The Family
The new psychological thriller from master storyteller, Louise Jensen, will leave you breathless.Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

The Family Details

TitleThe Family
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 25th, 2019
PublisherHQ
Rating
GenreThriller, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

The Family Review

  • Jess☺️
    January 1, 1970
    The Family by Louise Jensen is definitely dark,twisted and creepy it also keeps you wanting more with every chapter it kind of feels like a British version of a twisted cult It can start to feel predictable then it twists and throws you a curve ball and becomes something else.There are so many moments in this book which you don't see coming so it definitely keeps you on your toes.I'm looking forward to reading more from this author especially if they are like this one.I highly recommend this The Family by Louise Jensen is definitely dark,twisted and creepy it also keeps you wanting more with every chapter it kind of feels like a British version of a twisted cult 😬It can start to feel predictable then it twists and throws you a curve ball and becomes something else.There are so many moments in this book which you don't see coming so it definitely keeps you on your toes.I'm looking forward to reading more from this author especially if they are like this one.I highly recommend this 📖
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Having read and loved several of Louise Jensen’s books I knew that I was in for a thrilling ride with lots of twists. Fasten you’re seatbelt and enjoy! Laura’s husband has died after falling from scaffolding on his construction site. She and her daughter are struggling over his loss and are going to lose their home and flower shop as the insurance company are delaying paying up. When Saffron comes to the shop she offers her help, she lives on a farm running the Saffron Farm Oak Leaf Organics. Having read and loved several of Louise Jensen’s books I knew that I was in for a thrilling ride with lots of twists. Fasten you’re seatbelt and enjoy! Laura’s husband has died after falling from scaffolding on his construction site. She and her daughter are struggling over his loss and are going to lose their home and flower shop as the insurance company are delaying paying up. When Saffron comes to the shop she offers her help, she lives on a farm running the Saffron Farm Oak Leaf Organics. She offers her a place to stay rent free in exchange for her helping out on the farm and suggests that Alex the charismatic leader can give her legal advise. Everyone seems friendly. Have they found a safe haven?The story is told from Alex, Tilly and Laura’s point of view. There are hints along the way that all 3 are keeping secrets and are not whom they seem to be.A very intriguing, addictive book. What would a mother do to protect her daughter? I was worried that this was going to be about another cult, but this is more intricate that with its clever plot and twists along the way. Looking forward to Louise’s next book, you’re imagination knows no bounds!!A must read book that I can not recommend enough.Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy Louise Jenson's books and was delighted to receive a copy of her new book The Family, a psychological thriller full of twists and turns.Laura's husband had a fatal accident when he fell from the roof of a building. Laura is behind in her rent and has no money. The insurance company will not pay out until they have the verdict from the inquest into her husbands death.A customer in her flower shop offers Laura and her teenage daughter Tilly, accommodation at a local farm that runs I always enjoy Louise Jenson's books and was delighted to receive a copy of her new book The Family, a psychological thriller full of twists and turns.Laura's husband had a fatal accident when he fell from the roof of a building. Laura is behind in her rent and has no money. The insurance company will not pay out until they have the verdict from the inquest into her husbands death.A customer in her flower shop offers Laura and her teenage daughter Tilly, accommodation at a local farm that runs as a commune to a small group of people.At first everyone seems friendly but then the doubts begin. A story full of secrets, lies and duplicity.I found that this story told by three different narrators was a little disjointed and did not flow as well as it should.Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ken
    January 1, 1970
    As Laura is struggling to cope with the sudden death of her husband, the situation seems even more grim as the insurance company is delaying payment.With final demands hitting the doorstep, the only glimmer of hope for her and daughter Tilly is the offer of accommodation in the local community Oak Leaf Organics.The opening of this novel was so intriguing especially the events surrounding Gavan’s death, the property developer having been accused of building on a land filled site and in turn As Laura is struggling to cope with the sudden death of her husband, the situation seems even more grim as the insurance company is delaying payment.With final demands hitting the doorstep, the only glimmer of hope for her and daughter Tilly is the offer of accommodation in the local community Oak Leaf Organics.The opening of this novel was so intriguing especially the events surrounding Gavan’s death, the property developer having been accused of building on a land filled site and in turn culpable for the illness of one of the residents in the new build.Instead the story turns its attend towards the cult like commune where the reader is introduced to the third narrator of this tale.Their were some aspects of this location that I really enjoyed, with more characters being introduced leading to more mysteries and questions of who to trust.I really liked Tilly out of the three main characters as the seventeen year old life has been drastically altered, without the internet and other teenage comforts it’s not surprising that she is soon infatuated with someone in the community.Even though I found the second half to drag in places the conclusion was very rewarding, glad that I’d stuck with it for all those satisfying answers!
