The Family by Louise Jensen. (2019).
**2.5 out of 5 stars**
Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when Oak Leaf Organics (a local community) offer her and her 17 year old daughter Tilly a home. But as they settle in, sinister things happen. When a community member dies, Laura wants to leave but Tilly wants to stay with the community’s leader Alex. Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide…
Oh man…I love cult type books, it’s my jam! But this one I didn’t really like. It just wasn’t really believable. Parts of it were, but there were a lot of things that were just waaaaay too coincidental so it didn’t feel realistic at all. The only truly realistic thing about the story that stood out to me was that Laura and Tilly totally misunderstood each other a lot; sounded like a normal mother-teenage daughter relationship haha. The story is told mainly from Laura and Tilly’s perspectives with some chapters from Alex’s perspective. The ‘horrifying secret’ referred to in the synopsis was discovered by Laura at almost the end of the book so it was a bit frustrating waiting that long! Interesting enough to keep reading but just not great overall in my opinion.
Quite a lot of people have enjoyed this book a lot more than I did so it’s definitely worth picking up if the synopsis interests you.