The Wrong Family | By Tarryn Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Thriller | Book Review

The Wrong Family
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. (Goodreads)    

 

 

 

 

My thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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