Not A Happy Family Audiobook
Not A Happy Family Shari Lapena
The New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and The End of Her, who has sold over seven million copies of her books worldwide, has released a new domestic suspense novel.
Everyone in this family, including the dead, keeps secrets.
Upstate New York’s Brecken Hill is an expensive place to live. You have to be wealthy to own a home there, and Fred and Sheila Merton are certainly wealthy. When a killer comes to call, not even their money can protect them. The Mertons are brutally murdered following a tense Easter dinner with their three adult children. Of course, he is devastated.
Or do they? They each stand to inherit millions of dollars. They were never a happy family because of their vengeful father and neglectful mother, but one of the siblings may be more disturbed than anyone realized. Did someone snap as a result of that dreadful evening? Or did someone else show up later that night with bad intentions? That’s probably what happened. After all, you’d know if one of the family members was capable of something as heinous as this.
Wouldn’t you agree?
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Shari Lapena is the New York Times and Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of the thrillers THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, AN UNWANTED GUEST, SOMEONE WE KNOW, and THE END OF HER. Her books have been published in 37 countries around the world. She lives in Toronto and this is her sixth thriller, NOT A HAPPY FAMILY.
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Dan merton shrugs on a navy blazer over an open-necked pale blue dress, shirt and a smart pair of dark jeans. He studies himself critically in the full-length mirror in the bedroom behind him. His wife lisa says: are you okay? He smiles wandly at her via the mirror. Sure why wouldn’t i be she turns away?
He knows she doesn’t relish the prospect of easter dinner at his parents house any more than he does. He turns around and looks at her his pretty brown eyed girl they’ve been married four years and in that time there have been challenges, but she has stood by him and he knows he’s lucky to have her. She is his first experience of unconditional love. Unless you count the dogs, he tamps down a twinge of uneasiness, their financial troubles are a source of stress, a constant subject of discussion. Lisa always talks around him, though, and makes him believe things will turn out all right, at least while she’s still in the room.
It’S when she isn’t there that the doubts creep in the crippling anxiety lisa comes from hardy middle-class stock. That was a strike against her from the outset, but he didn’t care. His parents are snobs, but he is not so. She never had great expectations when they met. She didn’t even know who he was because they didn’t travel in the same circles, she’s the only one who will have him.
He overheard his younger sister jenna, say to his older sister catherine. When they didn’t know he could hear them. Perhaps that was true, but his marriage at least has been a success. They have all had to admit it and his family has grown fond of lisa in spite of themselves and their prejudices. Are you going to try to talk to your father?
Lisa asks now apprehension on her face. He averts his eyes closing the closet door. If the opportunity presents itself, he hates asking his father for money, but he really doesn’t see that he has any other choice. Catherine merton she did not take her husband’s surname, looks forward to easter dinner at her parents place every year and all the other occasions when they gather to celebrate holidays at the lavish house in brecken hill. Her mother will get out the special plates and the silver, and there will be a huge bouquet of fresh cut flowers on the formal dining table, and it will all make catherine feel elegant and privileged.
She is the firstborn and favorite child, they all know it. She is the high functioning one, the only one their parents are actually proud of a doctor, a dermatologist rather than a cardiac surgeon, but still a doctor dan has been a bit of a disappointment and jenna. Well, jenna is jenna, catherine puts in a pearl earring and wonders what surprise jenna might have in store for them. Today, her little sister lives in a small rented house on the outskirts of elsford and travels into new york city, frequently to stay with friends. Her lifestyle is something of a mystery and causes their parents, considerable distress.
Dan says jenna is out of control, but katherine knows better jenna uses her lifestyle as a means of control. She has the power to shock and she doesn’t mind using it. Jenna is certainly not well behaved like catherine, not respectable or predictable. No, she is an outlier when they were kids. She would do anything on a dare now.
Their father is always threatening to cut off jenna’s allowance, but they all know he won’t do it, because she’d move back home and they’d never be able to stand it. The family suspects, drugs and promiscuity, but they never ask because they don’t really want to know. Catherine looks up from the seat at her mirrored vanity as her husband ted walks into their bedroom. He’S been rather subdued all day his subtle way of showing his displeasure, although he would never admit it, he doesn’t want to go to easter dinner at her wealthy parents. He chafes at their expectation of it every holiday.
He doesn’t like the tension rippling beneath the surface during these meals. God. How can you stand it? He always says as soon as they’re in the car heading back down the driveway, she defends them they’re, not that bad. She always replies trying to make light of it as they speed away.
Now she gets up and goes over to him and kisses him on the cheek try to make the best of it. She says i always do he replies? No, you don’t. She thinks turning away.