend Blake also joins her, Melanie’s autistic son looks suspicious. And soon their brother Alec joins them. The entire family gets together after 5 years or so…. Around this shooting…
Another book by Joy Fielding, I have read some of her books, but this book was different, too placid most times till the last 20%, where the ending had the twists. The entire family and the extended family, all were dysfunctional, there were hardly any emotions. Robin was either having a panic attack or she was coping up with her sister’s rude remarks. Her face had a scrunched up look apparently — So she didn’t impress me
Her sister Melanie, was always angry throughout the book, she didn’t seem to care for anyone, including her autistic son, she seemed to be full of resentments — So she didn’t impress me.
Alec their brother, both the sisters don’t seem to know him, and neither did I get to know him — So I ain’t impressed.
Blake, the voice of reason, was the only one who impressed me. He hardly had any role in the book other than being a support to Robin. But he provided a certain aura of calmness to the story… But he was not part of the plot… So a good secondary character with no role…
The plot was a whodunit, who shot them all, revealed at the end with clues all over the book. The pace was good, slow at parts, as not much of a story did occur in the 2 weeks post shooting. The ending though dramatic was slightly unbelievable. But as I have been told, artistic license and all that…
I did read the book at one go, I skimmed over the parts where nothing happened, to leap over the ending.
But this is one of the rare times, I seem indifferent to the book. It took everything in me to write the review. My brain didn’t want to think about the book. So no idea if I liked the book or not…
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bonnier Zaffre and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3 stars
About the Author
JOY FIELDING is the New York Timesbestselling author of Someone Is Watching, Charley’s Web, Heartstopper, Mad River Road, See Jane Run and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.
Robin Davis hasn’t spoken to her family in six years.
Not since it happened.
Then they’re attacked; left fighting for their lives.
And Robin is back.
All families have their secrets.
And one of theirs may have put them all in terrible danger . . .
YOU CAN ALWAYS TRUST YOUR FAMILY . . . CAN’T YOU?
Publication date : 27th February, 2018
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Language : English
Available on Amazon
An indifferent read
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OK how come a doctor isn’t taking precautions.
Haha… Well I am just a reviewer😉 and an editor
First your a doctor na.
Ya I am kinda, maybe, somewhat..
I did edit your chapter didn’t I??
You did a wonderful job as editor for me shalini. Will never forget that but I thought you have just edited my chapter for fun but I dont know that you are a editor
For fun??? Nooooo… For fun I read novels😉
Sorry how many books did you edit. I don’t know that you edit books seriously I mean professionally.
I do light editing, as I did for you. I have been doing for many years for friends for their journal articles. Then I started for non fiction and fiction
Ooo super cool shalini I really don’t know that you are a editor great.
Multitasking is out of my code. Anyway professional editor had edited a chapter of mine. Cool. You should also write shalini.
Hahaha that’s where I am unable to. I look at computer, it looks at me. After 10min it goes to sleep mode then I sleep off
Lol Kk someday you will find a good story Kk . If free read priority remaining chapters. just read it if possible.
I hate pdf format. I can’t read pdf on phone. It doesn’t feel like a story then. Also I am kind of taking a break from reading
Cool take rest.
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