Monday, February 28, 2022

The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub

You are moving us into a house where three brutal murders took place? How could you do that?

Moving from California to Brooklyn was a decision that not everyone in the family agreed with, but they did find a nicer and larger home than they had anticipated. 

But...is it a nicer home?  In terms of size, they were happy, but when they find out a family had been murdered in their rental they became worried.

One of the daughters is a true crime fan and loved the idea, but she kept seeing someone watching them.  Was it her imagination or was someone watching the house?

It actually wasn't her imagination.  The boyfriend of the young woman murdered in the house thinks Anna has come back to life and is the one watching.

Other things happen too - strange neighbors that barge right in the house, and the mother, Nora, finds a box buried in the back yard as she was doing some landscaping.  

The contents of the box is a bit shocking and reveals a lot about the murdered family.  Nora wonders, though, what all of this means especially the thousands of dollars inside.

We follow along as the weeks go by and each character is doing his or her own thing with some having secrets.

THE OTHER FAMILY is a bit slow at first, but it does pick up.  There is a bit of paranormal in it, but not much.

The characters are not on the likable side, but they don’t take away from the story line.  They actually make the story line a bit more chilling.

The surprises as the book was ending were definitely surprises.

If you enjoy creepy, but good, THE OTHER FAMILY will be a book you will want to read.  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher for an honest review.


Mailbox Monday - 2/28/2022


 

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

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Warning:  Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

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Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at MAILBOX MONDAY.

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Here is a shout out to the administrators:


Velvet @ vvb32reads

Serena @ Savvy Verse and Wit

Martha @ Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf

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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.

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I hope you had a good mailbox.

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On Monday, February 21, I received:

1. 214 PALMER STREET by Karen McQuestion, courtesy of Bookouture and NetGalley.

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On Tuesday, February 22, I received:

1.  LOCAL GONE MISSING by Fiona Barton, courtesy of Elisha Katz of Berkley | Penguin Random House and NetGalley.

 
2. THE MATCHMAKER'S GIFT by Lynda Cohen Loigman, courtesy of Rivka Holler of St. Martin's and NetGalley.
 


2.  STAY AWAKE by Megan Goldin, courtesy of St. Martin's and NetGalley.
 
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On Thursday, February 24, I received:
 
1.  THE KEW GARDENS GIRLS AT WAR by Posey Lovell, courtesy of Penguin Random House, Putnam, and NetGalley.
 
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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 2/28/2022

 
http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
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I hope you had a great reading week.
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:
 
THE UNINVITED GUEST by Karen McQuestion - review will be on April 9.
 
Another terrific mystery by Karen McQuestion.
 
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THE SCHOOL FOR GERMAN BRIDES by Aimie K. Runyan - review will be on April 28.
 
Heartbreaking but very good....you will be anxious to get back to this book.
 
 
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I'LL BE YOU by Janelle Brown - review will be on April 27. 2022.
 
A different story line...secrets, lies, bad decisions, and unbelievable surprises.  It was a bit intense because there was a cult in the book.
 
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LITTLE SOULS by Sandra Dallas - review will be on April 26, 2022.
 
About the pandemic of 1918 and includes a murder and kidnapping.
 
 
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SHADOWS OF BERLIN by David R. Gillham - review will be on April 19.
 
Another amazing, but heartbreaking gem by this author.
 
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MRS. ENGLAND by Stacey Halls - review will be on April 16.
 
SO GOOD...gothic with the perfect eerie landscape for the novel.
 
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LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER by Sarah Bird - review will be on April 12.
 
Fun to learn about the dance marathons in the 1920s and 1930s, but too long.

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THE SHADOW HOUSE by Anna Downes - review will be on April 6.
 
Not a favorite...a bit confusing and too much sci-fi/paranormal for me.
 
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THE OTHER FAMILY by Wendy Corsi Staub - review will be on February 28.
 
A little slow at first, but it turned out to be a good mystery.
 
 
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THE YOUNGER WIFE by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 5, 2022.
 
Another good one by Sally Hepworth...family drama, lies, secrets.
 
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THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James - review will be on March 16.
 
Fans of Simone St. James won't want to miss her chilling, ghostly, can't-put-down newest.
 
 
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UNDER THE GOLDEN SUN by Jenny Ashcroft - review will be on March 15, 2022.
 
LOVED IT!!
 
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THE GOLDEN COUPLE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkannen - review will be on March 8.
 
It is a good one!!  
 
Domestic thriller and family drama fans won't want to miss this one.
 
 
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THE HEIGHTS by Louise Candlish - review will be on March 5.
 
Dragged a bit, but the story line ended up being ok.
 
 
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THE NIGHT SHIFT by Alex Finlay - review will be on March 1.
 
Thriller fans won't want to miss this book.
 
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SISTERS OF NIGHT AND FOG by Erika Robuck - review will be on March 2.
 
Based on real people...very interesting and well done.
 
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THE SECRET LOVE LETTERS OF OLIVIA MORETTI by Jennifer Probst - review is in the book's title.
 
Women's fiction fans won't want to miss this book...also those who love Italy.  :)
 
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THE PARIS NETWORK by Siobhan Curham - review is in the book's title.
 
SO GOOD - historical fiction fans will love it.
 
 
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UNMISSING by Minka Kent - review is in the book's title.
 
REALLY good....thriller fans will love the unexpected surprises.
 
 
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Book Currently Reading:

THE KEW GARDENS GIRLS AT WAR by Posy Lovell - review will be on April 21.
 
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Books Up Next:

AN HONEST LIE by Tarryn Fisher - review will be on April 29.
 
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THE HALF-LIFE OF RUBY FIELDING by Lydia Kang - review will be on May 1.
 
 
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THE HOMEWRECKERS by Mary Kay Andrews - review will be on May 3.
 
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MY WIFE IS MISSING by D. J. Palmer - review will be on May 10, 2022.
 
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THE SHADOW OF MEMORY by Connie Berry - review will be on May 11.
 
 
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NEVER COMING HOME by Hannah Mary McKinnon - review will be on May 24.
 
 
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THE FAVOR by Nora Murphy - review will be on May 31.

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THE WEDDING DRESS SEWING CIRCLE by Jennifer Ryan - review will be on June 1.
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MOONLIGHT AND THE PEARLER'S DAUGHTER by Lizzie Pook - review will be on June 14.
 
 
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LOCAL GONE MISSING by Fiona Barton - review will be on June 15.
 
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THE LIES I TELL by Julie Clark - review will be on June 21.
 
 
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THE LAST DRESS FROM PARIS by Jane Beer - review will be on June 22.
 
 

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THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY by Jamie Ford - review will be on June 28.
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THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD by Liz Alterman - review will be on July 12.
 
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THE LITTLEST LIBRARY by Poppy Alexander - review will be on July 19.
 
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THE NEW NEIGHBOR by Karen Cleveland - review will be on July 26.
 
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THE ORPHANS OF MERSEA HOUSE by Marty Wingate - review will be on August 9.

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THE WAR LIBRARIAN by Addison Armstrong - review will be on August 10.
 
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STAY AWAKE by Megan Goldin - review will be on August 11.
 
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THE MATCHMAKER'S GIFT by Lynda Cohen Loigman - review will be on September 20.
 
Gorgeous Cover!!
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