Book Review: The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub

Book Review: The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub


It’s the perfect home for the perfect family: pretty Nora Howell, her handsome husband, their two teenage daughters, and lovable dog. As California transplants making a fresh start in Brooklyn, they expected to live in a shoebox, but the brownstone has a huge kitchen, lots of light, and a backyard. The catch: its previous residents were victims of a grisly triple homicide that remains unsolved.

Soon, peculiar things begin happening. The pug is nosing around like a bloodhound. Nora unearths a long-hidden rusty box in the flowerbed. Oldest daughter Stacey, obsessed with the family murdered in their house, pokes into the bloody past and becomes convinced that a stranger is watching the house. Watching them.

She’s right. But one of the Howells will recognize his face. Because one of them has a secret that will blindside the others with a truth that lies shockingly close to home–and to this one’s terrifying history.

My Review:

The Other Family is a nice, easy thriller. Not too suspenseful, not too unrealistic, no eye rolling twists, nothing too graphic or violent. All around an easy to read, easy to enjoy thriller. I liked the buildup of backstory and getting to know each of the characters in this family that moves to New York to try and start over. Add in some quirky neighbors and there was enough going on that I was constantly guessing about what all the underlying secrets were and who was keeping them.

This would honestly make a great beach read, because while it was engaging enough to keep me entertained from start to finish, it was also easy to pick up and put down when needed.

I received a free copy of The Other Family from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

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