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The Family Lie

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  83 reviews
You whispered goodnight to your daughter. You didn’t know that would be your last goodbye.

You wake up in the middle of the night.

Your five-year-old daughter is gone.

Your husband is nowhere to be seen.

Your family think he took her.

The police believe he’s guilty.

But he wouldn’t do that, would he?

He’s a loving father. A loving husband. Isn’t he?

An addictive an
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Bookouture (first published 2019)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: The room is dark, but she can see that the patio door is halfway open, rain shooting in to soak the carpet, fast and loud, and that's all she can see.
Because there's no Nick, no Josie.
But she drags her eyes away from it. She stumbles across the room and peeks behind the floor to ceiling room divider, but she already knew that the dining room would be as black and lifeless as the rest of the house.
No Nick. No Josie.
Now she cannot avoid that patio door. She rushes outside, into the stingi
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of The Family Lie by Jake Cross from NetGalley for my honest review.

Anna Carter is woken up by a strange sound on one rainy night. She discovers that the sounds are coming from the baby monitor. Then she notices that her husband, Nick, is not in bed. She goes into Josie's room to see what is causing the noise. She notices the window is open, the floor is wet from the rain, and her child isn't in her room. She starts going from room to room looking for her daughter and he
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book opens with the dramatic scene of a home invasion and abduction. Anna wakes in the middle of the night to find her daughter Josie and husband Nick missing, the patio doors open, rain streaming in and blood on the steps. From there the suspense doesn't let up in this twisty tale of family lies.

Nick is found later that day, drugged and confused on the street, but the police still suspect he may be involved in the plot, especially when a call for a ransom comes in. The police know Nick and
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book due to the cover and the missing child blurb, but I was left sorely disappointed with the way of writing.

The story went thus, child Josie was kidnapped from home, father tried to stop, was hit on the head and drugged and left elsewhere, the mother called the cops and investigations started, leading to twists.

My second and perhaps the last book by Jake Cross, the book left me disappointed as the prose didn’t read like a complete story, the dialogues were pretty bad. The twis
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very suspenseful. Has you on the edge of your seat. Anna’s nightmare begins when in the middle of the night nick and their daughter are missing. Is it something from their pasts or just a coincidence? Nick is found drugged but their daughter is no where in sight.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Family Lie is the second standalone psychological thriller/family drama by Jake Cross, but I'm afraid that although it starts out very strong and promising it never really gets off the ground. It started to drag and get quite tedious to read, however, I did eventually complete it and did find the storytelling sound and solid. The premise is a good one despite being well used so it most definitely could've been compelling, but sadly it was let down by the poor plot execution. Overall, this is ...more
Donna Hines
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Imagine if you will waking up and finding both your husband and your daughter missing!
Frantic you begin searching when you get notification Nick has been found drugged. However, your daughter is still gone?!
Worse, there's something from your past that may be connected to the current investigation of your child and to add to it there's threats being passed around which almost always connects back to some form of payment.
There was a twist involving some hikers years earlier for which Anna was caug
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Anna Carter wakes in the middle of the night to find that her daughter, 5-year-old Josie, and her husband, Nick are missing from the house. Though Nick later returns home, it appears that Josie has been kidnapped and a ransom demanded. Who has taken her and why? NO SPOILERS.

This was pretty typical domestic drama with characters I found annoying and dialogue that I found pretty lame. Who calls their child "little lady" and which police officers use the word, "dear" when addressing victim families
Anna wakes up to find her house broken into and her husband and daughter missing. In a panic, she dials 911. She then calls her father and sister. And soon they all join her in a race to find Nick and Josie.

The Family Lie is fast paced, edge of your seat action from page one. I was easily able to put myself there with the characters in their race to rescue Josie. The twists and turns had me guessing until the end. The main characters in the story were well written. I was able to connect with the
Jade Kovacs
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get in to this book straight away and i think this was just down to the style of writing and how it was spoken,- sometimes having to re read the sentence a few times before I could work it out. Odd. That being said I'm so glad I kept with this book as it really did have a lot of plots to unravel and it really was a thriller, I couldn't really guess which way it would go. After the over use of DC Miller using the word "dear" at the end of every sentence, and the other officer Bennet co ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buckle up because this book does not slow down! Imagine you wake up, your husband and your daughter are gone, and the police think he took her. There are so many twists, turns, ups and downs! The ending was really good too, without giving anything away I felt like it wrapped up all the details, and the pieces and made a terrifying tale end happy (as happy as it could be, I should say). At times I found myself needing to flip back or re-read a few parts, the book moved so fast that I did get lost ...more
Adele Shea
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't find the flow of this book as easy as I would have liked. I found it messy in places. The story on whole could be really good with abit more tweaking. 2.5* ...more
Andrea Pole
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Family Lie by Jake Cross is like a runaway train of intrigue and suspense. If you enjoy a high speed thriller, this one is for you.

