The Family Tree by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry #TheFamilyTree #TFTBlogTour @AvonBooksUK @Steph_Mullin & @NicoleAMabry

“This thriller keeps the shocks coming right up to the climatic end.” Lisa Gardner

The DNA results are back. And there’s a serial killer in her family tree…

Liz Catalano is shocked when an ancestry kit reveals she’s adopted. But she could never have imagined connecting with her unknown family would plunge her into an FBI investigation of a notorious serial killer…

The Tri-State Killer has been abducting pairs of women for forty years, leaving no clues behind – only bodies.

Can Liz figure out who the killer in her new family is? And can she save his newest victims before it’s too late?

I do love a serial killer chiller and The Family Tree is one of the best I’ve read this year! It puts a unique spin on the genre and will appeal to the fans of the many documentaries that have appeared on Netflix recently about real life murderers. There was one moment when I realised what the authors had done and that lightbulb moment was an added bonus for me! Can’t tell you what it is though or I might have to kill you…only joking! But truthfully, I don’t particularly want to delve very much into the plot as I would hate to deliver any unintentional spoilers!

Recently it’s become quite popular to buy your nearest and dearest those ancestry DNA kits as presents, especially for Christmas. I got one myself the other year and it’s fascinating to see what lies in your past although my husband was disappointed he’d paid so much money for me to be told that my DNA was 96% Norfolk based as it appears my ancestors haven’t moved about much (apart from the 4% Swedish/Norwegian just to prove that I truly do have the Anglo Saxon decent my colouring so obviously suggests!) But I have heard so many horror stories of children finding out their parents aren’t who they thought they were and marriages disintegrating due to secret affairs being revealed after many years. But it is a home DNA testing kit that provides the brilliant plot device here when Liz discovers that her DNA is connected to a serial killer and it’s one who is still on the loose…

I absolutely devoured this book in a couple of hours. It’s just that addictive! And the way in which it has been written is very clever indeed. Not only to we follow Liz as she attempts to find her birth family and solve the riddle of how a killers DNA is connected to her personally but we also see how each of the victims come to meet their demise. And it was this thread that worked especially well for me. Starting with victim number one and going through to the current victims, each time we meet them at the next stage of their abduction so we realise that all of the abductions follow the same pattern. This made the narrative flow perfectly and gave a chilling look at the final timeline of the victims lives.

The Family Tree is a great read and if you’re a fan of Lisa Gardner or Samantha Downing then you are going to love it even more. It’s a dark, expertly delivered thriller with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Gripping throughout, I can thoroughly recommend it!

Steph Mullin is a creative director and Nicole Mabry works in the photography department for a television network. They met as co-workers in New York City in 2012, discovering a shared passion for writing and true crime. After Steph relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2018, they continued to collaborate. Separated by five states, they spend hours scheming via FaceTime and editing in real time on Google Docs. The Family Tree is the duo’s first crime novel.

Steph Mullin is a creative director and Nicole Mabry works in the photography department for a television network. They met as co-workers in New York City in 2012, discovering a shared passion for writing and true crime. After Steph relocated to North Carolina in 2018, they continued to collaborate. Separated by five states, they spend hours scheming via FaceTime and editing in real time on Google Docs. The Family Tree is the duo’s first crime novel.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.