The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher, 2020
Winnie and Nigel Crouch and their son Sam
Juno, who is staying in the Crouch’s house
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch.
Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore.
Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…
She shouldn’t get involved.
She really shouldn’t.
But this could be her chance to make a few things right.
Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.
I thought the premise of this book was amazing and so creepy. The first few chapters are very well written, as you begin to make assumptions and they are quickly dashed away. I could feel Winnie’s discomfort at the fact that someone had been in her bedroom uninvited.
I loved Juno’s character, but can’t go into why without spoilers. Her story was extremely interesting, and she was one of the best characters I’ve read in a while. She had the exact amount of depth I look for in a main character. While I can’t relate to her experiences, I found her thought processes to be understandable. She definitely overstepped some boundaries, but she did so with good intentions or for self preservation.
I thought the plot was going to come to a head in a different way that it did and while I was surprised, I was also disappointed. I think I wanted more conflict from the ending.
Overall though, the story was entertaining and creepy, and will definitely make readers want to check their closets and under their beds before they go to sleep. I liked The Wives more but still found The Wrong Family very interesting, and will definitely keep an eye out for any future books by this author.