Anna Carter awakens to find her husband Nick, and five year old daughter Josie, missing from their home. Following a preliminary investigation, police are convinced that Nick is responsible for taking Josie. Anna is adamant that he is innocent. When Nick is discovered drugged and unable to explain his daughter's whereabouts, it is a race against the clock to find
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this book turned out to be chock full of twists and I had started it thinking I was going to figure out pretty quick what was happening and it was just going to be another run of the mill mystery thriller....well I was wrong it turned out to be a brilliant read. The book is written in a very distinctive style, compulsive and very clever in leading you down one path only to find yourself going nowhere making it a very different story from the one I was expecting, the pace doesn’t let up at a ...more
*thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

1 star.

This was a let down. The description sounded so good but I found it a struggle to get through. I ended up sskimming parts because I didn't want to DNF it but I also wasn't enjoying it.

It started off ok and was interesting but then at about the 30% mark, it just got boring. The use of the word. "Dear" as a term of affection from Miller was way over used to the point where it was ann
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The family lie is such a fast paced book!! From the first chapter until the end. This book does not slow down!
Anna wakes up to find her husband nick, and daughter josie, missing.
The police immediately think nick is to blame. Which of the family is holding a deep secret though? All through the book you’re second guessing Anna or nick. I love the way the author makes you think each could be guilty of different things.
So many twists and turns, couldn’t put it down.
Only reason I gave this 4 stars
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This month seems a month full of ‘meeting’ unknown (at least unknown to me) authors. It’s always a pleasure reading a story written by a favourite author because you know you will be in for a treat. But I also love being surprised by what new authors have in store.

The blurb is already sending chills down my spine and the book’s opener is very promising.

Maybe the story is not the most suspenseful I have read, but you certainly need to keep focused because the twists and turns make your head spin
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC via NetGalley.


Gripping, thrilling and wildly entertaining. The Family Lie is packed full with lies, betrayal, deception and secrets. I loved it. What better than a family drama full of surprises.

This book was a page turner for me. I was always wanting to know what would happen next and was eager to find out who took the little girl and if the father was responsible. Where h
Renita D'Silva
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author never disappoints! Brilliant writing, great characters, a fast paced, tense and emotional story that never loses its grip. LOVED this amazing book and cannot wait for more from this incredibly talented author who is, in my opinion, one of the top crime writers of today.
Like many others, I chose this book for the cover and the missing child description. It's a common theme with thrillers these days - the missing child concept - but it is also one that never grows old as each writer puts a different spin on it. However, while I liked the idea behind this story, it was the execution and delivery I found inadequate.

THE FAMILY LIE begins with mother Anna Carter waking in the middle of the night to find daughter Josie and husband Nick missing, window and patio door
Erik Therme
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
My type of story: a fast-paced thrill ride that unfold over a short period of time. I love the title. Highly recommend!
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for gifting me this ARC of The Family Lie in exchange for my honest review.

Imagine waking up to find your daughter and husband are missing, the police theory doesn't jive with what you know in your heart is true and time is ticking quickly!

I love an intense, suspenseful, twisty-turny thriller and this is what this was. It kept me on my toes and caught me by surprise a number of times. I was never able to guess any of the plot twists in advance either which ma
marnie | once upon a time book blog
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!

This is the perfect quote for this story!

Right from the get go there is no build up to this family thriller and we are thrown head first in the main character Anna’s worst nightmare. Her daughter Josie is no where to be found and to makes matters even worse, her husband Nick is also missing!

A police investigation quickly gets underway with their suspicions that Nick is responsible for their little lady’s disappearance. Unable to
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Rebecca Phillips
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Young Josie is kidnapped from her bed while her mum sleeps but her dad has disappeared. Everything points to her dad, Nick, being the main suspect but mum, Anna, doesn’t believe he would do this. With the police setting up in their home can Josie be found before it’s too late.

This was a thrilling read and had me really gripped. Really enjoyed it. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh What a story there little girl is taken the police think they want money but all is not as it seems is it the husband will say no more it is brilliant but is all lies and the past catches up with you a cried very well put together twisty gripping so recommend
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

oh What a story there little girl is taken the police think they want money but all is not as it seems is it the husband will say no more it is brilliant but is all lies and the past catches up with you a cried very well put together twisty gripping so recomend

Greta Halliday
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. A thrilling, exciting read with many twists and turns that keeps you guessing until almost the end.
Judy Odom
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Family Lie starts out simply enough: you wake up your daughter is gone and your husband is missing.

The police think her husband is behind her daughter's disappearance.

The police arrive and the story begins.

Who can you trust ? Who is being honest?

The twists and turns are just starting as the investigation continues and they don't let go.

A page turner that will keep you guessing to the end.

Good read.

Thanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read The Family Lie
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