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    First of all thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Now I have heard great things about this authors previous books, and having read the synopsis, I had high expectations.However I really struggled to connect with the characters and ended up skim reading most of it. It picked up a little towards the end. But then it seemed a bit of an information dump. In last few pages.Not for me unfortunately.6 likes
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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    After Laura and tilly's life implodes in a dramatic fashion it seems like the whole world is against them.At rock bottom and about to lose there home a business acquaintance of Laura offers an unexpected lifeline, a place to go and regroup while she gets her life together.With the divide between mother and daughter gradually widening to the point that miscommunication is rife and neither are correctly interpreting the others signals and clues correctly.There own personal guilt and grief creating After Laura and tilly's life implodes in a dramatic fashion it seems like the whole world is against them.At rock bottom and about to lose there home a business acquaintance of Laura offers an unexpected lifeline, a place to go and regroup while she gets her life together.With the divide between mother and daughter gradually widening to the point that miscommunication is rife and neither are correctly interpreting the others signals and clues correctly.There own personal guilt and grief creating a barrier and as the unspoken truths and secrets mountain grows ever higher it is almost like this landmark is a metaphor for there imploding family dynamics.A hill to climb to bridge the gap that has been unintentionally created here.All though it is clear that despite what appearances suggest, and each of them thinks, the love is definitely here and it is mostly just misunderstanding and a lack of real communication.This, in turn, manages to open up a gap that makes it easy for others to take advantage, especially with the younger Tilly.This is told from three separate POV The mother Laura, The daughter Tilly and Alex an enigmatic figurehead of a local group of people communally living together on a local farm.The family is a psychological thriller that focuses on family and its hidden dynamics it was a solid read that does take a while to heat up.One it does its full steam ahead and its the final few chapters that rescue this somewhat.One final thing the ending itself I found to be slightly anti-climatic with some unanswered questions.I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Family.Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttps://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/www.beckiebookworm.com
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Laura's husband died in a tragic accident. Now she's loosing her home and business. Her sister-in-law tells her that she's no longer part of the family. Now all she has left is her daughter,Tilly. After having a discussion and confiding in Saffron, she tells Laura about Alex, who heads a small community in the Welsh forest called Oak leaf Organics.so with no where else to go, Laura and Tillyend up staying on the farm. But all is not what it seems and Tilly becomes infatuated with Alex.This story Laura's husband died in a tragic accident. Now she's loosing her home and business. Her sister-in-law tells her that she's no longer part of the family. Now all she has left is her daughter,Tilly. After having a discussion and confiding in Saffron, she tells Laura about Alex, who heads a small community in the Welsh forest called Oak leaf Organics.so with no where else to go, Laura and Tillyend up staying on the farm. But all is not what it seems and Tilly becomes infatuated with Alex.This story is told by Laura, Tilly and Alex's point of view. Everybody at Oak Leaf Organics seemed to be a little creepy. Laura is keen to read but Tilly wants to stay. Everyone has secrets and tells lies. The pace is fast and theres twist after twist. This book keeps you guessing of the intentions of other people. I love the authors style in writing. The prologue alone will make you want alone will make you want to keep reading this book. It's a dark and gripping read. I was a little disappointed in the ending and there were parts that seemed to drag out. Apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.I would like to thank Netgalley, HQ and the author Louise Jensen for my ARC in exchange for an honest review
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved all 4 of the authors previous books ( and look forward to her 6th ) So, Laura is trying and failing to cope with the death of her hubby, her daughter Tilly is also trying to do the same and equally failing and losing hope Money is running out and Laura loses her florist businessAlong comes Alex, dashing, film star beautiful and full of hope and confidence Alex and with him his commune that includes a thriving organic veg growing company with a ‘family love’ kind of vibe everywhere, I have loved all 4 of the authors previous books ( and look forward to her 6th ) So, Laura is trying and failing to cope with the death of her hubby, her daughter Tilly is also trying to do the same and equally failing and losing hope Money is running out and Laura loses her florist businessAlong comes Alex, dashing, film star beautiful and full of hope and confidence Alex and with him his commune that includes a thriving organic veg growing company with a ‘family love’ kind of vibe everywhere, astoundingly overnight they move in, lock, stock and barrel as Alex promises to sort out Laura’s money problems and free up her husbands life insurance...guess what though?, Alex isn’t all he seems and so starts a story of lies, deceit, murder, infatuation and secretsThe story is told in small easy chapters by Laura, Tilly and Alex and to be honest I wasn’t keen on any of them nor really that bothered about what was happening to them as they sillily got drawn in quickly and without question to the commune and Alex As the story progressed it becamemore and more unbelievable to me and as all the dots were joined to make the ending I finished it with relief, relief for them and relief for me 😎3/10 2 Stars
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book to be very good. It was extremely thrilling and had plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked. The only downside was that I didn’t like any of the characters. They all really annoyed me and I especially didn’t like Tilly. It was told by 3 of the characters Laura, Tilly and Alex which I really liked as it had 3 points of view so it made it better. There was always lots going on so every page was good. I like Louise Jensen books so I can’t wait to read more from her in the I found this book to be very good. It was extremely thrilling and had plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked. The only downside was that I didn’t like any of the characters. They all really annoyed me and I especially didn’t like Tilly. It was told by 3 of the characters Laura, Tilly and Alex which I really liked as it had 3 points of view so it made it better. There was always lots going on so every page was good. I like Louise Jensen books so I can’t wait to read more from her in the future.
