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Not a Happy Family
Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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The new unputdownable thriller from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR. In this family, everyone is keeping secrets - even the dead. In the quiet, wealthy enclave of Brecken Hill, an older couple is brutally murdered hours after a tense Easter dinner with their three adult children. Who, of course, are devastated. Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their vindictive father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of them is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did someone snap after that dreadful evening? Or did another person appear later that night with the worst of intentions? That must be what happened. After all, if one of the family were capable of something as gruesome as this, you'd know. Wouldn't you? ****** Praise for Shari Lapena: 'The queen of the one-sit read' Linwood Barclay 'Shari Lapena is one of the best thriller writers in the business' Steve Cavanagh 'A masterful whodunnit, perfectly paced and expertly plotted, that had me guessing all the way through. I loved it and couldn't put it down.' C L Taylor 'No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena - this slowly unfurling nightmare will have you biting your nails until the end' Ruth Ware 'Shari Lapena just gets better and better' Cara Hunter AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW
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MidnightBookGirl
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This is a case of a thriller where everyone is terrible and yet you're still drawn in because of the mystery. I'm not even sad about the murder, because the patriarch was an awful, awful human, although maybe the mom could have redeemed herself? Still, lots of suspects, lots of theories, and even I had a motive to kill the old man. 😉 💀
#Readin22 #TBR

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Clwojick
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Not that it counts as a match for the #Pantone2022 challenge, but my manicure totally matches the colour #HarbourBlue! 💖

Chelsea.Poole Pretty! 1w
AkashaVampie Gorgeous!!! Is it a blue green color? That's how it looks in the picture to me. 1w
Clwojick @AkashaVampie Yes! It‘s like a deep teal colour! 1w
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AkashaVampie @Clwojick besides purple... teal is one of my favorites! 1w
IndoorDame Love the Harbor Blue! 1w
ReadingRachael So pretty! 1w
marleed So funny. I matched a book to harbor blue yesterday. I saw this post and before reading your comment, thought - oh those nails are a great harbor blue! 1w
PageShifter Nice! 👍 1w
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kaytee_mcmar
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She‘s expecting a windfall soon. A significant windfall. It‘s too bad someone has to die for it
She‘s going to be rich. It‘s about time.

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Jgacreations
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Oh boy. This family is straight up F*ed up. Damn!

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hermyknee
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve bailed on both these books in the past month. Is it me?

Time to continue my search for the right book.

AmyG I go through phases where I just keep starting books because nothing “clicks”. 1mo
hermyknee @AmyG I think that‘s where I am. 1mo
hermyknee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ll have to try those out next time I‘m in the mood for a thriller! 1mo
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hermyknee
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TWIST!

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hermyknee
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I haven‘t finished a book in months. Hoping this is the one!

tracey38 Good luck! Hope this is the one for you, too! 1mo
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DrLReads
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I flew through this book. While ultimately forgettable, it is an easy, domestic thriller that is impossible to put down. The perfect weekend read.

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kbuggle
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All these characters are terrible people 😭😂
A true who-dun-it, when the matriarch and patriarch of a family are murdered, everyone wants to know, did one of their grown children do the crime? Everyone has a motive! #botm

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Airykah13
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Finished my first book of the month

TBR Read - 15pts
#WGWordSearch - 1,930pts
Participation - 1pt

Total: 1,946pts

#WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs

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Kris10H
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⚡
This was an enjoyable read. 😊 It reminded me a bit of the film Knives Out, in that it is the same type of family whodunit, where everyone has a motive.

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OriginalCyn620
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A page-turner that keeps you guessing!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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peacegypsy
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A few months behind on BOTM, but it‘s a leisurely Sunday read.

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Minibooktalks16
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Book 19 for 2021

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foreverbooked
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Mehso-so

This book was not my favorite by Shari Lapena. A lot of characters but I didn't really feel a connection to any of them. It was a quick read that also felt rushed. I got the story line and you did kinda keep guessing who did it. But at the end I wasn't completely shocked.

