Dahlia grew up on Blackburn Island with her twin Andy, older sister Tate, and oldest brother Charlie. All were homeschooled in true crime by their weird, serial killer-obsessed mother. At sixteen, Andy runs away from home. Ten years later, when their taciturn father dies, the three remaining children return home for his funeral. Imagine everyone’s surprise when Andy’s bludgeoned body is found in the father’s newly dug grave! Dahlia must find Andy’s killer and avenge his death in The Family Plot.
The story begins with an Addams Family type feel. These people, especially the mother, are freaky AF. But not necessarily believable. However, after a while, they began to seem more genuine as their secrets are revealed one-by-one.
The plot structure of The Family Plot is unusual because the most shocking reveal is placed at about 75% into the book. The final “twist” revealed later was so obvious, it felt like a letdown. This is the biggest negative of this interesting merging of the mystery and true crime genres. I will definitely be looking for other books by this author even though this one was somewhat disappointing. 3.5 stars.
Thanks to Atria Books and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.