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.