#Review The Family by Louise Jensen
by Louise Jensen
ONCE YOU’RE IN, THEY’LL NEVER LET YOU LEAVE.
At Oak Leaf Farm you will find a haven.
Welcome to The Family.
Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.
But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.
Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…
This was a very intriguing book, it is clear from the start that our characters Laura, Tilly and Alex all have secrets that they are keeping not only from each other but everyone else. When Laura’s husband dies after falling off scaffolding and the insurance holding up paying out she is faced with loosing her buisness and her home. With no money coming in she is offered help from Oak Leaf Organics, a local commune who offer her and her daughter a home until things get settled and sorted out.
Life in the commune is run by Alex, I instantly thought of it being very cult like – ridding yourself of all the modern world has to offer, like technology, clothing etc. But the more I read on I actually quite liked the idea of what Alex was trying to build upon with Oak Leaf, though I couldn’t see myself doing it…..
As Laura and Tilly settle in life on the outside is slowly ticking by like a bomb waiting to go off, and when it does go off the secrets that Laura and Tilly have been keeping from each other come to an explosive ending. Not only that the secrets that Alex is keeping will twist the knife in ways I never saw coming.
This was good thriller that has many secrets, twists and turn that I couldn’t stop reading.