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A Family of Strangers

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,415 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Could a lifetime of a lifetime of lies?

All her life Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy's achievements, she didn't even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly
Paperback, 491 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Mira Books
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Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards is a family drama and a murder mystery all rolled into one very dysfunctional family. The Graceys have two daughters: Wendy who is married with two daughters and Ryan, the much-younger sister who is single and hosts a true-crime podcast. Out of the blue, Wendy contacts Ryan asking her to move back to her hometown to take care of her two young daughters until further notice because she has gone into hiding. Ryan, using her crime investigation skills, sets ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars.

An easy and comfortably entertaining family drama full of hidden secrets.

Ryan Gracey receives a call from her sister, Wendy, asking a life changing favour. Could Ryan come back to her hometown to temporarily care for her two young nieces while Wendy sorts out a major issue - she may be wrongly accused of murder! Ryan packs up her work and a few personal items to move into Wendy’s townhouse to take on the role of parenting her nieces while their mother tends to this secretive and mysteri
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Emily Richards has crafted a clever and engaging domestic drama. This book sucked me in in the first few pages. There’s just something about Ryan that drew me in. Perhaps it was that she was a true crime podcaster? Or perhaps it was that she was a bit of an underdog? The younger sister to perfect big sis Wendy. As absorbing as the mystery was I think what I found most captivating about this book were the characters and the relationship Dynamics. My favorite of the
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: '....I'm not coming home. I can't, and I don't know when I'll be able to. I need you to go back to Seabank and take care of the girls until things clear up for me.'

'You're kidding.' I really thought she might be.

'I don't want to go into detail. Can't you just trust me and do it?'

I paused, with no plan to restart until I made sense of her request. Finally I said the only thing that occurred to me. 'Look, this sounds crazy. You have to tell me more.'

"Great. Thanks a lot.' For the first ti
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-read
I remember reading this book a few months ago and since someone messaged me today that he/she really liked my thriller/mystery recommendations . I was overwhelmed so I decided to review this

Why I decided to read it?
--> when it comes to mystery thriller I really love one's portraying family drama and this has a word family in its title so I decided to read it .
What I liked ?

• Family drama:- this book portrayed one of the best family dysfunctional family I have come across in few months.

• Relatio
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Sophie had many ways of getting to the truth. Now she pulled out guilt, a tool she manipulated with the precision of a top chef’s boning knife.

The flaws of an older child are bleached by time, while a younger’s are always in plain view.

I listen to your podcast, Ryan. I was right there in that awful prison with that poor woman, the one who was sentenced for a crime she didn’t commit. That’s as close as I want to get to iron bars and a cellmate named Butch.

“I can tell him she’s on
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ryan Gracey left Seabank, Florida following a harrowing incident where she almost lost her life and the man she was beginning to fall in love with was shot. She now produces a successful cold case crime podcast and is looking towards the future. Imagine her surprise when she gets a phone call from her sister, Wendy, asking her to take care of her two young nieces while she is hiding from the police. Wendy was heading off to college when Ryan was born and they have never been close. Ryan always f ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m hovering unsteadily between 2 and 3 stars.

Gosh, this was a l-o-n-g book. Do I think it was necessary to the story? Absolutely not. ✂️ clip clip edit clip clip ✂️

I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything by this author before. Would I again? Right now my answer is no, because it was more annoying than enjoyable reading. And I was thinking, ok, maybe I was in a surly mood or had an attitude when reading this book, but it was read over a span of a few days, so no, I’m not making excuses for not
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, rabf
First off, I can’t believe I waited so long to read A FAMILY OF STRANGERS! It is by far the best book I’ve read this year, so far. The twists and turns just kept on coming and hooked me from the very first chapter! Ryan Gracey left Seabank, Florida following an intense incident where she almost lost her life and the man she was beginning to fall in love with, was shot. Ryan soon learns on her return trip, her family isn’t exactly as she always thought they were. None of the characters are truly ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Emilie Richards books and even though this is a slight change from her normal genre, it's fantastic and my favorite of all of her books. Her past books have been women's fiction but her new book has a central mystery that keeps you guessing until the end.

