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    Enjoyable

    Interesting characters. A look at how exceptional circumstances can either make or break us - but definitely change us.
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    The family

    Interesting read about being drawn into a cult world, what kind of people are there and how they feel about themselves. I enjoyed it, also the small preview of next book three sisters, definitely makes me want to read it.
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    Fabulous twists & turns

    This book just keeps you gasping with shock and surprise with every turn of the pages! Riveting read that you have to keep picking back up, just to see what may happen next. Unbelievable twists and turns, just brilliant!
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    Well done

    I was a little worried that this was another predictable cult story but was kept guessing all the way through. There were many twists and turns that continually had you re-evaluating who to trust.
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    Stunningly Good!

    If cult-style psychological thrillers give you a buzz, then you must read The Family, the latest novel written by Louise Jensen. Even though, I have yet to read some of this fabulous author's earlier work, I knew I was going to be in for a treat with this one and it was stunningly good. Laura Evans is grieving after the sudden death of her husband, Gavan, and is struggling to cope. She is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and seventeen-year-old daughter Tilly, a home. Tilly is smitten and enamoured by Alex, the leader of the community, but as Laura and Tilly are settling into their new life, sinister things start happening. Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the persuasive and handsome Alex, refuses to go. In The Family, bestseller Louise Jensen explores the darkest corners of a cult in a mesmerising and chilling tale of evil, secrets, lies, blackmail, and manipulation. Written in alternating chapters, from the perspectives of Laura and Tilly, with additional chapters from Alex, I was given the opportunity to see things from several viewpoints, making the story altogether more interesting. Louise Jensen's characterisation was incredibly impressive, especially as I was allowed an insight into Laura and Tilly's relationship. The author explores the psyche of her characters with great conviction, making them very credible. It was interesting to read how they frequently misunderstood one another leading to anger, conflict, and pain. The chapters narrated by the charismatic Alex felt disquieting and much darker. I particularly liked the author's portrayal of Alex who was a fascinating concoction of misguided, mentally unstable, and possessed psychopathic tendencies, in my humble opinion. Each character had a part to play in the story and all of them came across as being good or bad, or both, which made this a very believable read. Everyone has different motives and priorities for their actions, thoughts or behaviour. The Family brought me no disappointments, capturing my attention from the prologue to the final word. Louise Jensen created an underlying sense of dread that was totally gripping. I appreciated the tautness of the plot, the twists and revelations, and the overall quality of the writing. As the second half opened, my interest never wavered as the story spiralled its way towards a superb denouement. I have found a new favourite psychological thriller writer in Louise Jensen and I cannot recommend The Family highly enough. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from HQ via NetGalley at my request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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