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    First of all thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Now I have heard great things about this authors previous books, and having read the synopsis, I had high expectations.However I really struggled to connect with the characters and ended up skim reading most of it. It picked up a little towards the end. But then it seemed a bit of an information dump. In last few pages. Not for me unfortunately.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I anxiously awaited Jensens newest release having, for the most part, thoroughly enjoyed her work. There’s nothing wrong with the writing here per se, just with the overall execution of the story which becomes increasingly confusing and frustrating at the same time. Another big and strong enough but it didn’t develop and evolve as likely as I would’ve liked. The main character comes across as rather helpless, and when I really enjoy seeing strong female heroines in books of this genre. A for I anxiously awaited Jensens newest release having, for the most part, thoroughly enjoyed her work. There’s nothing wrong with the writing here per se, just with the overall execution of the story which becomes increasingly confusing and frustrating at the same time. Another big and strong enough but it didn’t develop and evolve as likely as I would’ve liked. The main character comes across as rather helpless, and when I really enjoy seeing strong female heroines in books of this genre. A for effort with the writing but a definite D for storyline. I will continue to read books by this author and just hope that her next book returns to the strengths of her earlier novels.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    Laura and her daughter, Tilly, have already suffered unimaginable trauma. Laura’s husband and Tilly’s father, Gavan, has fallen to his death after a visit to one of his construction sites. But in the wake of Gavan’s passing, disturbing details about his business come to light, and people begin to turn on Laura and Tilly, including their own family. Desperate for help, Laura seeks refuge at Oak Leaf Farm and very soon Tilly is pulled into Alex’s orbit. Infatuated by Alex, Tilly is desperate to Laura and her daughter, Tilly, have already suffered unimaginable trauma. Laura’s husband and Tilly’s father, Gavan, has fallen to his death after a visit to one of his construction sites. But in the wake of Gavan’s passing, disturbing details about his business come to light, and people begin to turn on Laura and Tilly, including their own family. Desperate for help, Laura seeks refuge at Oak Leaf Farm and very soon Tilly is pulled into Alex’s orbit. Infatuated by Alex, Tilly is desperate to stay, but Laura is starting to see what is going on here and wants to get out. But someone is very keen to make sure that they never leave.
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  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    OMG! I actually loved The Family by Louise Jensen, this book is a masterclass in how to write a Psychological thriller, it’s a compelling, all–consuming, chilling tale of secrets, lies, blackmail, and manipulation. It’s definitely one of those books that will shock and surprise you in equal measures. After the sudden death of her husband, Laura is struggling, overwhelmed by grief, she finds her financial problems growing by the day, with no family to speak of, Laura has nowhere to turn. Then a OMG! I actually loved The Family by Louise Jensen, this book is a masterclass in how to write a Psychological thriller, it’s a compelling, all–consuming, chilling tale of secrets, lies, blackmail, and manipulation. It’s definitely one of those books that will shock and surprise you in equal measures. After the sudden death of her husband, Laura is struggling, overwhelmed by grief, she finds her financial problems growing by the day, with no family to speak of, Laura has nowhere to turn. Then a lifeline is thrown to Laura and her 17-year–old daughter, Tilly. Laura is offered a home and work by Alex ‘The Family’ leader of Oak Leaf Organics, a ‘retreat’ of sorts for those it need. On the surface It appears to be the answer to Laura’s prayers. It’s always been my motto “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”, if only poor Laura had heeded these words!I really enjoyed how the author alternated chapters between Laura and Tilly, this gives the reader a fascinating insight into their relationship. The author explores the psychological of her characters with such conviction; she breathes life into her characters, making them very credible. It was interesting to read how they misunderstood each other’s thoughts, actions and feelings, this leads to conflict, anger, and pain. Their relationship isn’t an easy one, that’s for sure, but despite their difficulties Laura is like a fierce lion who will do anything to protect her daughter. There are chapters narrated by the charismatic Alex, these chapters felt much darker, intense and disquieting.From the first description of Oak Leaf I had a creeping sense of unease, The setting of Oak Leaf farm felt sinister and claustrophobic, the descriptions of the crows and building give this book a gothic feel, it’s a place which feels incredibly dark. As Laura and Tilly become part of ‘The Family’ the plot takes on a sinister tone, each of ‘The Family’ has a secret, and as the story progresses you learn more of their backstories (sometimes it’s shocking other times desperately sad), it’s gives the reader an insight into how and why the characters are drawn to the sanctuary of Oak Leaf. Laura and Tilly are at their most vulnerable, and from the off I got the sense Alex would use this to his advantage. As the author weaved her tale, you realise that Oak Leaf might not be the haven it first appeared, manipulation, remoteness from the outside world, all point to