Pub Date 07 Mar 2023
Thomas & Mercer
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers
Psychology student Olivia Eriksen’s family is notorious among true-crime buffs. Faced with a legacy of psychopathy that spans generations, Olivia has spent much of her academic life trying to answer one chilling question: Nature or nurture?
Although she’s kept a safe distance from her blood relatives for years, Olivia agrees to attend a weekend reunion. After all, her fiancé is eager to meet his future in-laws, and the gathering may give her a chance to interview her elusive grandfather about the family traits.
But nothing is ever peaceful among the Eriksens for long. Olivia’s favorite cousin is found dead in a nearby lake. Then another family member disappears. As a violent storm isolates the group further, Olivia’s fears rise faster than the river.
And an uninvited guest is about to join the party. True-crime podcaster Birdie Tan has uncovered a disturbing mystery in her latest investigation—and she’s following it right to the Eriksens’ mountain resort. There’s a deadly twist in the family plot that even Olivia doesn’t see coming.
The unique premise of this novel fascinated me and convinced me to read the book for review. A family of psychopaths, narcissists, borderline personalities, schizophrenics and other behavioral misfits on one family tree? How does that happen? I had to find out.
When this unusual family gets together for a reunion, and murder happens, the suspect list is long and rich with possibilities. The Family Bones is a Knives Out, locked-room mystery with twists and turns I never saw coming. The author does a great job of tying two seemingly unrelated plot lines together into one cohesive tale.
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Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09VGJH39F