Cpg Yes, I have just read it and I was left a little bit up in the air at the end....about the aunt....still on the trail.....and it wasn‘t easy to believe when “whodunnit” came out!!! I don‘t know I gave it a thumbs up in that it kept me reading! But thinking back I‘m not so sure- 1mo
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Annie1215
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I really enjoyed this one! It was one of those mysteries where you are going back and forth the whole time thinking you know what happened.

This finally gets me to a bingo on #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 3mo
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Gryffleclaw95
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5/5)

As my August #BOTM pick, I found “Not a Happy Family” to be a bit disappointing. The book had a solid start, but I found that the ending simply fizzled out and was mildly unsatisfactory. In addition, there were some plot holes that remained unanswered, which I found frustrating as well.

Cpg I agree on the ending, I was left a little bit up in the air about the aunt still in the trail for evidence. I wished it had gone in with that possibly to see if what was found would truly make a difference. Hmmm.... 1mo
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Gryffleclaw95
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As an ER nurse, thank you for the dedication ❤️

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Lesliereadsalot
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Mehso-so

This book does keep you guessing til the last page. Who murdered the wealthy couple? Lots of possibilities, lots of motives, lots of shady characters. But still just another murder mystery.

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actualdisneyprincess
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The newest Lapena is already MUCH more satisfying than the newest Feeney was, and I‘m not even halfway through. (Honestly, it was more satisfying within the first five pages. 😬) I‘m pretty excited that it‘s my day off and I can just sit and read with no interruptions. 😍 #notahappyfamily #sharilapena

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Twainy
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🎧 The very rich Merton family is 110% dysfunctional & possibly clinically insane!

Easter family dinner ends with the 3 adult children, their SO‘s & the nanny turned housekeeper storming out in anger.

Days later mom & dad are found dead. Who did it?

With a will in question, a jealous aunt, convenient friends & so many secrets & lies it was easy to get drawn in.

Fun twists & turns, easy to digest, read it in one sitting. #BOTM

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Serenity_Within86
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Mehso-so

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Stated out good but came too predictable and ended up being and so so book for me. I had high hopes for this one

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Serenity_Within86
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Day off boy is at school
All day of reading

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Serenity_Within86
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Next book

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Zephsomething
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A coworker lent me this one and honestly it was fascinating. About a quarter of the way through I had to skip to the end to see if one of my two picks for who done it was correct (one was). The character dynamics and the jumping between povs kept me hooked the whole time!

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KadeLexical
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Mehso-so

A fast and engaging read, believable and well-paced. It lacked a bit of depth and I enjoyed The Couple Next Door more, but still a good read.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Disappointed. Although I finished this quickly, I do not have many positive things to say about it. The characters were flat. I do not think that characters have to be likable for a book to be enjoyable but this one tested me. All of the characters were unlikable & simple. There was not one relatable character in the book. If you're falling behind on your Book Challenge & need a quick read to get your numbers up, then this will probably suffice.

Trashcanman 🤗❤️ 4mo
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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I LOVED Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena. It was very twisty, although Shari Lapena is one of my favorite authors. ❤️ Up next is Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney. 📚💙

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Not a Happy Family, indeed. Unfortunately this just isn't the type of "thriller" that interests me, the writing and characters are falling flat and the suspense feels forced. And while there are multiple reasons for many of these (entitled, selfish) people to have committed murder, I find myself not caring who actually did the deed or who gets the inheritance. So instead of forcing myself to continue, I'm bowing out. Glad I didn't buy it ? #BOTM

Megabooks It didn‘t sound good to me. 4mo
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Hooked_on_books
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If you‘re not a fan of mysteries wherein a victim is dreadful and everyone has a motive/is lying, plus no one is terribly redeemable, you probably want to skip this one. I enjoyed it immensely. The gradual exposure of each person‘s lies and self-centered behavior was really entertaining. My only complaint is that I felt the way it was written made the murderer a bit obvious.