it being a ‘cult’ of sorts. The Family frighteningly highlights how people can easily be manipulated and coerced when they are at their most vulnerable.The Family holds so many secrets, and we all know it doesn’t matter how deep you bury them, they have a way of surfacing when you least expect it, secrets that can be used against you, secrets that hurt, or secrets that have far-reaching consequences, as Laura and Tilly find out. The author drops subtle hints, slowly building on the tension and adding an increasing sense of unease. Just as I thought I had it all worked out, I realised Louise Jensen had misdirected me at every given opportunity, naughty, naughty! But so cleverly done. I always find a book much more satisfying when I’m taken by surprise. The Family explores what makes a family, and then turns it on its head, making this book a twisted, and shocking read. A must-read book, that I would highly recommend.All my reviews can be found at www.thebookreviewcafe.com
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Laura’s husband dies suddenly after falling off scaffolding at his construction site. Laura and daughter Tilly are distraught and have no money due to the insurance not been paid out until after the inquest. Not only are they going to lose their home but, Laura will lose her flower shop business because she can’t pay the bills and her husband was being sued to the new houses been on a toxic waste site.One day Saffron comes into the shop and offers her help. Saffron lives on a farm in a commune Laura’s husband dies suddenly after falling off scaffolding at his construction site. Laura and daughter Tilly are distraught and have no money due to the insurance not been paid out until after the inquest. Not only are they going to lose their home but, Laura will lose her flower shop business because she can’t pay the bills and her husband was being sued to the new houses been on a toxic waste site.One day Saffron comes into the shop and offers her help. Saffron lives on a farm in a commune and has offered Laura and her daughter Tilly a place to stay until the insurance money comes in. She only asks her to help her with their Organic vegetable business. Also, the commune leader. A charismatic character called Alex will help her get her money. The story is told mostly of Laura and Tilly’s point of view and a little bit of Alex’s at the end. We are shown how desperate people can get, to get what they want. There is also a lot of twists and turns in this book to keep you entertained. 4 stars from me.
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  • Melanie’s reads
    January 1, 1970
    If you have ever wondered how people get sucked in to cults or other things they would never normally do then this is why . Complete and utter desperation, lack of money, bills, losing a roof over your head and no support.They can almost feel like saviours until true colours start to show (which they always do).Louise has very believably captured this and this is a very character driven book. She totally understands mother and teenage child dynamics and how a parent has to hold it all together If you have ever wondered how people get sucked in to cults or other things they would never normally do then this is why . Complete and utter desperation, lack of money, bills, losing a roof over your head and no support.They can almost feel like saviours until true colours start to show (which they always do).Louise has very believably captured this and this is a very character driven book. She totally understands mother and teenage child dynamics and how a parent has to hold it all together even when everything is falling apart.The setting of Oak Leaf lent a creepy vibe and the occupants definitely added some too. Scooby Doo would be yelling yikes and getting the hell out of there!I won’t say much about the plot and the sinister goings on as this is a book that is read best with little information. Especially if you’re an armchair detective like me. I didn’t work it out and there were some good clues,red herrings and twists thrown my way.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Laura, whose husband, Gavan, has died suddenly leaving her and their daughter,Tilly, grieving and confused. Gavan stood accused of building houses on polluted land, which has led to a local girl becoming really ill and Laura and Tilly have been ostracised by their town because of this. Laura also has money worries and is on the brink of losing her house and her business, a florist's shop, which she has had for many years.Laura is in the shop one day and has a seizure, and is This is the story of Laura, whose husband, Gavan, has died suddenly leaving her and their daughter,Tilly, grieving and confused. Gavan stood accused of building houses on polluted land, which has led to a local girl becoming really ill and Laura and Tilly have been ostracised by their town because of this. Laura also has money worries and is on the brink of losing her house and her business, a florist's shop, which she has had for many years.Laura is in the shop one day and has a seizure, and is helped by a member of a local community, Saffron, who tells Laura that the leader, Alex, should be able to help her with her money problems. Laura and Tilly go to stay with the little community, but then sinister things start happening and Laura becomes increasingly frightened for her and her daughter's safety. Tilly meanwhile is falling for the group's leader, Alex.I really enjoyed this book. I was drawn into the story immediately and it held my attention throughout. As the tension built as the story progressed I genuinely began to feel more and more stressed. The ending revealed twist after twist and I honestly did not see any of them coming. I would highly recommend this book and will definitely be reading more from this author.Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this book.
