Today I am reviewing The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler. This was released on the 4th of June, published by One More Chapter.
My family has just been reunited. So who is trying to tear it apart?
A mother who disappeared…
When Beth was 10 years old, her beautiful, wild mother Alice walked out and never came back. Beth’s life since hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but now she is happy and settled, with a successful career, a loving family and a beautiful home.
An unexpected visitor…
Then one day there’s a knock at the door. Alice has returned. Overjoyed to have the chance to rebuild their relationship, Beth invites her mother to move in.
A life that comes crashing down…
At first, everything seems wonderful. But then Beth’s friends begin to drift away, strange things start to happen at home, and rumours begin to circle about her past. As the mysterious events around Beth become darker and more dangerous, she is forced to question everything. Is somebody in her life trying to destroy her happiness? And how far will they go?
Imagine being reunited with your mother after having her disappear when you were still just a little kid. Imagine having her back after not having her throughout your teenage years, when you needed her the most. Imagine now that you have her back, you have everything you could ever want or need. But, sometimes things are not what they seem to be. You can’t imagine where this story will take you…
Jackie Kabler has crafted a story that captures you attention right from the get go. She has a real gift of vivid character creation and creating an intriguing storyline. I loved how she uses the relationships between the characters to drive this story as opposed to events alone. The relationships are almost a means to an end, and in the end, are used to create a thrilling reveal that will catch you off guard.
The Happy Family is a twisty story, written in a style that is fresh and captivating. It is a fast paced and snappy read that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. Jackie Kabler is such a valuable asset to the psychological thriller genre and I look forward to reading what she comes up with for us next.
Thank you to Jackie Kabler, One More Chapter and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Happy Family, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Jackie Kabler
Jackie Kabler is a television presenter and crime writer.
A former news reporter, she spent more than nine years with GMTV as a roving correspondent and newsreader, covering some of the biggest stories of the decade including President Clinton’s impeachment trial, the Asian tsunami, the Kosovo crisis, famine in Ethiopia, the Athens Olympics, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Jackie left GMTV to work as a freelance broadcaster in 2008. She became a regular presenter of the ITV national morning news and a reporter across ITN’s news programmes including News at Ten; a reporter and presenter on the BBC’s Midlands Today programme; presenter of property show Selfbuilder TV on Sky’s Information TV channel; and guested as a TV gardening expert. Her work also appeared on the BBC’s News Channel and on CNN.
She also worked as a media trainer and in media simulation – in particular with the armed forces – and produced, wrote and presented corporate and promotional films.
In January 2013 Jackie joined the UK’s biggest shopping channel, QVC, as a presenter.
A former newspaper reporter, she has also worked as a reporter and presenter for Channel TV, ITV West, Central TV, Five News and Setanta Sports News.
Jackie is also an internationally bestselling crime writer, author of the Cora Baxter Mysteries, a series of humorous murder mysteries set in a television room, and of psychological thrillers Am I Guilty? and The Perfect Couple.