Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The New Family by Victoria Jenkins. This was released on the 16th on November, published by Bookouture.
Brooke is delighted when Oliver decides to rent her old family home with his three-year-old son Finley. Finally someone to bring happiness to the rundown house across the street. They seem like the perfect tenants, but Brooke is a little unnerved when they move in with just a single bag between them. Where are their belongings?
When Brooke asks Oliver about his past, he quickly changes the subject. Her best friend tells her to leave it, after all Brooke has been through enough trauma in her life. But Brooke can’t shake off the feeling that something isn’t right. Why aren’t her new tenants’ names listed anywhere online?
Then Brooke arrives home to find orange flames dancing in the upstairs windows. As her whole life goes up in smoke, she is convinced it wasn’t an accident. And when she finds Finley drawing a picture of an angry burning house with terror in his eyes, her blood runs cold. What is Finley so frightened of? And why does Oliver snatch the drawing away the moment he sees it?
Brooke is convinced Finley is in serious danger, but given her past, she’s not sure anyone will believe her. Is Brooke ready to face up to her own demons to save the little boy? And when the truth is finally revealed, who is really the one in danger?
The New Family is an addictive psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming, perfect for fans of The Wife, The Silent Patient and Lisa Jewell.
“Can you really trust the family next door?…”
The New Family is an atmospheric and captivating tale, that is duel narrated via two female leads and told over different timelines and locations. The women are imperfect and relatable, their stories are complex with mysteries to solve and Jenkins does a great job of bringing each of them to life and merging their stories together when the time is right.
The story itself is fast paced, but does deal with sensitive issues that of domestic abuse and sexual assault, which may be a trigger for some readers. The writing is engaging, drawing you into the story and its twisty outcome was completely unexpected and well done. All round the New Family is another great story from Jenkins and one that is well worth the read.
Thank you to Victoria Jenkins, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The New Family, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The New Family Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The New Family. Thank you to Bookouture for my spot on the books on tour and for the promotional materials.
Let’s Get to Know Victoria Jenkins
Victoria Jenkins is an English tutor and former secondary school teacher from South Wales who has been writing for years and day-dreaming about becoming a ‘proper’ writer for the past decade. She have an MA in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Wales, Swansea, where she wrote a lot of poetry while planning a lot of plots she hoped she would once day write. Victoria lives in South Wales with her husband.