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  • Rachel Hall
    January 1, 1970
    Decent opening but marred by a second half of unbelievable and convenient twists.. I normally steer clear of psychological thrillers that veer into the territory of cults because, by and large, they turn out to be incredibly predictable and usually follow the same pattern. Watching all the pieces fall into place and the vulnerable being welcomed and subsequently manipulated by the group is far less shocking when you are reading it for what feels like the nth time! However despite everything in Decent opening but marred by a second half of unbelievable and convenient twists.. I normally steer clear of psychological thrillers that veer into the territory of cults because, by and large, they turn out to be incredibly predictable and usually follow the same pattern. Watching all the pieces fall into place and the vulnerable being welcomed and subsequently manipulated by the group is far less shocking when you are reading it for what feels like the nth time! However despite everything in The Family feeling rather simplistic and an accelerated entrance into the organic vegetable cooperative (aka ‘cult’), the opening of this novel is its strength.Laura Evans and seventeen-year-old daughter, Tilly, are traumatised and struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of breadwinning husband and father, Gavan, six weeks earlier after falling from scaffolding. With the construction company that Gavan owned with his brother rocked by a recent local scandal with enormous financial implications his death is necessarily regarded as suspicious, before an inquest can deliver a final death certificate. As Gavan’s insurance will not pay out on an interim death certificate, the family’s rented home and Laura’s floristry shop are both placed in jeopardy. Cast out by the community, bullied at school and with relations with Gavan’s brother, sister-in-law and niece disintegrating, mother and daughter have nowhere to turn. Alongside Laura’s memories of being thrown out of home as a seventeen-year-old by her parents, losing Gavan and her second family leaves her desperate for a lifeline and vulnerable.Said lifeline comes in the shape of Saffron from Oak Leaf Organics who offers Laura and Tilly a place to stay in exchange for helping out with the growing of produce on an estate locally regarded as some sort of commune. In despair and anticipating the payout from Gavan’s life policy in the next few weeks, Laura sees it as her last hope. But as initial friendliness and positivity lull the two women into a false sense of security and safety, subsequent events begin to arouse Laura’s suspicions whilst Tilly seems to be becoming dangerously obsessed by magnetic group leader, Alex. Soon it isn’t quite the supportive new family that was promised and Laura finds herself being cleaved apart from Tilly just as her daughter is becoming further entrenched within the group.The narrative is multi-stranded and follows Laura and Tilly in the first-person before seeing that of messiah like leader, Alex, who is both handsome and very persuasive, in the third-person. The short chapters make it difficult to get an in-depth idea about any of the characters largely because their motivations are dependent on lies and held back until the ending, meaning the story is excessively convoluted. There is a heck of a lot to be packed in ahead of the denouement and in a novel of 400 pages cramming everything in necessitates surface details only.As the second half opened my interest plummeted and given I wasn’t invested in the characters of either Laura or Tilly, it was downhill all the way as twist after convenient truth and an elaborate backstory leads to a rushed and unbelievable denouement. Not only was the portrayal of a cult pretty superficial but the character arc of Laura and Tilly too rapid and poorly explored to prove believable. Neither Tilly’s sudden maturity or Laura’s discovery of strength feel credible, whilst Alex is a confusing mix of mentally unstable, misguided and a psychopath leaving me confused as to the authors intention for his character.Louise Jensen’s characterisation in this and all of her previous novels seems to rely on each and every character having a truck load of secrets, all of which have significant importance in tying up a overly neat but very convoluted resolution and this is most definitely the case in The Family! Decent first half, but a dire second,
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.How far would you go to protect those you love?This book is fast paced and grips you from the first chapter, drawing you in for a bumpy, heartbreaking ride full of twists you don't see coming.The story unfolds told from the perspective of three of the main characters - Laura, Tilly and Alex. I loved the twists at the end of the book and all my guessing throughout the book never came close to the ending it panned out I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.How far would you go to protect those you love?This book is fast paced and grips you from the first chapter, drawing you in for a bumpy, heartbreaking ride full of twists you don't see coming.The story unfolds told from the perspective of three of the main characters - Laura, Tilly and Alex. I loved the twists at the end of the book and all my guessing throughout the book never came close to the ending it panned out to be. Such a gripping read.
