Not a Happy Family pdf Summary Reviews by Shari Lapena 

Not a Happy Family pdf book is a thriller novel by Shari Lapena. Not a Happy Family another thrilling domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door.

Not a Happy Family Summary

Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there, and Fred and Sheila Merton certainly are rich. But even all their money can’t protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered after a fraught Easter dinner with their three adult kids. Who, of course, are devastated.
Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their vindictive father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of the siblings is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did someone snap after that dreadful evening? Or did another person appear later that night with the worst of intentions? That must be what happened. After all, if one of the family were capable of something as gruesome as this, you’d know.

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About Shari Lapena Author of Not a Happy Family pdf Book

Shari Lapena
Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena author of not a happy family pdf book was born in 1960 is a Canadian novelist. She is best known for her 2016 thriller novel The Couple Next Door, which was a bestseller both in Canada and internationally.

Lapena, a lawyer and English teacher before beginning her writing career, published her debut novel Things Go Flying in 2008. That novel was a shortlisted Sunburst Award finalist in 2009. Her second novel, Happiness Economics, was a shortlisted Stephen Leacock Award finalist in 2012.

Her fourth novel, A Stranger in the House, was published in 2017.

See a list of all her novels below:

  • Things Go Flying (2008)
  • Happiness Economics (2011)
  • The Couple Next Door (2016)
  • A Stranger in the House (2017)
  • An Unwanted Guest (2018)
  • Someone We Know (2019)
  • The End of Her (2020)
  • Not a Happy Family (2021)

Not a Happy Family pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Not a Happy family pdf by Shari Lapena
Not a Happy family pdf by Shari Lapena
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pamela Dorman Books (July 27, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1984880551
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1984880550
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #8,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #219 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
  • #714 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
  • #782 in Women’s Domestic Life Fiction
  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars    15,987 ratings

Not a Happy Family Reviews

Andi C

1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointed Reader
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2021

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Every character was so unlikeable, including the murdered parents…the more I read the less I cared who committed the crime or what happened to any of them. They were all deceitful and unstable…not one of them was worth rooting for. I forced myself to finish the book but did a lot of skimming. The only happy moment was when I got to the last page and was done with this silly, boring book. Don’t waste your money.

kristen happel

Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2021

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One should keep their eyes open when reading an Shari Lapena book. This book is about family, greed, and what may have been passed along in the gene pool. Beautifully written and well planned. You will like and hate the characters involved. At the end you find out who did it, but the author was only being kind in revealing it. If she hadn’t you would have been up for days thinking about it. Thank-you Ms. Lapena —Bean

Amazon Customer

2.0 out of 5 stars Quick read but repetitive and anticlimactic ending
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2021

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The short chapters make for a quick read, however the storyline becomes very repetitive. The detectives calling in the same suspects and having the same dialogue over and over. At times it’s a little unbelievable, usually when you request a lawyer you stop speaking, however in all instances the suspects continue to speak and implicate themselves with their lawyers present. Almost all of the characters were unlikable and the reveal was quite anticlimactic. Very abrupt and left me feeling unsatisfied.

Kindle Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Who Done It
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2021

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Great author! I have enjoyed each of her books. This book kept me interested and puzzled throughout the story. I agree with one of the other reviewers, that none of the characters were particularly likeable but I was still intrigued and somehow the characters made it more genuine. It was one of those books so well written that I didn’t want it to end but wanted to find out who the murderer was.

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