Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Happy Family

The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler
6/4/21; 400 pages

The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler is a so-so novel of suspense.

Beth's mother disappeared, walking out on and leaving her husband and ten years-old daughter behind. It is a hurt that Beth has struggled to overcome her whole life. Now, thirty years later, Beth, a divorced mother of two, has a successful career, many friends, and is happy. So when her mother, Alice, shows up again at her front door, wanting to rebuild a relationship with Beth, what could be better.

This is a slow-moving unrealistic novel of suspense. It is not a thriller. It is also painfully predictable, so there is no mystery. I kept reading, hoping I was wrong, but I knew everything that was going to happen long before the 30% mark. I do not have the gift of clairvoyance. The bones of an interesting novel are present but the potential wasn't brought to fruition. All I can say to Beth is: Goodness, please have some common sense. First lesson in life: believe your own eyes and instincts. Second lesson: do not believe everything said by a stranger who comes to your door.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.

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