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  • janine
    January 1, 1970
    * MAKE YOURSELF A CUPPA, SIT AND GET COMFY BECAYSE ONCE YOU START READJNG YOU WONT STOP UNTIL THE END *An outstanding novel showcasing vulnerability, grief, deception, tragedy, psychology and that whole underlying question:'Are we born good or bad?'Louise Jenson has touched brilliantly on the subject of death/suicide/murder in this book, so well that you dont find any answers until the very end.What I thought at first was a predictable story completely blew me away.. I was totally wrong with * MAKE YOURSELF A CUPPA, SIT AND GET COMFY BECAYSE ONCE YOU START READJNG YOU WONT STOP UNTIL THE END *An outstanding novel showcasing vulnerability, grief, deception, tragedy, psychology and that whole underlying question:'Are we born good or bad?'Louise Jenson has touched brilliantly on the subject of death/suicide/murder in this book, so well that you dont find any answers until the very end.What I thought at first was a predictable story completely blew me away.. I was totally wrong with every assumption.Set within a 'community' of like minded people, the two main female characters Tilly & Laura somehow find themselves trapped within the confines of the farm, questioning life in general but both concealing secrets.Each character alone have their own secrets and scars to bare. I must admit that a couple if characters are more filler characters and the story wouldn't have suffered without them. Super fast paced and jam packed with twists and turns you will not be able to put this down.Massive thank you to netgalley and HQ for the ARC.
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  • Emma Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    Family. Secrets. Lies. Cults. Death. Revenge.As soon as I read the chilling synopsis and saw the eerie cover I knew I HAD to read this book. Shadowy, sinister, claustrophobic, and dripping with suspense, this was an intoxicating and involving read. Louise Jensen is an author who’s been on my radar for a while, but somehow I’ve never quite got around to reading one of her books. I am so glad I finally did and that it was this book. The Family is a sharp, well plotted and twisty novel, and a Family. Secrets. Lies. Cults. Death. Revenge.As soon as I read the chilling synopsis and saw the eerie cover I knew I HAD to read this book. Shadowy, sinister, claustrophobic, and dripping with suspense, this was an intoxicating and involving read. Louise Jensen is an author who’s been on my radar for a while, but somehow I’ve never quite got around to reading one of her books. I am so glad I finally did and that it was this book. The Family is a sharp, well plotted and twisty novel, and a cunning hall of mirrors experience that I couldn’t put down. Right up until the final page she had me guessing and on the edge of my seat.I read a lot of thrillers and I always think that reading a story where the characters are trapped in a situation or place elevates the tension. Laura and Tilly are slowly lured into their new “family” and imprisoned in the community. It happens with such subtlety that it takes them a while to see the warning signs, and some they don’t see at all. The story is told from multiple points of view which is something I always enjoy. I love getting a glimpse into the minds of the characters and trying to ascertain if they are reliable in what they’re saying. I also find it fascinating to read the same event from different points of view and in this book I particularly enjoyed doing so from a mother and daughter perspective as there viewpoints were inevitably very unalike. As a mother of teenagers these glaring contrasts were thought provoking and a great reminder of the fact that how we intend things is not always how it comes across or is received.The believability of this story is a testament to the author’s talent. All the characters had depth and I thought she chose her narrators perfectly. Laura is vulnerable, helpless and desperate and her daughter is both her weakness and her strength. She’s only there for a short-term fix and never fully buys into what they’re selling her. Tilly is feeling isolated, confused and angry. Her pain is palpable and her fierce need for acceptance sees her drinking the kool-aid quickly while also falling under Alex’s spell. Alex is the perfect cult leader and villain. He’s magnetic, charming and affable but the readers also get to see his inner turmoil and flagitious nature. Together they are a perfect storm. So, if you’re looking for something creepy and dark to read on a cold autumn night, I would highly recommend this jaw-dropping and unnerving thriller. Thank you to HQ for my invitation to take part in the blog tour and to NetGalley and HQ for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sasa aka Sasko
    January 1, 1970
    5+ starsNow this is my type of psycho-thriller.My mind is shattered and blown apart and I can't stop thinking about what I just read.So many lies, secrets, twist upon twist, red herrings and unpredicrability.I really liked her first two books and I adored her third but this one is her best one yet.I admire Louise Jensen's ability to create something new and unique and crazy every single time.I have read all her novels except The date and now I can't freaking wait to read it and to be stunned and 5+ starsNow this is my type of psycho-thriller.My mind is shattered and blown apart and I can't stop thinking about what I just read.So many lies, secrets, twist upon twist, red herrings and unpredicrability.I really liked her first two books and I adored her third but this one is her best one yet.I admire Louise Jensen's ability to create something new and unique and crazy every single time.I have read all her novels except The date and now I can't freaking wait to read it and to be stunned and shocked one more time. :D
