The Brother

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Pub Date 13 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2023

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Is murder in her DNA?

My mother lied to me. My family is not my own. If it wasn’t for the genealogy test, I would never have known I was the child of another woman.

Now I’m learning that I have four brothers I have never met. And one of them is a serial killer.

My brother is taunting me to play his vicious game – solving his clues before he spills more blood.

Who can I trust? How can I find and stop him before it is too late? And what if it is me he really wants?

A read-in-one-sitting, utterly nail-biting thriller that you will not be able to put down...Fans of Chris Carter and M.W. Craven will love this.

Is murder in her DNA?

My mother lied to me. My family is not my own. If it wasn’t for the genealogy test, I would never have known I was the child of another woman.

Now I’m learning that I have...

Advance Praise

Praise for N V Peacock:

‘A twisty-turny original take on the serial killer thriller. A truly captivating and, at times, chilling read.’ C.J. Skuse, author of Sweetpea

‘A twisted, chilling journey to the darkest side of human nature. I burned through Little Bones in a day.’ Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End

‘An exciting new voice in thriller fiction.’ Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes

‘Wow – this deftly plotted, twisty – and twisted – thriller got under my skin and chilled me to the bone! Excellent from the first page until the last. This is a debut not to be missed.’ Sam Carrington, author ofThe Open House

‘Darkly addictive and creepy as hell… lingers long after the last page.’ Jane Isaac, author of Hush Little Baby

‘One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Fantastic characterisation, gripping plot and totally unexpected twists and turns…Loved it!’ Suzy K Quinn, author of Don’t Tell Teacher

Praise for N V Peacock:

‘A twisty-turny original take on the serial killer thriller. A truly captivating and, at times, chilling read.’ C.J. Skuse, author of Sweetpea

‘A twisted, chilling journey...

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Featured Reviews

Geez! What a book! This book had it all! It had suspense, intrigue, action, murder, a crazy serial killer, a great who done it, great sleuthing and great police work! The storyline was very interesting and had a few crazy twists and turns! I definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was really good from start to finish. I never knew what was going on until it was actually happening. I had several times where I thought I knew what was happening only to find out what I thought was happening was completely wrong. Every time I thought I had the ending figured out, I found out I was wrong. I definitely recommend this book to thriller lovers. It was very exciting all the way through.

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The main downside I found was that after finishing this and going on amazon intending to download every single other book that author had ever written, it turns out this was just her 2nd book! Which absolutely amazed me since it was near perfection in every way

This is one of those top teir murder mysteries that keeps you guessing. There are so many twists and turns and just when you think you've cracked it, everything changes again

The characters are well written and realistic. Fallen was such a great main character and she was an intelligent, independat woman who made really sensible decisions and wasn't just a bunch of clichés and stereotypes.

I'm in bed with a migraine but still couldn't do the sensible thing and stop myself from reading this through til the end! I was so captivated and couldnt wait to find out exactly what was going on.

I loved the cat and mouse and that ominous cliff hanger at the end. Its just an amazing murder mystery, serial killer, thriller, police procedural type that will appeal to all

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If you're looking for a intense and twisted page-turner you're going to want to pick up a copy of "The Brother". This book had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, I couldn't put it down. The plotline is filled with hidden secrets, suspense, mystery and murder making for truly thrilling read.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a gripping Mystery Thriller.

Thank you N.V. Peacock, Net Galley and Hera for providing me an ARC of this novel.

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Oh. Whoa. This book. The story begins with a cat mouse interaction between two little boys. The tension is immediate and slowly ratchets up with each chapter. The chapters almost all end with a cliffhanger making it impossible to put down. Fallon was a sympathetic and fascinating character. A psychologist with a recent trauma in her past. She is gifted a genealogy test from her younger brother. She has a lot going on. A court case coming up, PTSD issues. And an ex boyfriend who is turning stalkerish. What would you do if you found out you were supposed to have died in infancy? That you have four brothers you never knew about? It's a lot. Oh, and one of them is a serial killer......... Soon Fallon is hunting a killer who shares her blood. He draws her deeper and deeper into his twisted game. The ending left me literally reeling. The world will go away as you read this. You will feel like you just stepped off an out of control merry go round. And that last line? GAH. Clever, diabolical and completely delicious. Big thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for my Arc. Biggest thanks to N.V. Peacock for brilliant storytelling. You had me with your previous book Little Bones. Color me a lifetime fan with The Brother.

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Wow what a book thank you ever so much for the opportunity to review. I could not put it down. Would definitely recommend to others

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This book was right up my alley… a serial killer in the family, a family she didn’t know she was a part of! I was hooked. This is a very intense and fast paced thriller that had me turning pages to find out what happened next.

Fallon is a psychologist, dealing with PTSD after being involved in a brutal crime some months ago. She has moved away and lives in a remote cabin and works from home. For Christmas she is gifted the results of a DNA test that he brother sneakily had done. Reading the results, she is not related to her brother!! After getting the truth from her mother, she finds that she has a whole other family of 4 brothers. And one of those brothers is a serial killer according to a police officer who tracks her down. Fallon works with this policewoman to try and figure out which one.

This was a fun read. Although some things were a little too much of a stretch, I was entertained.

Thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. Published on July 13th

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The Brother
by N V Peacock
This was an excellent read. I loved the tense, and who is the serial killer. The Brother was very intense and creepy, and I plowed through it. The best I read in a long time.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a gripping Mystery Thriller. GET THIS ONE!!

Thank you N.V. Peacock, Net Galley, and Hera for providing me with an ARC of this novel.

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A twisty thriller. Fallon is a psychologist and as the book starts, she is spending christmas with her mother and brother. Her brother has given her an ancestry DNA test as a present. That sets the cat among the pigeons as she is unrelated to her own family.
Via the dna site, she finds out that she is related to a serial killer. As she makes contact with her blood family, she is trying to wirk out who the killer is. She has also been involved in an attack on a building site where others were murdered and where the trial takes place during the period of some of the killings and getting to know her other family.
Plenty of action, but also psychological reasoning and investigation in this book, it grabbed and kept my interest throughout.
Tganks to Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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What a nerve-wracking read! Based around a serial killer who is partly identified through a DNA site, the story follows psychologist Fallon Hurley as she ties to identify who it is. She herself is victim of a trauma which is going to trial and we get to see her inner thoughts and insecurities develop throughout the book. The characters are great- interesting and believable and quite different from other psychological thrillers I've read recently. A great book- I really couldn't put it down.

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The prologue really sets the tone from the start and gives you insight into the killer. Has minor LGBTQIA+ representation. Two main characters, a psychologist working through her own traumatic event and a serial killer. You get to see the POV of the serial killer and it is chilling. Interesting court scenes. Big twist at the end. Intriguing epilogue. Only sour note while I look back is the psychologist being overly risky, kind of to the point where you are like "does she want to get murdered?" which could be the case actually, though they do not really explore that. I plan to check out more by this author.

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I really enjoyed The Brother by N V Peacock, basically psychologist Fallon is gifted a DNA family tree test by her brother but when the results come back, Fallons world is turned upside down, her brother isn't related to her and someone from the police has contacted her saying her DNA is a familial match to a probable serial killer. on the whole it was a great book with lots of chances to guess who the murderous brother could be and a few red herrings to muddy the way.

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