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The Family Game - a creative and twisty psychological thriller.

Things are looking bright for British novelist Harriet (Harry) Reed. Her first book is a big hit, and she is close to finishing her second one. Living in New York City, she's head over heels in love with Edward Holbeck, one of the most eligible and wealthy bachelors. Once the couple gets engaged, it is time to meet Edward's uber-wealthy family. Having a family is something Harry craves as she lost both parents in an accident when she was 11 years old. The initial meeting goes well. The Holbecks seem to be not as scary or off-putting as Harry had feared. She even connects with patriarch Robert, who has a difficult relationship with Edward. But Harry soon learns that Edward’s family has a rather unusual holiday tradition of playing games that she needs to participate in. Forget charades. These are odd, scary and possibly dangerous games. As she gets sucked into this strange family’s world, she starts to learn some of their dark secrets, and she fears her own secrets might also get revealed. Let the cat and mouse games begin.

The Family Game is a creative psychological thriller with effective twists and turns. Its author, Catherine Steadman, is also an acclaimed actress and her writing style has a cinematic feel. The action plays out like a tense movie. This is the third book I've read from Steadman, and it is my favorite. It's fast-paced and loaded with suspense. Harry is a very smart, likable character and one to root for as her fairy tale starts falling apart.

Many thanks to Ballantine Books / Random House for the opportunity to read this hard-to-put-down book in advance of its release.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Psychological Thriller.

Publication Date: October 18, 2022.

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Linda Moore
Linda Moore
Oct 19, 2022

Very nice review. I have this one also. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Oct 20, 2022
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Thanks. Hope you enjoy it too!!

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