The Wrong Family – Tarryn Fisher

Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 329
Release Date: December 29, 2020

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. 

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The Wrong Family is a twisted thrill ride that examines mental health, motherhood, and marriage. What makes The Wrong Family such a compelling read is Fisher’s deep dive into marriage and the strains that are placed on it by the couple themselves and outside forces.

The Wrong Family is told from two perspectives: Winnie, a wife and mother to Nigel and Sam, and Juno, an older woman living with Winnie and her family. Both Winnie and Juno offer differing perspectives on the plot thereby making readers discern for themselves who to trust.

The first 80 pages of the novel get readers situated in the story and with the characters as Fisher goes through Winnie and Juno’s seemingly mundane lives. Just as the narrative starts to lose momentum, Fisher hints at big secrets yet to be revealed and what’s to come for the characters involved.

I hope Fisher never gives up writing thrillers because she has a mind for it. The Wrong Family is twisted and heart wrenching with an incredible payoff. There are moments where you’ll feel sympathetic for one character then wholly disgusted in the next. Fisher strikes a perfect balance between keeping her characters just likeable enough that readers will never fully dislike a character.

The reason I rated the novel four stars instead of five is because I found some of Juno’ chapters to drag. Juno would go on long tangents that were unrelated to anything happening in the story. These moments do help readers understand Juno, however they could have been trimmed.

Overall, The Wrong Family is a thrill ride and a half as readers embark on a story full of twists and turns. The Wrong Family is one of those novels that will keep you up at night turning the pages to find answers.

***I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

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