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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I finished Our Little Secret by Kiersten Modglin. It was excellent! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Next up is Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena. I‘m a HUGE fan and have high hopes for this book. 📚💜💕

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VRM1975
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Mehso-so

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Neniacorcoran
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Mehso-so

Loved the multiple points of view this story uses to develop the plot

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LazyLibrary
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyable book from BOTM. I can honestly say that each character appeared to be guilty so I truly had no idea “who dunnit”, but tbh the ending fell extremely flat for me and I was disappointed and left pretty Womp Womp. Extremely quick read tho!

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JenReadsAlot
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This was good and kept me guessing who did it. #bookspinbingo square @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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GloVerdino
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I thought I had this one figured out but I was wrong, I like when I‘m wrong

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 🍷 5mo
JenReadsAlot I'm reading this now! 5mo
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darklydreaming
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Mehso-so

Although the book kept me interested during the first few chapters, I felt it dragged on with no new information on the characters or the plot. I believe the author could have expanded on the characters more as I ended the book with lots of questions!

The ending was abrupt and had no real climax to it. I turned the last page with a feeling of indifference. I was surprised that this book was given such glowing reviews…

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BoleyBooks I think some reviewers are sometimes embellishing their reviews in hopes of getting a “pencil” from the publisher on NetGalley. I appreciate you keeping it real and honest in your evaluations. I felt sad for giving a three star review to a very popular author recently…the new book just didn‘t measure up. 5mo
darklydreaming @BoleyBooks interesting! I didn‘t know that. Thanks for your comment. 5mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Too early for PSL season so tried the new apple crisp and it's pretty tasty! Morning plans...

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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Aims42 I just finished it too and LOVED IT 🙌🏻 5mo
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Aims42
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Such a fun read!! It had me guessing all the way to the end 🧐🔪⚰️🪦 I‘ll definitely keep the author in mind the next time I need a whodunit to keep me occupied 👍🏻

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LeslieO
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Here are my #BookSpinBingo books for September. Decide to clear out some of the #BOTM and #ShelfSubscription that I haven‘t read yet. I‘ll get them in list order shortly. I‘m going to try not to get distracted by the new and shiny. I currently have no library holds. Of course there are 5 free spaces!

TheAromaofBooks It's amazing how those new arrivals can stack up!!! Even the ones I'm super excited about reading! 5mo
MyNamesParadise Im always anxious that all my library holds for new books will come in at the same time and then there‘s a long holds list for them so I have to prioritize what I read. But I‘m hoping that won‘t happen! 5mo
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Tiffiney
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This one keeps you guessing until the end. I love a good whodunit. Fun read!

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TorieStorieS
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Fast-paced and with a plot designed to keep the reader guessing pretty much until the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this month‘s #BOTM thriller option! I really enjoyed my first experience with Lapena‘s writing! While the characters aren‘t likable, the greed-fueled storyline hooks the reader right in! Hard to put down for sure!!

ShyBookOwl The only book I've read of hers is A Stranger in the House, but I really liked it! 5mo
JenReadsAlot I'm reading this right now! My favorite of hers is The Couple Next Door. 5mo
TorieStorieS @ShyBookOwl I have a copy of that one already- just have to dig it out of my TBR mountain! 🤣 5mo
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TorieStorieS @JenReadsAlot Oh I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! And I am also hoping that my copy of The Couple Next Door is nearby A Stranger In The House so I can read them both soon!! 5mo
ShyBookOwl @TorieStorieS lol! I know the feeling 5mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Library pick up and jumping right in!

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darklydreaming
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Started this one yesterday. I‘m intrigued but I can‘t help but notice a number of typos in the text!! 😩

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EatSleepRead
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I really enjoyed this one. The entire book kept me guessing and second guessing who was the murderer... 🔎

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Eggbeater
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2nd book read for #AnyWayYouReadathon

Spoiled, rich sociopaths. Which one is the killer? It was a fun puzzle and I didn't guess correctly. This author is a must-read for me because her plots and characters are so entertaining. I enjoyed all the red herrings in this particular novel.

@MidnightBookGirl @kimmypete1

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