I've always heard good things about author Tarryn Fisher and last year, I fell in love with her thriller novel, The Wives. That's why I was so excited when I heard she was releasing a new mysterious book called The Wrong Family. The book was published in December 2020, I purchased and read it a few months ago on my Nook. I finished the novel within a few days and it was totally not what I expected, though it was still a good book.

Publisher's Summary

Have you ever been wrong about someone?

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

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.

My Thoughts

This book wasn't what I expected. It was so weird, so bizarre and completely far fetched.  I can't even properly explain what I was thinking about the plot while reading it... it was insane.

It was very twisted, very out there and borderline confusing at times. I will admit I was really confused about Juno in the beginning, I didn't know who she was or how she fit into the story. Once you figure it out and her identity comes to light, it gives you pause. It makes you think "Is this really happening?". From that moment, I was hooked because I had to know how this was going to play out. 

The core premise of the story, what happened between Winnie and Nigel all those years ago, what their secret is, it wasn't easy to guess. There were so many subplots: Juno, Nigel & Winnie's marriage, their secret, the story about their son, Winnie's brother... it was so much to digest and hard to keep track at times but I think that made it more interesting. 

Fisher drives you in a handful of different directions so I didn't think that the plot was predictable. There was a lot happening and you really couldn't figure out how things were going to end up. I will say that the way they did end up, the climax of the story, was completely unexpected and left me shocked to silence. 

As weird and far fetched as this book was, I really enjoyed it. I thought the writing was really good, the story was just outlandish enough but still had bits of reality tied to it. I especially loved the ending. It was spectacular... it wrapped up everything really nicely and left me with my jaw hanging open. 

I do recommend this book if you're looking for a quick read that will knock your socks off. It's unlike anything I've ever read and for that, I feel like everyone needs to read it! 

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