Today I’m very happy to be sharing my review of The Family as part of the blog tour celebrations.
About this book…
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…
This book has been on my “highly anticipated” list for months now and when I was at Harrogate this year, I found out I wasn’t the only one keen to read it as proofs were offered at an HQ proof party and people went a little bit mad trying to get their hands on a copy! Here is Louise taking her life in her own hands to sign copies of The Family!
Anyway, back to the book in question and The Family had a very different feel to it than its predecessors. There’s a very slow build up surrounding the story of Laura, her daughter Tilly and how they end up living in a commune after Laura’s husband Gavan dies unexpectedly. Laura’s entire life comes crashing down around her after she loses her husband and she is at risk of losing her home, her business and the family she always thought would stand by her. But she finds another family in the form of Alex and the others who work and live at the farm where they run Oak Leaf Organics. Alex is a charismatic “leader” and both Laura and Tilly find themselves unexpectedly drawn to him. But is their new “family” really as supportive as they think or is there another reason for keeping mother and daughter away from the outside world? And I was kept guessing throughout which side of the fence I would come down on!
Although this could be described as a slow burner, the tension builds to an almost unbearable pace towards the end when everything comes together. There are twists and turns galore in the final few pages so make sure you pay close attention as there is a lot going on! Louise Jensen keeps some very big secrets back though so that just when you think you’ve got it all sorted in your head…BANG! there’s another shocking moment to make your head explode!
Louise Jensen writes such involving plots with characters who feel like they could be our own friends or family. The Family takes our expectations of what makes a true family and gives them a bloody great shake up! This is a great book that will keep you guessing till the very end and was definitely worth my wait!
Meet the author…
Louise Jensen is a global No.1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Louise has sold over a million English language books and her novels have been sold for translation to twenty-five territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers’ lists. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award and The Guardian’s Not the Booker 2018. The Gift has been optioned for TV and film.
Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a
rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction and writing tips.