The Family Plot by Megan Collins

This is one of my most highly anticipated reads this year, so I’m so excited to finally get the chance to read it!

Thank you Atria books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: At twenty-six, Dahlia Lighthouse has a lot to learn when it comes to the real world. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she has spent the last several years living on her own, but unable to move beyond her past—especially the disappearance of her twin brother Andy when they were sixteen. With her father’s death, Dahlia returns to the house she has avoided for years. But as the rest of the Lighthouse family arrives for the memorial, a gruesome discovery is made: buried in the reserved plot is another body—Andy’s, his skull split open with an ax. Each member of the family handles the revelation in unusual ways. Her brother Charlie pours his energy into creating a family memorial museum, highlighting their research into the lives of famous murder victims; her sister Tate forges ahead with her popular dioramas portraying crime scenes; and their mother affects a cheerfully domestic facade, becoming unrecognizable as the woman who performed murder reenactments for her children. As Dahlia grapples with her own grief and horror, she realizes that her eccentric family, and the mansion itself, may hold the answers to what happened to her twin. 

This was interesting. It was different than I thought it would be. The first chapters of the book really give away a lot of the meat to this story. I feel like if this was a slow burn, it would’ve added a creepy factor that I think this story was missing. The ending was a bit far-fetched, but it wrapped up a lot of questions I had throughout my time reading. It’s not as unique of a story as I was expecting (but then again, I read a lot of mystery novels), but I really do enjoy Megan’s writing style and can’t wait to read more from her.

3/5 Stars

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