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  • Cathryn Northfield
    January 1, 1970
    5* read that had me gripped throughout and had me wanting to pick up my kindle every chance I got!A psychological thriller with more twists than a coiled spring, each one shocking and surprising. This book really makes you realise how vulnerable human beings can be when feeling desperate, low and in certain mind frames. The plot was well thought out and clever. It’s my first Louise Jenson book and I’m now so excited to read her others. Highly recommend you add this to your to read list for when 5* read that had me gripped throughout and had me wanting to pick up my kindle every chance I got!A psychological thriller with more twists than a coiled spring, each one shocking and surprising. This book really makes you realise how vulnerable human beings can be when feeling desperate, low and in certain mind frames. The plot was well thought out and clever. It’s my first Louise Jenson book and I’m now so excited to read her others. Highly recommend you add this to your to read list for when it’s released in October.Thank you to NetGalley & Louise Jensen for this ARC.Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home. But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go. Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    The Family started well. Laura and her seventeen year old daughter Tilly are reeling from the sudden death of husband and father Gavan. Struggling financially due to the insurance company’s reluctance to pay out, Laura is easily persuaded to accept first legal advice, and then a place to live, from the charismatic Alex, who leads what looks suspiciously like a cult in the guise of an organic food co-operative. Life on the Oak Leaf Organics farm, however, rapidly becomes alarming...I do love a The Family started well. Laura and her seventeen year old daughter Tilly are reeling from the sudden death of husband and father Gavan. Struggling financially due to the insurance company’s reluctance to pay out, Laura is easily persuaded to accept first legal advice, and then a place to live, from the charismatic Alex, who leads what looks suspiciously like a cult in the guise of an organic food co-operative. Life on the Oak Leaf Organics farm, however, rapidly becomes alarming...I do love a dodgy cult and this looked promising for a while - a controlling leader and members clad all in white, strange noises in the night, etc - but did all start to get a bit confusing by the end. Narrated in turns by Laura, Tilly and (more briefly) Alex, it takes a while for the strands to come together. It was a good read overall, but ultimately a bit too confusing and far-fetched to really engage me.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    The Family had a very different feel to it than its predecessors. There’s a very slow build up surrounding the story of Laura, her daughter Tilly and how they end up living in a commune after Laura’s husband Gavan dies unexpectedly. Laura’s entire life comes crashing down around her after she loses her husband and she is at risk of losing her home, her business and the family she always thought would stand by her. But she finds another family in the form of Alex and the others who work and live The Family had a very different feel to it than its predecessors. There’s a very slow build up surrounding the story of Laura, her daughter Tilly and how they end up living in a commune after Laura’s husband Gavan dies unexpectedly. Laura’s entire life comes crashing down around her after she loses her husband and she is at risk of losing her home, her business and the family she always thought would stand by her. But she finds another family in the form of Alex and the others who work and live at the farm where they run Oak Leaf Organics. Alex is a charismatic “leader” and both Laura and Tilly find themselves unexpectedly drawn to him. But is their new “family” really as supportive as they think or is there another reason for keeping mother and daughter away from the outside world? And I was kept guessing throughout which side of the fence I would come down on!Although this could be described as a slow burner, the tension builds to an almost unbearable pace towards the end when everything comes together. There are twists and turns galore in the final few pages so make sure you pay close attention as there is a lot going on! Louise Jensen keeps some very big secrets back though so that just when you think you’ve got it all sorted in your head…BANG! there’s another shocking moment to make your head explode!Louise Jensen writes such involving plots with characters who feel like they could be our own friends or family. The Family takes our expectations of what makes a true family and gives them a bloody great shake up! This is a great book that will keep you guessing till the very end and was definitely worth my wait!
