Meet the Lighthouses of Blackburn Island, a family obsessed with murder and true crime. So much so that the four children were named after murder victims. Charlie, Tate and twins Dahlia and Andy were homeschooled with the focus on infamous crime cases more than anything else. In addition to the most notorious murders, they also spent time studying and memorializing the seven female victims of the unsolved, local murders by the serial killer dubbed, the Blackburn Killer. Once each Lighthouse child was of age, they left their odd home, with the exception of Andy, who disappeared after turning sixteen implying in a note that he had run away to escape the family. Twenty-six year old Dahlia has spent her adult life seeking her twin. When their father dies, Dahlia, Charlie and Tate come together for his burial. But as preparations are being made, they find that there is already a corpse in the grave. It is Andy.
Once the news of the discovery of Andy’s remains gets out, it reaffirms why the locals call the Lighthouse home “Murder Mansion”. Who killed Andy? Was he another victim of the Blackburn Killer? Everyone in this creepy home and its surrounding area is now under suspicion. If this story sounds intriguing to you, then chances are you will enjoy The Family Plot, an inventive book filled with lots of strange people. It’s not for everyone. Author Megan Collins has created an eerie, dark place where secrets are uncovered. It’s a fast moving book which will keep you entertained. It makes the Addams Family look normal.
Many thanks to Atria Books / Simon & Schuster, NetGalley and Edelweiss+ for the opportunity to read this chilling book in advance of its publication.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: August 17, 2021.
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