Author: Louise Jensen

Louise Jensen is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Her first two novels, The Sister and The Gift, were both international bestsellers, and have been sold for translation to sixteen countries. Her debut novel, The Sister, was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016.

Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap dog, and a rather naughty cat. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at LouiseJensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

Photograph by T. M. Elliston.

#BookReview The Family by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @GrandCentralPub #TheFamily #LouiseJensen #GrandCentralPub

#BookReview The Family by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @GrandCentralPub #TheFamily #LouiseJensen #GrandCentralPub Title: The Family

Author: Louise Jensen

Published by: Grand Central Publishing on Feb. 2, 2021

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Source: Grand Central Publishing

Book Rating: 8/10

At Oak Leaf Farm you will find a haven.
Welcome to The Family.

Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.

But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new “family,” sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.

Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…


Review:

Dark, suspenseful, and unnerving!

The Family is a creepy, engrossing tale that takes you into the lives of Laura, a widowed mother, and Tilly her seventeen-year-old daughter as they each grapple with grief, community whispers, financial insecurity, and a new home on the Oak Leaf Organics commune where things may not be quite as they first appeared and danger might lurk around every corner.

The prose is tight and intense. The characters are vulnerable, secretive, and troubled. And the plot told from differing perspectives unravels quickly into a gripping tale full of twists, turns, shocking revelations, familial drama, lies, deception, instability, obsession, violence, and murder.

Overall, The Family is another sinister, entertaining, character-driven thriller by Jensen that does a wonderful job of combining the isolating atmosphere of commune living with unsavoury characters, poor choices, and eerie motivations.

 

This book is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

            

 

 

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Louise Jensen

Louise Jensen is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Her first two novels, The Sister and The Gift, were both international bestsellers, and have been sold for translation to sixteen countries. Her debut novel, The Sister, was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016.

Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap dog, and a rather naughty cat. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at LouiseJensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

Photograph by T. M. Elliston.

#BookReview #TheSister by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture @TheCrimeVault @littlebookcafe

#BookReview #TheSister by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture @TheCrimeVault @littlebookcafe Title: The Sister

Author: Louise Jensen

Published by: Bookouture on Jul. 7, 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 307

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Bookouture, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend. 

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home. 

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger? 

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?


Review:

Suspenseful, creepy and entertaining!

The Sister is a psychological thriller that reminds us of the mental and physical anguish that can be caused by abandonment, isolation, trauma, grief and revenge.

The main character, Grace, is a young woman struggling in her everyday life due to extreme levels of guilt, grief, and paranoia. And as the story unfolds, through a past/present style, we are introduced to all sorts of colourful characters that interact and intertwine to captivate and intrigue us until the last piece of the puzzle fits.

The story is well written. And the plot is fascinating and mysterious, with lots of twists and turns you won’t see coming.

Overall, this is a really sophisticated debut novel, and I look forward to reading more from Louise Jensen in the future.

 

This book is now available in paperback.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                 

 

 

Thank you to NetGalley, especially Bookouture, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Louise Jensen

Louise Jensen is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Her first two novels, The Sister and The Gift, were both international bestsellers, and have been sold for translation to sixteen countries. Her debut novel, The Sister, was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016.

Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap dog, and a rather naughty cat. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at LouiseJensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

Photograph by T. M. Elliston.

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