Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena | Review

Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena | Pamela Dorman Books | Pub: July 27, 2021 | Pages: 349

This was kind of a predictable read and reminded me of the movie Knives Out, but it was a fun and easy read! I always enjoy Shari Lapena’s books! I do admit it’s not my favorite of hers, but still a good read.

The story is told in multiple POVs, which I really loved, and made the story more suspenseful. This wasn’t a gripping, high-paced, action-packed novel, but it was still a dramatic and engaging domestic thriller. I definitely wanted to know who killed Fred and Sheila Merton?

I just didn’t particularly like the characters, like none of them. Okay maybe Irena, the housekeeper, but otherwise they were just spoiled, entitled brats. So, I had a hard time sympathizing and/or caring how the story would play out.

Great ending but it did feel a bit rushed. I kind of wanted a bit more conclusion on some of the characters, but overall, a decent book! I’ll still be reading all of Shari Lapena’s future books!


In this family, everyone is keeping secrets--especially the dead. Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there. And they don't come much richer than Fred and Sheila Merton. But even all their money can't protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered the night after an 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 capricious father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of them is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did one of them snap after that dreadful evening? Or was it someone else that night who crept in with the worst of intentions? It must be. After all, if one of your siblings was a psychopath, you'd know.

Wouldn't you? 


1 comment

  1. Sounds like my kind of book!! Will def get this on Audible