The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub #bookreview #thriller

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Title: The Other Family

Author: Wendy Corsi Staub

Publisher:   William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: February 8th 2022

Page Count: 380

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub makes her trade paperback debut with a fast-paced thriller in the vein of Lisa Jewell’s The Family Upstairs and Megan Collins’ The Winter Sister. Here, a family making a fresh start moves into a house which was the site of an unsolved triple homicide—and are watched by an unknown person…

The watcher sees who you are…and knows what you did. 

It’s the perfect home for the perfect family: pretty Nora Howell, her handsome husband, their two teenage daughters, and lovable dog. As California transplants making a fresh start in Brooklyn, they expected to live in a shoebox, but the brownstone has a huge kitchen, lots of light, and a backyard. The catch: its previous residents were victims of a grisly triple homicide that remains unsolved.  

Soon, peculiar things begin happening. The pug is nosing around like a bloodhound. Nora unearths a long-hidden rusty box in the flowerbed. Oldest daughter Stacey, obsessed with the family murdered in their house, pokes into the bloody past and becomes convinced that a stranger is watching the house. Watching them.

She’s right. But one of the Howells will recognize his face. Because one of them has a secret that will blindside the others with a truth that lies shockingly close to home—and to this one’s terrifying history.

The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub is a thriller novel. The story in The Other Family is one that is told by changing the point of view between a few of the characters to give different sides of the story.

Nora Howell and her husband, Keith, have made the decision to pack up their family and move to Brooklyn, NY. The Howell family arrive at their new home and quickly settle in with the two teenagers daughters making their way to their new schools making a fresh start for the whole family.

Nora makes friends with a neighbor rather quickly and soon the family learns that their new home has a ominous past. The house they choose was once the setting for a triple murder which fascinates oldest daughter who is a fan of true crime. As the family settles in though someone out there begins watching them as secrets of the past come to the present.

I have actually read and enjoyed other books by Wendy Corsi Staub so I was excited to dive into The Other Family. The story quickly pulled me in and moved at a quick pace with the short chapters and changing viewpoints. I loved that I couldn’t trust a soul as I waited to find out what would happen as it unfolded. The ending to this one however seemed a bit abrupt and not totally satisfying so that left me to rate this at three and a half stars.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than ninety novels, best known for the single title psychological suspense novels she writes under her own name. Those books and the women’s fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

Wendy’s current releases, LITTLE GIRL LOST, DEAD SILENCE, and THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER comprise her fifth suspense trilogy for HarperCollins/William Morrow. She is writing a standalone psychological suspense to be published by William Morrow mid 2021. The first three titles in her Lily Dale traditional mystery series are NINE LIVES; SOMETHING BURIED, SOMETHING BLUE, and DEAD OF WINTER, with two more coming from Severn House in 2021-22.

Her novel HELLO, IT’S ME was a recent Hallmark television movie starring Kellie Martin. Her short story “Cat Got Your Tongue” appeared in R.L. Stine’s MWA middle grade anthology SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (HarperCollins). Her short story “The Elephant in the Room” appears in Nasty Woman Press’s inaugural anthology SHATTERING GLASS.

A three-time finalist for the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, she’s won an RWA Rita Award, an RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement, and five WLA Washington Irving Prizes for Fiction.

She previously published a dozen adult suspense novels with Kensington Books and the critically-acclaimed young adult paranormal series “Lily Dale” (Walker/Bloomsbury). Earlier in her career, she published a broad range of genres under her own name and pseudonyms, and was a co-author/ghostwriter for several celebrities.

Raised in western NY’s snow belt, Wendy graduated from SUNY Fredonia and launched a publishing career in New York City. She was Associate Editor at Silhouette Books before selling her first novel in 1992. Married with two young adult sons, she lives in the NYC suburbs. An active supporter of Planned Parenthood and the American Cancer Society, she was a featured speaker at Northern Westchester’s Relay for Life and a National Spokesperson for the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. She has fostered for various animal rescue organizations and has three beloved rescue cats.

7 Comments on “The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub #bookreview #thriller

    • Interesting indeed! Everyone does have this different takes though which is why it’s great to have so many opinions to read. 🙂

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