The Family Plot; Megan Collins
Atria - August - 2021
After enjoying this author's last book, Behind the Red Door, I was looking forward to her latest release.
The Lighthouse siblings: Dahlia, her twin Andy, Charlie and sister Tate grew up in a secluded island mansion with most unusual parents. The mother and father were true crime-obsessed and kept a shine of murder victims. The children were kept isolated and home-schooled and, part of their curriculum was true crime research. When Andy disappears on the eve of his sixteenth birthday it is suspected that he ran away. Dahlia, his twin is especially affected by the loss of Andy.
Dahila, now 26, has returned to Blackburn Island following the death of her father and in the process a horrible discovery is made. In her father's burial plot, Andy's skull has been unearthed, he was killed by an axe to the head. Who killed Andy and how did he end up buried in the "family plot?"
This was a somewhat gruesome story told from the POV of Dahlia who came across as rather immature for 26. Well, honestly, the whole family is more than a bit strange in the way they have dealt with what has happened. I found it hard to connect with Dahlia and the others. Actually, everyone in this story seemed a little suspect even though there had been several unsolved murders nearby believed to be the work of a serial killer. This was a very quick read but, IMO it was also rather far-fetched as well.
Rating - 3.5/5 stars
Note: I was able to download the eGalley from NetGalley, Edelweiss and Atria at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.