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The In-Laws

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Wow this was very well done and huge on the creep factor! Lots of tension and crazy twists.  
I really enjoyed this one. 
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book
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I was lucky to receive an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  WOW!  I will say this book will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end.  You will finish with your mouth hanging open asking yourself what you just read!  Great book and can't wait to read more by this author.
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Newlywed Chelsea and Henry are going to meet his parents for the first time. His parents live entirely off the grid and that’s the least strange thing about them.

A little too trope-y for me but a good fast read.
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*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review*

Quick read that kept me entertained - great little thriller!
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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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Chelsea Jameson was so in love with her husband, Henry.  He had kept delaying the chance for her to meet his parents so when the time came, Chelsea was both excited and nervous.  Henry had told her his past was painful.  Henry told her that his parents lived in a very remote area, they lived off the land.  When they reached the cabin Chelsea was shocked to see just how secluded it was.  The first meeting did not go well.  Henry’s parents, Martha and Arthur were a strange couple.  Chelsea felt instant dislike from her mother in law.  I’ll be honest the beginning of the book didn’t catch me right away.  I was a little bit bored with it.  I did decide to keep reading and I’m so glad I did.  Many secrets and discoveries are made.  Chelsea soon discovers things are not what they seem.  She wants to go home to the happy life her and Henry share in the city.  Henry encouraged Chelsea to give his parents a chance.  Even though she feels very uncomfortable, she decides she will try to get to know them better to make Henry happy. She soon realizes she isn’t safe.  The more she learns the more frightened she becomes.  You have to keep reading this book, even though the beginning is slow. The shocking conclusion makes it totally worth it.  I was shocked at some of the twists.  Totally did not see them coming.   I received this book for an honest review from Net Galley.
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Chelsea is visiting her in-laws for the fist time this weekend. Hendy is very excited to introduce his wife to his parents, but Chelsea has a lot of reservations, even more so when she finds out they live off the grid, in the middle of nowhere, in a cabin only accessible by a four-hour hike...
I read this in one sitting, it's a short and fast read, creepy and full of twists. There is a lot of foreshadowing (there even is foreshadowing about foreshadowing), you know from the get-go that something is off. The writing is a bit disjointed at times, but the premise is amazing!
I received and advance review copy for free from NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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This was a quick and creepy read! It kept me entertained and on my toes throughout the story. I was able to read it in one sitting and the ending caught me off guard. It’s one of those books that I enjoyed the ride, but probably won’t be thinking about forever!
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Within the first few pages, it's revealed that something is wrong at the off-grid cabin where Henry has taken his new wife to meet his parents. Not something a little bitt off or suspicious, something that can't possibly be explained away. Chelsea won't start to worry for a while yet -- she's still on her way to the cabin, being shocked that the gas station has a working pay phone and that the guy who works there isn't grateful for her business. It'll be a while before she starts to ask questions about the family she's married into. I never really warmed up to her as a character. This is a fast paced read with a few twists I didn't see coming.
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Henry takes Chelsea to meet the in laws for the first time. They live in a hidden lodge, miles from anywhere, that no-one knows about. Chelsea  hears strange sounds in the night, and the in laws Arthur and Martha are behaving very strangely. As Chelsea searches the property for clues to what is going on, the true horror of the situation becomes clear. She must escape!
Well written thriller with lots of surprises. I stayed up late to finish it as I couldn't believe what was going on! Wow of an ending, definitely reading more James Caine!
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Off to visit the in-laws for the first time, what could go wrong? Chelsea is off to a remote cabin to meet her in-laws and it isn't what you would expect.  There was one small detail about the garden at the beginning that will have you hooked and reading more.   I wish the BIGGEST twist came a little sooner.  It seemed to really pick up speed after a few secrets were shared. A quick thriller read with some great twists along the way.
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A gripping read that I read really quickly. It is twisty and unpredictable and kept me guessing right until the end.
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Thanks netgalley for this book, which had its moments but was also a little bit silly.
Chelsea went with Henry to meet her in laws, they lived in a cabin in the middle of woods far away from anything except woods and wolves.
Chelsea took an instant dislike to her mother in law, and the feeling was mutual.
Until Chelsea started looking in the barn she had no idea what she had walked into, it was then she had to fight for life.
Yes it was ok, but had the potential to be much better.
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When Chelsea meets and marries Henry, she feels like all of her luck has come at once. After a difficult time, he really is her saviour. And now its time to meet the in-laws! Martha and Arthur live in the middle of nowhere, tucked away from life in a little cabin hidden from the world. So they may seem a little eccentric - perhaps that's what living off-grid does to you! But as Chelsea gets to know them better, a more sinister side of this family comes to light. Why does Arthur keep asking her if she knows how to get home? Why is Martha so openly hostile and unwelcoming? What are the secrets they are hiding? Its clear that you can't choose your family....