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  • Jodie (jodie.loves.books)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This book was filled with more twists and turns than I thought was ever possible! A complete edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting thriller.In The Family, we follow Laura and her 17 year old daughter Tilly as they struggle to cope with the loss of Gavan, Tilly’s Dad. Laura is facing huge financial problems and is desperately waiting for Gavan’s life insurance to pay out. She seeks the comfort of Saffron who lives and works at the Oak Leaf Organics Farm. Saffron suggests she visit Alex (another Wow! This book was filled with more twists and turns than I thought was ever possible! A complete edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting thriller.In The Family, we follow Laura and her 17 year old daughter Tilly as they struggle to cope with the loss of Gavan, Tilly’s Dad. Laura is facing huge financial problems and is desperately waiting for Gavan’s life insurance to pay out. She seeks the comfort of Saffron who lives and works at the Oak Leaf Organics Farm. Saffron suggests she visit Alex (another member of the farm) to help with her legal and financial problems... This is where everything starts to unravel!I was in awe of the many connections that were made between the different characters and how developed they all were. Everything slotted together perfectly and plot was incredible! The first half of this book was definitely a slow burn, creating lots of questions and guesses that were all brilliantly answered and cleared up in the gripping second half.Overall, I absolutely loved this book and it’s definitely one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read! I can’t wait to read Louise Jensen’s other books! - 5 stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Thank you to HQ for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I Really enjoyed this psychological thriller!I've never read a Lousie Jensen book before but after reading the family, I'm definitely going to pick up her other books. This was a really well written, fast paced and claustrophobic psychological thriller.It focused a lot on cults, which I thought was really interesting and very dark. It kind of incorporated my favourite trope in thrillers, the closed in setting, can't live trope but it was done really differently and not like in the other books I Really enjoyed this psychological thriller!I've never read a Lousie Jensen book before but after reading the family, I'm definitely going to pick up her other books. This was a really well written, fast paced and claustrophobic psychological thriller.It focused a lot on cults, which I thought was really interesting and very dark. It kind of incorporated my favourite trope in thrillers, the closed in setting, can't live trope but it was done really differently and not like in the other books I've read before. My only minor complaint was that it was a bit hard go get used to the fact that the same days events would be described twice from two different perspectives. I would prefer to have the day not repeated twice from two perspectives. But that's just a personal preference. I really did fly through this in a day. It was very compelling and hard to put down. There was lots of twists and turns. None of which I saw coming. I made some predictions at the start but they ended up not being true so it really was a surprising read Overall, really enjoyed this thriller and I'll definitely be picking up more of Louise Jensen's books in the futureTW: Rape and bullying
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great psychological thriller. The opening chapter describes someone being seriously injured, but you don’t know who. We then get to know Laura and her seventeen year old daughter, Tilly. They’re both grieving for Gavan, who has left a huge hole in their lives.Laura is struggling financially as Gavan’s life insurance hasn’t been finalised and she’s becoming more and more worried. Tilly is struggling without her Dad and is also being picked on at school since returning after his death. This is a great psychological thriller. The opening chapter describes someone being seriously injured, but you don’t know who. We then get to know Laura and her seventeen year old daughter, Tilly. They’re both grieving for Gavan, who has left a huge hole in their lives.Laura is struggling financially as Gavan’s life insurance hasn’t been finalised and she’s becoming more and more worried. Tilly is struggling without her Dad and is also being picked on at school since returning after his death. Laura then meets Saffron who offers to help her and takes her to visit the community where she’s been staying. It’s a remote location with no wi-fi or TVs and the people there seem to love it. Laura is drawn to the man who runs the community, Alex, and Tilly seems to be mesmerised by him. They’re soon persuaded to move in as they can’t afford the rent anymore and things start off well but Laura can’t get rid of the feeling that things aren’t what they seem. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say this is a gripping, twisty psychological thriller that will have you racing through the pages. Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Mark Tilbury
    January 1, 1970
    What a web of lies are woven into this story!Just when I thought I knew what was going on, I realised I didn't. Family dynamics, broken relationships, death and needing a fresh start all play a role in how this story develops.I liked how I was led up the (organic) garden path on several occasions to outcomes and revelations I wasn't expecting. I never really warmed to Laura or Tilly, but their mother/daughter relationship, and the strains being put upon it were really well done.This is the What a web of lies are woven into this story!Just when I thought I knew what was going on, I realised I didn't. Family dynamics, broken relationships, death and needing a fresh start all play a role in how this story develops.I liked how I was led up the (organic) garden path on several occasions to outcomes and revelations I wasn't expecting. I never really warmed to Laura or Tilly, but their mother/daughter relationship, and the strains being put upon it were really well done.This is the second book by Jensen I've read and it's another fine example of a psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes - and on edge.
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  • Diane Merritt
    January 1, 1970
    Very dark and twisty... was another good book from this Author. Lots of twists that i didn't see coming. Looking forward to her next book. Never seems to disappoint.Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for an early release of this book.
  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    Your husband is dead in a terrible work accident. The life insurance pay out is being held up. You are going to lose your home and business and you can do nothing. What are you going to do? A chance meeting and a conversation seems to be the answer. A local community Oak Leaf Organics offers you and your seventeen year old daughter a home until you are back on your feet. What is it they say If You Think Something Is Too Good To Be True then it usually is. Lots of twists and turns and so many Your husband is dead in a terrible work accident. The life insurance pay out is being held up. You are going to lose your home and business and you can do nothing. What are you going to do? A chance meeting and a conversation seems to be the answer. A local community Oak Leaf Organics offers you and your seventeen year old daughter a home until you are back on your feet. What is it they say If You Think Something Is Too Good To Be True then it usually is. Lots of twists and turns and so many secrets and so many lies. I was gripped by this read. When the truth was finally revealed I was shocked, I had some ideas but no way did I see that coming. A real page turner of a psychological thriller with a very explosive climax. Almost five stars and highly recommended. I would like to thank the author, HQ and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
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