Not A Happy Family

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been a huge fan of Shari Lapena since I’ve read her famous novel “The Couple Next Door”. But this review is for her latest “Not a Happy Family”.

A gruesome murder of a wealthy couple shocked the neighborhood of Brecken Hill. A couple’s children fall under the detective’s watchful eyes. Within the days of the murder, each child exhibits a reason for shocking killings. The victim’s sister shares a ghastly secret about her brother. Is it possible for history to repeat itself?

From the very first pages, I was glued to the novel. Every new chapter was better than the last. I was driven by anticipation. Every character, every secret, every new detail of the case – were so greatly delivered. The speculation of who is a cold-hearted murderer kept bouncing from one subling to another. And then there was a very disappointing ending. The person who has killed the couple was abruptly revealed. I re-read the ending in hopes that I’ve missed something in between, but that was it. The end. I expected a triumphal ending, but it seemed as the author has run out of time to finish the novel.

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