The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub
Published February 8, 2022 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Date read: October 5, 2023
Nora and Keith and their daughters Stacy and Piper
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
The watcher sees who you are…and knows what you did.
It’s the perfect home for the perfect family: pretty Nora Howell, her handsome husband, their two teenage daughters, and lovable dog. As California transplants making a fresh start in Brooklyn, they expected to live in a shoebox, but the brownstone has a huge kitchen, lots of light, and a backyard. The catch: its previous residents were victims of a grisly triple homicide that remains unsolved.
Soon, peculiar things begin happening. The pug is nosing around like a bloodhound. Nora unearths a long-hidden rusty box in the flowerbed. Oldest daughter Stacey, obsessed with the family murdered in their house, pokes into the bloody past and becomes convinced that a stranger is watching the house. Watching them.
She’s right. But one of the Howells will recognize his face. Because one of them has a secret that will blindside the others with a truth that lies shockingly close to home–and to this one’s terrifying history.
How did The Other Family end?
The Other Family was part of my lineup for the #backlistbooks23 challenge. Fall was the perfect time to read this one! The Howell family has just moved into a creepy new house in New York–one they’re renting for a steal since it has sat empty for 25 years. Little do they know that terrible things have happened in this house. Their neighbors are a little too interested in the family, and it quickly turns into a claustrophobic story of stalkers and family secrets.
It was an interesting read. I was looking forward to figuring out Jacob’s connection. I enjoyed the various POVs and how the secrets were unveiled. I can’t say I was shocked by the reveal, but I did find the journey to get there enjoyable. If you’re looking for a fall thriller, this is a good one to add to your list.
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