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The Other Family

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Nora Howell and her family move to New York when her husband is transferred for his job. From the beginning you get the feeling that there is a strain between Nora and her husband. Their daughters are also struggling with teen angst and rebellion. When you take all of this family strife and you add that their new home was once the scene of a grisly triple homicide you know that things will get worse for this family. The author then adds nosy and obsessive neighbors, a guy watching their house, and a mysterious person that Nora calls in secret.

There were lots of twists and turns in this fast paced read. Sadly, the characters are not likeable. I could not empathize with any of them. However, the story itself hooked me.
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The Other Family is a domestic thriller about a family who is temporarily relocated from CA to a brownstone in Brooklyn. Shortly after moving there, they find out that a family was brutally murdered in the house. This one had so much potential, but unfortunately fell flat for me. I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters and really just felt bored with the story. Such a bummer, but thank you so much to Netgalley and William Morrow Books for the ARC! :)
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Domestic thriller about a family who moves into a Brooklyn brownstone where former residents of the home were brutally murdered. A tight thriller with an interesting twist.
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This book started out SO strong and pulled me right in, but then I felt like it didn't go anywhere. I wanted to love it, but this wasn't my favorite of Wendy's.
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DNF - Did not finish. I did not connect with the writing style or plot and will not be finishing this title. Thank you, NetGalley and Publisher for the early copy!
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Although a bit predictable, this was an enjoyable domestic thriller. Staub did well writing with multiple narrators in a way that was engaging and easy to follow. I do feel like it could have done with less red herrings and about 100 fewer pages.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I felt that "The Other Family" by Wendy Corsi Staub was a decent story with a pretty good twist, but missed the mark in the writing. It was really tough to make it through some of the dialogue between characters and I personally found most of the characters unlikable and irritating. However, I did enjoy the twist ending although I can see how some found it predictable. Overall, it's not a terrible read, but not one I'd necessarily recommend either.
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Nora Howell, her husband, and two daughters temporarily move from California to Brooklyn to spend a year Many years ago the previous occupants of the home were brutally murdered. Nora’s daughter Stacey thinks a stranger is watching their house. The novel’s short chapters alternate the points of view of Nora, Stacey, and Jacob, their mysterious stalker. Nora is keeping secrets about her past that she gradually revealed. The book is fast-paced and tense. I did guess the ending that was not entirely convincing.
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This book started out really interesting but I just felt like it didn’t go anywhere. The characters were interesting but I figured out what happened about 20% in. I wouldn’t recommend this one unfortunately.
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The Other Family follows Corsi Staub's general format. Mysterious circumstances (there was a murder in the house), things just aren't "right" and an unknown voyeur is keeping track of their comings and goings.

The book doesn't dissapoint for can't put it down thrills.
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This book was so good! I want to see more from this author in the future!! I couldn't put this book down. What a page turner!!!
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The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub is about the Howell family. Nora and her husband and two teenagers move into a big brownstone house in Brooklyn. They previously lived in California. The former residents were murdered in the house and it’s not long before weird things start happening. Little do they know someone is watching their every move. 
I felt like this book was pretty good. Not much happened but there was always the feeling something might happen. My favorite character was Nora. She has plenty of secrets in her past. The book seemed a little long. Overall it was entertaining. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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This book was a domestic thriller and you could tell right away that there was more to this family then meets the eye. 
I kept trying to figure out who the unknown narrator was. 
I was intrigued but a little bummed about the somewhat rushed ending and the predictable twist.
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Nora and her family are relocated from California to NYC.  While at a neighbors home, they learn the house was the site 25 years earlier an unsolved triple homicide.   In addition there is someone watching the home and more specifically, the older daughter who he thinks is the young girl murdered.  The past and some of the characters are revealed slowly, which kept me reading but like others, I felt the ending fell a little flat.
I gave this alot more thought- I think what didn't work for me mainly was the characters. Nora, a stay at home mom, is full of secrets.  Her husband, believing something about her that isn't true, seems detached and hostile towards her.  Stacey, the oldest daughter was the one with "problems" that I was actually pulling for.  The neighbors and their children seemed to take an excessive interest in the new couple and become overly attached and involved - hardly plausible.  And the son seems like a stalker in training.
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I was very much disappointed in this book. It starts out strong and tends to pull you right in. Then it gets into things that are just not necessary. A lot of pages that to me are just boring. 

A family move from California to New York into a house where twenty five years earlier an entire family had been murdered. A local man sneaking around spying on them. He sounds very creepy... The mother has secrets. This family seems fairly typical. Mom, dad and two daughters. The younger daughter of course is beautiful just like her parents and the older looks nothing like them. They meet new friends and the secrets of the house come out. Someone in the family knows something but says nothing. Things are found. 

