The Family Secret, a review by Kristin

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The Family Secret
By: Kiersten Modglin

Publication Date: January 31, 2023
Published By: Kiersten Modglin
280 pages

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Newly engaged Austyn Murphy and Lowell Bass receive a devastating call that Lowell’s parents unexpectedly died. They were quickly on a plane a headed for the Bass Estate. Once they arrived, Austyn could feel that the Bass estate had many hidden secrets. When Lowell asks Austyn about staying there permanently, she begins to see a side of her fiancé that she’s never seen before. Austyn has no idea about the world she is marrying into, but she will soon find out. Then her friend Emily calls with some unfortunate news of her own, and Emily files out to stay with Austyn and Lowell for a few days. The longer Emily stays, the closer she seems to be getting to Lowell, Austyn worries she may not be making the right decision marrying Lowell. The Bass family has more secrets than Austyn can ever imagine, and some of those secrets may be deadly.

The Family Secret is Modglin at her very best. When you start reading this, you won’t be able to put it down until your finished – I should know, I read it in one sitting. Modglin has a way of perfectly writing her characters in such a way that you can feel what they are feeling – the anxiety, the fear, and the sorrow. While this is technically a domestic suspense thriller, there is much more to this book than that. It really makes the reader think about how well do we really know someone – your significant other; your best friend; your college roommate? I can honestly say that I haven’t read anything else like this book, and that is another reason that it is so enjoyable. Modglin successfully tricked me again – I still can never figure out her twists!! I highly recommend this book, and believe it needs to be read by anyone that enjoys a thriller book.


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