The Wrong Family | By Tarryn Fisher
Mystery Thriller | Book Review
Narrative and Plot
I was apprehensive about this book because of my experience with the previous book, The Wives from the same author. But each book is different and I tried my best to keep an open mind. The Wrong Family starts with the right amount of intrigue that a thriller demands. You have two narrators – Juno and Winnie. While you try to catch up with the events of the book, you are also puzzled about the narrators as well.
Characters and Conflicts
From the beginning, I was expecting to read about twisted and grey characters. The book didn’t disappoint on that front. Each character teeters between good and evil and there is no clear area where you can place your main characters. People are flawed and that’s basically what all the characters in the book point to. Everybody is focused in their own little bubble to look out for the other.
Juno seemed like a far more interesting character. However , she remained passive for the most part of the story. It would have been interesting to sew her confrontation either with her own demons or others.
The conflict once again gets to that point where you might want to frown upon using mental health as a plot device. However, compared to The Wives, it is far more justified here.
The Wrong Family is an entertaining one time read for the fans of suburban thrillers. The storyline follows the unraveling of what seems like a perfect family from the outside. It has both predictable and unpredictable elements that keeps you intrigued till the end.