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The Family

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Summary

The latest psychological thriller from master storyteller Louise Jensen will leave you breathless.

Once you’re in, they’ll never let you leave.

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…

©2019 Louise Jensen (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A clever, addictive thriller about family, loss and lies. Packed full of secrets and twists, it will keep you guessing until the final page." (Alice Feeney)

"Wow! What a book. I loved it, the pace was fantastic and the relationship between Tilly and Laura was gripping and the love really stood out. I thought I had it all sussed, but didn’t see how neatly everyone was connected. This book is going to fly!" (Darren O’Sullivan)

"Cements Louise as the writer of beautiful, character-led, yet still page-turningly-good thrillers. This will (and should) be huge." (Louise Beech)

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Need to concentrate

In brief, the security and family life of Laura & Tilly collapses and they find shelter in an alternative "chosen" familly. But as with all good thrillers, the direction they are talking comes with its own threats.

It took me a while to get into this. I was unfamiliar with the style. Explanations are delayed, and the writer frequently misses out "he said, she said" so we need to keep a mental image of who is actually talking and about whom (or whether the character is just thinking aloud for the benefit of the reader). Quite a bit of speaking in metaphore. The start was also pretty miserable.

But stick with it, it gets better. The initial misery is just scene setting for the opportuinity that follows.

I think the struggle to follow parts of the story was mainly down to me not concentrating. I'd like to give the author the benifit of the doubt and buy another of her books.

The actor reading the part of Laura was perhaps over-acting the drama a little.

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Very creepy!

This is the first book I have read by Louise Jensen and it's a cracking good psychological thriller!

The story is told from 3 POV - Laura, Tilly and Alex. All of them are keeping secrets which emerge as the story unfolds, and all is not as it seems.. The first part of the book is a bit of a slow burner then there are so many twists and turns that I felt dizzy, and each one took me by surprise. The setting of Oak Leaf farm felt sinister and claustrophobic.

If you are looking for a well plotted, clever psychological thriller then look no further!

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Perfect to be made into a movie!

For any fans of suspense, thriller, drama...this is the perfect book for you. It is like a rollercoaster and never gets boring. Just a tip, you might want to be alone to concentrate for the last 2 hours....

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ok story, terrible narration

terrible narrator. way too dramatic and it gets very annoying. would have been an ok choice otherwise. self pitying characters add to the annoyance.

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Shame about the narrator

I felt that the narration in this book let the story down. Laura’s character who did have a pretty hard tie of it seemed hysterical the whole way through and the voice ending up making me switch off.
I enjoyed the story concept but couldn’t cope with the weeping woman. Sent back

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Mediocre

Not a very good storyline. Dodged about too much for my liking. Thought the daughter a very pathetic self pitying creature. Great let down for me.

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