Megan Collins | The Family Plot

The Book: 

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

Published August 17th 2021 by Atria Books
Date read: October 4, 2021

The Characters: 

Her siblings Tate, Charlie, and Andy


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The Plot (from Goodreads):

At twenty-six, Dahlia Lighthouse has a lot to learn when it comes to the real world. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she has spent the last several years living on her own, but unable to move beyond her past—especially the disappearance of her twin brother Andy when they were sixteen.

With her father’s death, Dahlia returns to the house she has avoided for years. But as the rest of the Lighthouse family arrives for the memorial, a gruesome discovery is made: buried in the reserved plot is another body—Andy’s, his skull split open with an ax.

Each member of the family handles the revelation in unusual ways. Her brother Charlie pours his energy into creating a family memorial museum, highlighting their research into the lives of famous murder victims; her sister Tate forges ahead with her popular dioramas portraying crime scenes; and their mother affects a cheerfully domestic façade, becoming unrecognizable as the woman who performed murder reenactments for her children. As Dahlia grapples with her own grief and horror, she realizes that her eccentric family, and the mansion itself, may hold the answers to what happened to her twin.

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The Twist: 

Dahlia’s father was the Blackburn Killer. He forced Charlie and Andy to help him trap his victims by crying and pretending to be lost while he snuck up on them.

Charlie had killed Andy, because Andy asked him to. He didn’t want to be part of his father’s murders anymore

The Review: 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for this complimentary audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

If you like thrillers about dysfunctional families as much as I do, then this is the book for you. The Lighthouse family takes twisted to a whole new level with their obsession with murderers. Of course, it’s only natural that we discover a murder on their own property when the children return for their father’s funeral.

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