The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler

Book Description:

The brand new thriller from the No.1 Kindle bestselling author of The Perfect Couple and Am I Guilty?

My family has just been reunited. So who is trying to tear it apart?

A mother who disappeared… 
When Beth was 10 years old, her beautiful, wild mother Alice disappeared. Beth’s life since hasn’t always been easy, but now she’s settled, with a successful career, a loving family and a beautiful home. 
 
An unexpected visitor…
Then one day there’s a knock at the door. Alice has returned. Desperate to rebuild their relationship, Beth invites her mother to move in.
 
A life that comes crashing down…
At first, everything is wonderful. But then Beth’s friends start to drift away, strange things happen at home, and rumours about Beth begin to circle. Someone is out to destroy Beth’s newfound happiness. But who? And how far will they go?

My Thoughts:

Beth is a single mother who works as a manager in a doctors surgery. She is on good terms with her ex and her life in general is going well. She has a some good friends in the form of neighbours and colleagues at work. The only thing missing from her life is her mother who walked out on her when she was a child. She is also hiding a secret from her past which has weighed heavily on her mind over the years.

When Beth’s mother unexpectedly turns up in her life, everything starts to go wrong threatening to ruin her life. I have to admit that I spotted the twists very early on in the story. Not sure if it’s because I read lots of books in this genre or it was my gut instinct that kept me on the right track but either way I was correct in my thinking. This didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this book though. I could appreciate all the red herrings and the build up of suspense and tension. What Beth was going through still affected me and I was desperate for the truth to be uncovered.

The Happy Family is very much a story of secrets and lies and how they can control us. Whilst I may have guessed the twists, this still made for an enthralling page turner of a read that I raced through. This is my first novel by the author and as she writes in one of my favourite genres, I look forward to reading more by her.

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