Delighted to host today's stop on the Blog Tour
|One More Chapter|
4 June 2021
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book
and to Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to the blog tour
A mother who disappeared...
When Beth was 10 years old, her beautiful, wild mother Alice walked out and never came back.
Beth’s life since hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but now she is happy and settled, with successful career, a loving family and a beautiful home.
An unexpected visitor...
Then one day there’s a knock at the door. Alice has returned. Overjoyed to have the chance to rebuild their relationship, Beth invites her mother to move in.
A life that comes crashing down...
At first, everything seems wonderful. But then Beth’s friends begin to drift away, strange things start to happen at home, and rumours begin to circle about her past. As the mysterious events around
Beth become darker and more dangerous, she is forced to question everything. Is someone in her life trying to destroy her happiness? And how far will they go?
📖 My thoughts..
When Beth's mother, Alice, returns after an absence of thirty years you can't help but be delighted that the happy ending of the story starts right at the beginning of the book. At first I thought this would be a cosy family drama where everything in the garden is lovely and Beth and her mother find all the love and happiness which has been denied them for so long. How wrong I was ! The Happy Family is far from happy and poor Beth soon starts to act in a very strange way, which makes her mother's care and consideration all the more timely.
The story flows well and there are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing. I really warmed to Beth's character, she's a single mum, juggling kids, home and work, and in desperate need of a great dollop of self esteem, but as the story gets darker so Beth's confidence starts to shatter. Some of the other characters, who flit into and out of the story, are more likeable than others, and from right from the start I enjoyed trying to guess where they all fitted into the overall scheme of the plot.
The Happy Family is the second of this author's psychological fiction I have read and I have thoroughly enjoyed both books. The quick pace and lively action makes The Happy Family perfect escapism when all you want to do is sit in the garden with a good book and packet of chocolate hobnobs.
About the Author
Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC. The Happy Family is her sixth book; previous novels include the international bestseller The Perfect Couple. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband