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Title: The Family Plot
Author: Megan Collins
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Mystery Thriller
My Rating: 3/5
At twenty-six, Dahlia Lighthouse is haunted by her upbringing. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she is unable to move beyond the disappearance of her twin brother, Andy, when they were sixteen.
After several years away and following her father’s death, Dahlia returns to the house, where the family makes a gruesome discovery: buried in their father’s plot is another body—Andy’s, his skull split open with an ax.
Dahlia is quick to blame Andy’s murder on the serial killer who terrorized the island for decades, while the rest of her family reacts to the revelation in unsettling 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 facade, 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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Dahlia and her siblings return to their childhood home after their father’s death. Dahlia has never recovered from the disappearance of her twin brother when they were sixteen. Soon after their arrival back home, the mystery of their brother’s disappearance starts to unravel.
The Family Plot has an eccentric family at the center of a murder mystery. The kids had a unique upbringing with parents obsessed with serial killers. Their unusual childhood created adults haunted by their pasts. Once back together, they have to face what happened in the past, and move forward with their futures.
An atmospheric and twisted mystery. Good read for fans of true crime and suspenseful mysteries.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Books by Megan Collins:
- The Winter Sister
- Behind the Red Door
- The Family Plot