Though Ryan and Wendy are sisters, they were never close because there were so many years between them. Wendy was ready to start college when Ryan was born. Wendy was a successful business woman who helped her dad run the fami
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
This domestic drama features a dysfunctional family (who has loads of baggage), a mystery and a budding romance. I like books that have a few focuses but for this book, I was in it for the mystery surrounding Ryan's missing sister.

There were parts of the story that were interesting, and I found myself much more invested in Ryan's relationships with her nieces than I would have thought. There are some interesting characters and a good premise, but this is a much lighter read than I was expecting
A FAMILY OF STRANGERS, a good murder mystery and reunited lovers’ theme, leaves the reader with one unasked question – would you do the same thing if faced with this situation?

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Ryan Rose Gracey is celebrating the success of her cold case podcast she co-produces with her friend Sophie when she receives an urgent call from her older sister. Wendy believes she’s a murder suspect, wrongly accused, and needs Ryan to take care of
Robin Loves Reading
Ryan Gracey was never close to her much older sister Wendy. So, when she gets a desperate plea from Wendy for Ryan to take care of her daughters, needless to say, Ryan is shocked. Even more shocking is the reason that Wendy needs Ryan's help. Wendy tells Ryan that there has been a murder and that she might be the most likely suspect, so she has to disappear. What else can Ryan do but tend to the girls?

Ryan is much more than an aunt. She is acting as a stand-in mother. The girls father works at s
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars
Overall, this is a pretty solid suspenseful tale, but for me, the middle dragged quite a bit. It's extremely long (over 500 pages) and could have used a little editing to make it move faster. I liked the family relationships and how they evolved throughout the novel, and did like the ultimate conclusion. Some parts I called before they were revealed, but it didn't take away from the tale. Loved Ryan's job as a true crime podcaster, I actually wanted more about that in the book and less
I slowly read the last pages of A Family of Strangers, reluctant to finish, because then I have to step out of the story web that Emilie Richards has woven and entrapped me in.

Ryan has had to return home to help her parents take care of her two nieces. There Dad is in a submarine somewhere and their mother - Ryan's sister - Wendy has let Ryan know she needs to disappear for awhile. Wendy is way older than Ryan so they have never really been at home together so don't know each other that well.

Hallie Szott
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ryan Gracey has always felt on the outskirts of her family, never able to live up to the example of her sister Wendy. Their lives have taken very different paths, but when Ryan receives a call asking for help, she cannot help but return home. Now, in taking the time to delve into all her family’s baggage, she is realizing just how much she has not known all these years.

A Family of Strangers focuses heavily on family relationships, as the title suggests. Though the blurb leans heavily on the myst
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
A Family of Strangers is a women's fiction novel with a hint of family suspense/drama.

This story barely held my interest to be honest. It was so wordy and wayyyy to drawn out. It was too long and could have been 75-100 pages less.

Family secrets and family relationships are at the core of this novel. There again was just too much going on in this novel and caught myself rolling my eyes wondering where the story was going. It didn't have enough punch to the max in this story. I was bored and wonde
4.25 ⭐
okay so I should stop saying I don't like thrillers anymore cuz this is the second thriller I read in the past month that I liked .. let's start with the amazing writing style the author held my attention at all mundane life details Rayn was going through , the fact that I kept screaming at my reader at a point or another was enough indication that I was in too deep with this book , the story was intense .

why not 5⭐ ? the romance in the book wasn't my kind of romance , there was so much bu
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What happens when you throw a detached analytical true crime podcast producer into a situation where her own family member may have committed a crime? That juxtaposition is the biggest strength of the book “A Family of Strangers”. I also enjoyed how the main character’s family and romantic relationship grew and changed over the progression of the book.

Thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin-Mira, and the author Emilie Richards for an advanced digital review copy. This book will be published June 25, 201
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I have never read anything by Emilie Richards, so I'm not sure if this is her typical fare, but I'm going to find out! The characters were realistic - not perfect but not stupid (which is one of my thriller pet peeves), and although I guessed a few things that were happening, I really had no idea!
Ryan gets called in to help her sister Wendy, who has to disappear. As Ryan attempts to help Wendy, she discovers more and more about not only the current troubles, but about the past. This
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I love about book tours is the fact they introduce to me new authors!! When Ryan Gacey gets a phone call from her older sister Wendy she’s blown away, Wendy informs her there’s been a murder on her business trip and Wendy believes she’s going to be falsely accused so she’s going on the run until the police arrest the murderer! So Ryan packs up some clothes and heads to Wendy’s house to watch her nieces while their mom is on the run, to add fuel tot he fire Ryan and Wendy’s father just had h ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
A Family of Strangers by Emily Richards is marketed as a mystery/thrillerbut I have to say that it is much more of a family drama. The mystery - Where is Wendy? What has she gotten herself involved in? Is she a victim or a perpetrator? Will she ever find her way back home to her daughters? Despite all of these questions the focus of the book strangely enough os not on Wendy but Ryan, the little sister who always disappeared in the shadows of Wendy's perfection.
> How will Ryan be able t
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I almost don’t know what to say about this book. First off, it was NOT anything I expected. I have read Emilie Richards before, but it was some of her earlier works. This was very different from many of the books I have read lately, and I LOVED IT. It was such a complex family story with so many twists and turns, I could not put this book down. I felt as if every chapter was another twist and turn. This book was women’s fiction, a mystery, and a contemporary romance all in one wonderful story. T ...more
Steena Holmes
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Could a lifetime of memories…be a lifetime of lies?
I love anything when it comes to secrets – especially when they are lifelong secrets that impact families. There’s something about the idea – how they impact everyone around us, ourselves and the lives we lead – it’s like candy to me. Suggest a book that deals with lies and secrets and I’m all in!
Emilie Richards crafted a web I couldn’t entangle myself from in her latest novel – A Family of Strangers. If you are looking for something amazing to
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ryan Gracey is a True-crime podcaster. When she receives a phone call from her older sister Wendy her whole life changes. Wendy thinks she will be falsely accused of a murder so she in hiding. She wants Ryan to go to her parents house and get her two kids, Holly and Noelle and take care of them til things blow over.
Changing her life to suit her sister doesn't set well with Ryan but she does it.
After a lot of investigating on her own she finds hidden family secrets and the deviousness of her sist
This is my first book by Emilie Richards & I loved this story!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved the mystery of it but also the very relatable style of writing. It was a tad long in my opinion but it kept you still reading through. Ryan Gracey is a producer of her own cold case podcast and hasn't heard from her too perfect older sister in ages until a phone stating that her sister may be a suspect in a murder and she needs Ryan to come home to take care of Wendys two young daughters until she can get everything ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
Summary from Goodreads:

"All her life Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy’s achievements, she didn’t even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly fatal mistake in judgment. The sisters’ choices have taken them in different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when Wendy calls, begging for her h
The Lit Bitch
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I was looking forward to for quite some time. I was really interested in the family dynamics in this summary, especially since I am the oldest sister and my younger sister and I are in constant completion with each other.

I thought this one would yield interesting family relationships and dynamics as well as present a fascinating mystery with lots of things to question and debate.

Plus this author has written a number of books, most of which are women fiction or romance, sprink
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I had read a few of Emilie Richards previous books and had expected a women's lit book here, but boy was I surprised. This was a mystery and family drama that I enjoyed overall. I listened to this book, so it was long at over 14 hours. There were parts of the story that were slow, but in the end, it all came together in a satisfying mystery.

Ryan and Wendy are sisters that are extremely different. Wendy is married with two adorable young children, a job working at her father's company and was alw
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