The Family Home – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Family Home

Author:- Miranda Smith

Date published:- will be published on October 3rd 2022

No. of pages:- 289 pages

Publisher;- Bookouture

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4.5

I can’t trust him. I can’t live with him. I can’t let him go.

At my daughter Mabel’s sixth birthday party, there’s a cake with candles, sausages on the barbecue, and the sound of her friends’ excited voices as we open her gifts. But at the end of the day, I hug my daughter tightly, drop a kiss into her shiny brown hair… and leave her with my ex-husband, who won’t even meet my eyes.

After our divorce, Matthew and I wanted to do the best thing for Mabel. We agreed to share the family home, despite living separate lives. Now one of us stays with her, and one of us stays at the apartment across town.

The night of the party, I fall asleep on the sofa, tired and a little sad. When I wake up and stumble into my bedroom, I know immediately something is wrong.

There’s a body in my bed. A man I dated. In an apartment where only Matthew and I have the key.

Would Matthew go this far to be rid of me? I thought I could trust him… but now I can’t be sure.

Or has someone learned the terrible secret that both tore us apart, and tied us together forever?

This is the third book I have read written by Miranda Smith and I wasn’t disappointed!


Matthew and Lillian are divorced but are amicable. After leaving the party, Lillian returns home feeling drunk and when she reaches her apartment, she immediately falls asleep on her sofa. When she wakes up and comes into her room, she feels that something wasn’t right–and she finds a dead body lying on her bed.


To me this was an interesting thriller with an intriguing plot. The story is told in Lillian’s and Matthew’s POV and they are both unreliable narrators in my opinion that you wouldn’t exactly know who is telling the truth. We also know that both Lillian and Matthew are holding a deep secret that involve a death of a person…who is actually connected to the person who was found in Lillian’s bed. Many of the suspects in the story are suspects and we don’t really know who is responsible for the murder. There were twists and turns and the fact that this is a fast paced thriller is a plus point for me. The ending was quite unexpected.

Overall, this was a good thriller packed with twists anfd turns and is quite fast paced. Worth 4.5 stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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