I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for dark and twisted thriller Keep It In The Family by John Marrs. Thank you to Rhiannon Morris and Thomas & Mercer for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
About the book:
Mia and Finn are busy turning a derelict house into their dream home.
At last, they’ll be able to move out of Finn’s parents’ house and start living alone. In the midst of this, Mia falls unexpectedly pregnant, adding a sense of urgency to the renovations. But just as the house is nearly ready, Mia discovers a chilling message scored into a skirting board: I WILL SAVE THEM FROM THE ATTIC. Following this clue up to the eaves, the couple are shocked to find that their dream home was once a house of horrors.
In the wake of the traumatic discovery, their baby arrives early. Plagued by nightmares and struggling with motherhood, Mia becomes increasingly obsessed with the terrible crimes that happened in what was to be their new home. Maybe once she uncovers the truth, she’ll be able to focus on her new baby boy Sonny. But in doing so, she is alienating her husband, and risking the fragile relationship between her and in-laws.
Meanwhile, the terrible secrets the house has revealed are not confined to the past. A murderer is watching, and waiting for the perfect moment to strike…
Mia will do anything to protect her son, but is it already too late?
About the author:
John Marrs is an author and former journalist based in London and Northamptonshire. After spending his career interviewing celebrities from the worlds of television, film and music for numerous national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time author. He is the bestselling author of The One, Passengers, The Minders, What Lies Between Us and When You Disappeared.
Follow him on Twitter @johnmarrs1 Facebook: @johnmarrsauthor Instagram: @johnmarrs.author website: johnmarrsauthor.co.uk
Keep It In The Family by John Marrs is a dark and twisted thriller that kept me guessing from beginning to end. A superbly plotted, chilling read, this isn’t an easy book to review without giving anything away, but suffice to say it is a horrifying and highly addictive read that I know will stay with me for a long time to come.
Mia and Finn have just bought a derelict house that they are hoping to turn into their dream home. So when Mia finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, it becomes even more imperative that the house is finished quickly so that they can move in before the baby is born. But then a macabre discovery is made in the attic which results in their baby arriving early. Trying to come to terms with being a new mother after the trauma of the early arrival, Mia becomes obsessed with the horror of what happened in what was to be their perfect home and begins to alienate her husband in the process. With the delicate relationship she has begun to form with her difficult mother-in-law also at risk, Mia will do anything to protect her newborn son. But is it already too late?
With the tension ratcheting up to almost breaking point, the story is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of Mia, Finn, Debbie and Dave. Interspersed with occasional chapters from a threatening presence who has some kind of connection to the house, the events of the past and the present begin to collide as terrible secrets begin to emerge that lead to a terrifying denouement that is as shocking as it is chilling.
John Marrs is an exceptional writer who really does keep on getting better and better with every book – and Keep It In The Family is quite possibly his best one yet. I was absolutely blown away by this horrifyingly addictive thriller and can’t wait to read whatever this fabulous author comes up with next!
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