What an absolute page turner! This is my first encounter with this author and I love his style! From the first page, I was gripped and I just couldn't put this book down. 

The first person narrative of the book moving between the characters gives an interesting viewpoint into the same scene while feeding the reader little clues as the story unfolds. No spoilers here but the twist is very cleverly unraveled and I was delighted! 

Highly recommend and looking forward to reading more by this author!

I reviewed an advanced review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you to @Netgalley and James Caine for the opportunity to read and review this book
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Okay, WOW! The In-Laws is a family drama turned psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end!

Chelsea and Henry are newlyweds. She’s going to meet his parents for the first time, which seems like it would be a red flag, but Chelsea is known to be a bit gullible. She wants to be loved and she tends to see the best in people.

Her in-laws, Martha and Arthur, are truly bizarre people. Off the grid living and living off the land is cool but they take it to a new extreme. After the long drive, they have to hike FOUR more hours to the cabin to meet his sour-faced mom and demented dad. 

We know from the start that something strange is going on at this property because a finger is sticking out of the ground in the garden but we don’t know what or why. Why didn’t he tell her more about his family’s quirks and why is it getting harder and harder to leave?

This is actually one of the creepiest books I’ve read lately. There were twists that were really chilling to me and also parts that showed the triumph of the human spirit. This was a fun and fast read that I would definitely recommend! 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to review this! Now available!
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This book was like an accident – I didn’t want to read it, but I couldn’t stop! This was classified as a thriller, but really read like a horror book. If you liked Stephen King’s Misery, you would probably enjoy The In-Laws. It just gave me a creepy feeling that I couldn’t shake, and I think that was the author’s intention.  Well played. 

Thanks to NetGalley, Victory Editing and Hidden Gems Books for an advance reader’s copy for review.
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I was hooked on this book from the start. While reading this book, I could not stop thinking what a good film this would be. Although I thought the ending would be predictable, I was completely caught by surprise when I realized it was nothing like I had thought it would be. I loved the twist at the end and I loved how the characters were written. This is the first James Caine book I have read and I would love to see what he comes up with next!
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The In-Laws
by James Caine
She visited them for the weekend. Now they won't let her leave. What a wild, insane read. It was a great read...creepy enough to make me need to finish in half a day.  A very different book, well written.
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I really liked this book, has a bit of a twist at the end kept my interest all the way through the book great story line
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book ahead of release 

Warning for spoilers ! 

This was an enjoyable read , with a good twist towards the end , but there were certain aspects of the book that were a little rough around the edges 

Firstly , the characters were generally well written and I particularly liked Arthur , especially after the reveal. However , there were a few moments where Chelsea’s self harm was made the focus , but it had absolutely no impact on the overall story. If the self harm element was taken out , the story would remain exactly the same. It felt a bit shoehorned in.

I liked the twist and even though it seems a bit obvious looking back , I genuinely did not see it coming ! I was fully convinced this was an overbearing mother storyline. The twist was also done in a way that felt quite natural to the story and was very well written 

One thing that was jarring was Henry’s murder at the hands of Martha/Rachel. There definitely should have been another chapter from Martha’s point of view before this as she escaped her ties. Even if this did not explicitly state that she killed Henry until Chelsea found him later on , there was a big opportunity missed here for a final conversation between Martha and Henry. It felt a bit of a jump to go from “I love Henry the most” to then killing him , without that change on page. 

All in all I did enjoy this book and I’d be eager to read more from this author to see what they come up with next
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