The Family Lie: An unputdownable psychological thriller with edge of your seat suspense

The Family Lie: An unputdownable psychological thriller with edge of your seat suspense

by Jake Cross

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Overview

You whispered goodnight to your daughter. You didn’t know that would be your last goodbye.



You wake up in the middle of the night.



Your five-year-old daughter is gone.



Your husband is nowhere to be seen.



Your family think he took her.



The police believe he’s guilty.



But he wouldn’t do that, would he?



He’s a loving father. A loving husband. Isn’t he?



An addictive and completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist that will blow you away. Fans of The Girl on the Train, K.L. Slater and Shalini Boland won’t be able to put down this jaw-dropping novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786814418
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 223,931
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Family Lie: An unputdownable psychological thriller with edge of your seat suspense 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Reading the jacket description made me believe I was starting a thriller built around a dysfunctional family. The story is so much more! Jake Cross took an often used story theme and pumped some unusual events and characters into it. The more you read, the more you start to wonder where this story is going. A great twist on the "usual" will surprise you and leave you looking for another Jake Cross book to see if this was a one off.
EdnaG 9 months ago
Description You whispered goodnight to your daughter. You didn’t know that would be your last goodbye. You wake up in the middle of the night. Your five-year-old daughter is gone. Your husband is nowhere to be seen. Your family thinks he took her. The police believe he’s guilty. But he wouldn’t do that, would he? He’s a loving father. A loving husband. Isn’t he? Man oh, man. There are a twist and turns. It kept me wondering. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times. Nice read. Thanks as always to NetGalley and Publisher for the advance read.
VWilliams 10 months ago
This novel sets a stage that looks promising. Hooks you in and gets you reading and I usually do not undertake a story regarding a kidnapped child. Five-year-old Josie is kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night. Main character Anna wakes to find rain pelting the window, husband missing, patio door. But no Josie and no Nick. It doesn't take long before she's called in the police, but almost immediately they suspect something other than a kidnapping. For one, the husband is gone as well. Isn't it more likely he took off with his child? Now begins a long and tedious search, which goes on, and on, throughout which we are introduced to secondary characters, police, detectives, investigators, condescending and suspicious. And here's where one of my problems enter. I really don't like any of them. Particularly the one who refers to Anna as "dear." And then they find Nick, apparently knocked over the head, drugged, and dragged along for the ride. But where was Josie? The narrative begins introducing twists that throw you off the original scent, scatters the few ideas you might have held for the antagonist(s). And as the storyline plods along, gets further afield. Here are circumstances the reader could not have known about. Although I can appreciate that the parents might veer in the opposite direction in their effort to get to Josie, Nick comes off weak and largely ineffectual, Anna unsympathetic. Seems neither police nor parents make informed decisions. The writing seems a bit awkward at times, the dialogue gawky, some of the scenes inappropriate (come on--he put his hands between her legs? And she accepted it? Not!) Must admit, this book was not for me, although you may enjoy it. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley and appreciated the opportunity to read and review.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Anna Carter has awakened to find her husband, Nick, and their 5-year-old daughter, Josie, are missing. The patio door is standing open and there is blood on the back step. Anna is convinced someone has broken in and taken both of them. After the police arrive, she sees a text on her phone saying Josie has been taken and Anna loses. Then, a phone call comes in telling her not to involve the police or Josie loses a finger. When it’s discovered that Nick’s van is missing, Anna begins to wonder if he took her. But why? Later, Nick is found on the street hyped up on drugs and delirious. After the drugs are out of his system, he says someone attacked him and gave him a shot in his neck. If Nick did not take his own daughter, then who did and why? There are lots of police in the house monitoring the disappearance of Josie and waiting for phone calls from the kidnapper. Anna’s wealthy father is there along with her blind sister, Jane. Some members of the police appear to be sympathetic but it not come across as genuine. Some don’t seem very professional which is not the case usually with the police in the UK. There is some confusing dialogue from the police. Nick comes across as an impetuous hot head with his crude, unfiltered comments and tendency to jump. Anna is strangely quiet as the search continues for Josie. I tried to feel sympathy for them but the lack of emotion written into the story left me cold. Other than Nick, everyone else seems to roll over and play dead. This was a convoluted story to follow. Too much dialogue. Too many characters to try and keep up with. I found myself frowning trying to figure out who was who. The reason for the kidnapping is unusual but not necessarily believable. All in all, I cannot recommend this book. it’s exhausting. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous 10 months ago
The Family Lie by Jake Cross is a brilliant story that will be of interest to readers of all genres. Anna wakes up at 3:03 AM and sees that her husband, Nick, and her 5 -year-old daughter, Josie, are both missing. Also, her husband's van is gone - Anna tries to call Nick's cellphone but keeps getting a message to leave a voicemail. The police arrive and after some scrutiny, they begin to wonder if the husband had maliciously kidnapped his own daughter. Nick's passport is still there. Also, because Anna's father has a decent amount of money - could this all be a way for ransom to be paid to Nick??? After all, he IS in debt... Eventually, Nick is found, drugged and beaten up. He goes to the police station and has seizures. He is then taken to the hospital, Demands for ransom are a bit far apart and the orders change and become outright outlandish!!! The $50,000 ransom (paid by Anna's dad). Is ready to go with Anna. The kidnappers keep changing their minds on who/what/where they ask the "bagman" (in this case, Anna) to do. Nick has an awful temper and this does not help him in negotiations of any kind or with the police or anyone else, for that matter. The ransom demands have Anna following directions to a tee. Eventually, hustling with the maze she is going through, the kidnappers tell her that they have changed their minds and want Nick to bring the money, instead. More wild chasing ensues... A very twisty journey of suspense and mystery. Definitely a psychological thriller you would enjoy reading! Many thanks to Bookouture and NetGallery for a dazzling read with twists that you will not see coming!
CCinME 10 months ago
Multi-layered domestic family thriller beginning with a kidnapped child and missing husband. What follows is a roller coaster ride of twists and turns where the truth is not discovered until the very end. Distinctive writing style but compulsively readable.