Review: The Family Bones by Elle Marr

With THE FAMILY BONES, Elle Marr delivers another smart and shocking thriller that will have you frantically flipping pages all the way to the end.

Psychology student Olivia Eriksen hails from a family of well-known psychopaths and through her university dissertation, hopes to prove she doesn’t have to resign herself to the same fate. When Olivia receives an invite to a family reunion in a remote mountain resort, she sees it as her best chance to interview relatives who have, so far, been avoiding her calls. But when a storm cuts the resort off from the outside world and family members start turning up dead, Olivia begins to wonder if she’s made a terrible mistake. 

In another state, true crime podcaster Birdie Tan is searching for answers in a decade-old missing person case. A case that ultimately sets Birdie on a path towards the dysfunctional (and deadly) Eriksen family reunion in search of the truth.

As the novel progresses, Marr expertly weaves Olivia and Birdie’s storylines together with journal entries and newspaper articles, leading readers towards a dramatic climax you know is coming but still won’t believe. 

THE FAMILY BONES is a locked room thriller that feels new and different. Deep and poignant themes like mental illness, racism and the challenges of motherhood are handled with care as the threads of the story come together. 

Marr is one of my favourite suspense writers and I absolutely devoured this novel. THE FAMILY BONES is out on March 7. My thanks to Thomas & Mercer for the advance reading copy. 

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