Thursday 20 June 2024

πŸ“– Blog Tour ~ Home is where the Bodies Are by Jeneva Rose

23 May 2024

My thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book
and to random Things Tours for the invitation to the blog tour

After their mother dies, Beth, Nicole and Michael are forced to reunite to sort out their childhood home. Beth, the oldest, never left, caring for their mum until the very end. Nicole, the middle child, is drowning in her destructive drug addiction. Michael, the youngest, has moved far away and hasn't been back to their small town since their father ran out on them.

When the siblings stumble upon a collection of home videos, it feels like a good idea to revisit those happier memories. But then one of the tapes reveals a shocking scene none of them expect to see. They watch their father, covered in blood, carrying a dead body, and hear a secret pact with their mother to never tell a soul. Is this secret connected to why their father vanished all those years ago?

Burying their mother is already hard enough, but now the siblings must uncover what dark secrets she took to her grave.

πŸ“– My Review..

Following their mother’s death, siblings Beth, Nicole and Michael are forced to confront some uncomfortable truths, not just about themselves but more especially when it comes to light that their parents were involved in a cover up which, if revealed, will destroy everything the family knew to be true.

I was quickly drawn into this story which looks at sibling connections and of the festering resentments which stem from their childhood. In a series of cleverly revealed clues, and with some spoken from the past, we learn of the reasons why the siblings are all so disconnected from each other. Grief and unresolved addiction are both topics which feature heavily and the author controls these emotive subjects with compassion and empathy so that it is possible to feel sympathy for the characters as they struggle through their perceptions of what happened so many years ago. Re-visiting the past is never easy and Beth, Nicole and Michael each have complicated reasons why the past should remain in the past.

The  brooding nature of a small American town is expertly done and I could well imagine the siblings growing up in a tight family unit with parents who were doing what they thought needed to be done. The story flows well, the plot is tight and the clues are revealed gradually so that when the final denouement comes there are a few surprises which I didn’t see coming. Home is Where the Bodies Are is a well written domestic thriller about about the far reaching effects that a local tragedy had on this troubled family and of the deep, dark secrets which, once revealed, can never be forgiven, or forgotten.

 About the Author

Jeneva Rose is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Perfect Marriage and You Shouldn't Have Come Here.She's sold more than two million copies worldwide,and her work has been translated into twenty languages as well as optioned for film and television. Originally from Wisconsin, she currently lives in Chicago with husband, Drew, and her stubborn English bulldog,Winston.

Twitter / X @jenevarosebooks




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