The Family Game by Catherine Steadman #BookReview @catsteadman @BallentineBooks @RandomHousePublishing #NetGalley @BaysideBookReviews #thriller #mystery #suspense #WomensFiction

Pub Date 08 Nov 2022
Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Ballantine Books
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers | Women’s Fiction

A rich, eccentric family. A time-honored tradition. Or a lethal game of survival? One woman is about to find out if she has what it takes to join her husband’s family in this riveting, must-read thriller from the author of Something in the Water, Mr. Nobody, and The Disappearing Act.


  1. Listen carefully
  2. Do your research
  3. Trust no one
  4. Run for your life

Harriet Reed, a novelist on the brink of literary stardom, is newly engaged to Edward Holbeck, the heir of an extremely powerful family. And even though Edward has long tried to severe ties with them, news of the couple’s marital bliss has the Holbecks inching back into their lives.

As Harriet is drawn into their lavish world, the family seems perfectly welcoming. So when Edward’s father, Robert, hands Harriet a tape of a book he’s been working on, she is desperate to listen.

But as she presses play, it’s clear that this isn’t just a novel. It’s a confession.

A confession to a grisly crime. A murder. And, suddenly, the game is in motion.

Feeling isolated and confused, Harriet must work out if this is part of a plan to test her loyalty. Or something far darker. What is it that Robert sees in her? Why give her the power to destroy everything?

This might be a game to the Holbeck family—but losing might still prove deadly.


Adele’s Review:

OMG. This book is an exceptional thriller. The story is fast paced, well written, and filled with twists and turns I never saw coming. An emotional roller coaster ride of a book that is highly recommended. Don’t miss this one! One of the best books of 2022.

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