Book Review

Book Review: A Family if Strangers by Emilie Richards

In exchange for an honest review, I was provided a free eARC of A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards.

Release Date: June 25, 2019

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Official Description (Courtesy of NetGalley)

Could a lifetime of memories…be a lifetime of lies?

All her life Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy’s achievements, she didn’t even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly fatal mistake in judgment. The sisters’ choices have taken them in different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when Wendy calls, begging for her help. There’s been a murder—and Wendy believes she’ll be wrongfully accused.

While Wendy lies low, Ryan moves back to their hometown to care for the nieces she hardly knows. The sleuthing skills she’s refined as a true-crime podcaster quickly rise to the surface as she digs for answers with the help of an unexpected ally. Yet the trail of clues Wendy’s left behind lead to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who, with every revelation, becomes more and more a stranger?

Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect liar—or worse?

My Thoughts

A Family of Strangers was an interesting and intriguing read about all of the secrets a family could have.

Wendy, Ryan’s older sister, is seemingly perfect in every way. But, as the story unfolds and Ryan digs deeper into the murder mystery that is keeping her sister away from her family, Ryan begins to realize that Wendy is not who she appears to be to everyone.

Wendy is far from perfect and does some pretty shady things that makes Ryan question her loyalty to her family. Through many twists and turns, Ryan’s digs up many secrets that twists how she sees her sister and her mother in almost every aspect.

Ryan was a go-getter and at times I felt she got herself into more trouble than was necessary. But I get that she was doing what she could to help out her family, no matter the cost.

I felt that the family dynamics were off from the beginning, but this was something that is actually part of the storyline and is explained towards the end of the story.

In Conclusion

While slow at times, I found A Family of Strangers to be intriguing. It’s one I would have bought in the store after reading the cover and it’s one I’d recommend if you like a good mystery.

Some plot points are predictable, but I found it was still worth the read.

Four stars!


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