The Family Bones

Author: Elle Marr

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Release Date: March 7, 2023

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When does a psychopath make the jump to serial killer?

Olivia Eriksen is a member of one of the most notorious psychopathic families of the last century.  But more than that, her direct line of ancestors abducted and killed young women and even murdered each other.  Needless to say, the gene for being a psychopath is hereditary, but not everyone makes the jump to becoming a killer.  Olivia is working on her doctorate to prove that is the case.  When she gets an invitation to the Eriksen family reunion in Oregon, her mother convinces her to go so that she can work on her research.  She even takes her fiancé along so that they can begin to introduce their relationship to her family.  However, things at the reunion turn dark quickly as members of the family begin to turn up dead and the evidence points toward Olivia being the killer.  Can she prove her innocence?  Or did she make the psychotic jump without knowing it?

This was definitely a different kind of read where the reader is trying to figure out what is going on with the main character.  Told from Olivia’s perspective, everything seems as if she is being framed.  On top of everything, she is dealing with a lot of pressure from her fiancé to go public.  Truthfully, I couldn’t stand the guy because he was such a whiner about her not wanting to bring their engagement to light when all this death is going on around them.  Aside from that, it is a really interesting concept that makes you think concerning being around a family that has psychopathic tendencies.  There is some strong language throughout and some implied sex that would make this suitable for mature audiences.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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