This one just didn't do it for me. I sure was hoping it would. Nowhere near enough surprises or twists. It just didn't do it for me. I did finish it and it was ok. A few things held my interest or I would not have finished it. 

Thank you #NetGalley, #WilliamMorrowandCustomHousepublishing for this ARC. This is my own true feelings about this book.

3/5 stars. Read it for yourself and decide what you think. You may love it. It just wasn't that great for me.
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I have such mixed feelings about this book. It was an overall enjoyable thriller but not one I’ll ever read again nor one of my favorites. I loved the multiple narrators and the suspense this book had. However, I felt like this book dragged too much and was a bit wordy. There was also so much unnecessary details. It was an overall fun thriller, but it’s not one I would recommend to everyone.
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I am just coming off a month’s hiatus from reading/reviewing, and I’m slightly disappointed that this was the book that I picked to start back up with. I found myself pretty underwhelmed by the whole thing, and the writing was very different … usually when stories flip between characters, it’s written in first-person, but these chapters about each character are written in third-person. I just felt like it was a strange way to lay the story out.

As for the story itself, I was totally confused until the ending. In fact, I’m rounding this up only because of the ending; if not for it, I’d have walked away from this book wondering what on earth it was and why I wasted my time on it. A haunted house story? A murder story? A story about families, friends and secrets? The whole book was slightly disjointed, written oddly, and it was so vague that I just couldn’t get invested in it.

Then we get to the ending … there are answers with a couple of the main characters, but it did end quite abruptly and with no answers about some other characters. This left the whole thing feeling incomplete. Why wrote a story and involve major plot lines with characters whose stories never get finished? Were they just filler? This probably would have made a better short story or novella.

I think the only reason this kept my attention was because I was waiting for it to make sense. Unfortunately, it doesn’t start to come together until around the 80% mark. Then, because of a few clues and hints dropped earlier in the book, it became slightly predictable, which led to a less-than-shocking ending. There was a slight twist, but certainly nothing that made my jaw drop.

Overall, this just wasn’t the book for me. The writing was dry, the story was strange, and it dragged all the way to the end. I’m giving this two stars, rounded up to 2.5 because I didn’t totally hate it, but I was slightly annoyed that it wasn’t the book I thought it would be. I’m not sure that I would read this author again, if this is the typical writing style. Reviews from my Goodreads friends vary widely, so I guess it’s a personal preference, but it definitely wasn’t something that I loved.

(Thank you to Wendi Corsi Staub, William Morrow/Custom House and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my review.)
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Nora and Kevin and their teen daughters move from LA to Brooklyn, NY, where Kevin has been relocated for a year. They rent a house they later discover has been empty for almost 20 years, after the previous residents, a family of three, were shot and killed in their beds in the house. For some reason, the realtor did not advise them of the house's morbid history.

There are several red herrings in the mystery of the former family's murders, a story that somehow involves the new family as there is an unknown watcher and stalker who freaks out the teen Stacie. There are distractions from the main story as well, as Stacie and her boyfriend take center stage in parts of the book, and the neighbors who befriend the new family also take up enough space that it seems they are a filler for the novel, not adding to the main story.  The first parts of the book could be edited toward that end. The last half of the book begins to pick up with events moving the story along. 

Still a good read, if you are patient with the first sections of the book.
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Best-selling author Wendy Corsi Staub has written nearly 90 novels, most of which are suspense novels. Nora, Keith and their two girls have moved from trendy Los Angeles to New York City for a year. They’ve moved into a Brooklyn row house and all are making friends. From Nora, we learn that all is not well, that she is hiding something from her past. When a weird man, Jacob, starts following their daughter and calling her Anne, the name of a young woman who was murdered in 1994, Nora realizes its time to come to terms with her past and save her daughter.  The storyline is complex, but the story moves smoothly with readers easily transitioning all the different threads that are thrown out in the story.
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Nora's family has relocated from Los Angeles to New York City area for a year. She hopes this will be a time of healing for her family, and that in an unfamiliar place with no friends they will draw closer to each other. This plan almost immediately goes awry when a very friendly neighbor decides to become their new best friend, and her son becomes a boyfriend to the oldest daughter. 

It is obvious from the beginning that there is a mystery involved with the house they have moved into, and fairly quickly they find out it was the scene of a murder. We have a character who was involved somehow in this who is watching the house and the new family that has moved in. We hear from his POV from time to time.

This book started off slowly for me, but I was fairly quickly drawn in to finding out what the mysteries were behind this house and the murders that took place their.  What I liked were short and easily digestible chapters that kept me moving through the book. Towards the end of the story I also felt there was a good message about how the daughter begin to realize she didn't want to be controlled by a man.

What I didn't enjoy so much was the story itself fell a bit flat for me. Not a lot happened, and I figured much of it out before it was revealed. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and William Morrow/Custom House for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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