August 23, 2021

The Family Plot

The Family Plot

by Megan Collins

Published August 17, 2021
by Atria

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️

Genre: Thriller

I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to see if my suspicions were confirmed!

Dahlia returns home after nearly a decade to bury her father. Reunited for the first time with her mother, brother Charlie, and sister Tate, Dahlia is still holding out hope that her twin Andy will return as well. Andy left on their 16th birthday and despite years of searching, she has yet to hear from or find him since. But when a body is found in her father’s burial plot, the family is left to wonder if Andy disappeared because he was murdered or because he left. And if he was murdered, is his death connected to the serial killer that has been terrorizing the island for decades?

This was a unique gothic mystery with bizarre characters and even more strange family dynamics. I’ve read one other book by Collins – Behind the Red Door – and odd, less than stellar parents seem to be a theme for her. The Lighthouse family was obsessed with true crime and murders in particular and I thought that was a unique add for the plot line.

This is a two for one mystery with the reader tasked with figuring out the serial killer and determining if that same individual killed Andy. There weren’t a ton of characters so it was pretty easy to keep the characters and timeline straight, especially since everything was presented on a single timeline through Dahlia.

I will say I found the book quite predictable. I was sort of expecting one more small twist that didn’t quite play out the way I had thought but otherwise, my initial suspicions were confirmed pretty early on.

Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for a copy of this novel.

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