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Six Wicked Reasons

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,765 ratings  ·  233 reviews
It's June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Lattimer vanishes, presumed dead. The strain of his disappearance breaks his already fragile family.

Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam's reappearance poses more questions than ans

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Published January 16th 2020 by Quercus
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, netgalley
Six Wicked Reasons is a compelling story of a dysfunctional family with a recently departed mother, a narcissistic cruel father and six children with a reason to murder their father. I am so delighted to have finished this year off with another buddy read with the wonderful Beata. Thank you so much!

Ten years ago, Adam, one of the six Lattimer children, disappeared without a trace, leaving a devastating impact on his family, particularly his mother, Kathleen. She never overcame the grief, w
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well. If someone hadn’t got to Frazer Lattimer first I think I may have felt inclined to murder him myself! At the very least, he made my hands clench, my jaw lock and my eyes flash and he’d definitely have been on the receiving end of one of my famous ‘dead eyes’!! What a horrible, terrible excuse of a man. This is the story of a dysfunctional family all of which is to the dubious credit of narcissist Frazer, who if he isn’t a psychopath I’d be very surprised. His children - James, Ellen, Kate, ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to reading the latest offering by Ms Spain as I had enjoyed her previous novel. Six Wicked Reasons have a good idea behind it: an isolated premise and many suspects, however, this novel did not work for me and I stuggled a little while reading it. For one thing, much as I admit that a big dysfunctional family provides a solid background for a mystery, there is too much of a good thing in the Lattimer family. The father, cold, selfish and with the lowest emotional intelligen ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jo Spain is a crime author I love, and this, her latest, is a cracker of a read, set in Wexford and Spanish Cove in Ireland. It centres on the dysfunctional and damaged Lattimer family, the mother, Kathleen, from a wealthy family, and father, Frazer, a Scottish man who settled in Ireland, working as a lowly bank clerk until he married Kathleen, then quit to manage her large business portfolio of business investments. They have six children, Ellen, James, Kate, Adam, Ryan and Clio, all of whom ha ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Clio let herself hope. She let herself imagine this man her dad planned to hire would find her brother. Or at least tell them what had happened. She couldn't know that by the following spring, he would return with the worst news.

That Adam was probably dead. She couldn't know that her father would convey that to her mother. And that he would badger her to accept it, at exactly the same time Ryan took a turn for the worse. and that her mother's heart, fit to burst with love for them all,
The Lattimer family, Jo Spain's subjects in this novel, would have to be one of the most dysfunctional in literature. The father, Frazer Lattimer is a masochistic narcissist who likes nothing better than to play psychological games and screw up the lives of his six children. With their mother dead, all but one of the children fled the family home as soon as they could but now Adam, who disappeared ten years ago and was presumed dead has reappeared and the others are summoned home to Wexford in I ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Jo Spain is such a wonderful crime writer. I devoured this book in 24 hours as I have done with all of her books. Six Wicked Reasons will have you hooked right from the beginning. There are so many characters that have the motive and means - but whodunnit?? A family full of secrets, lies and hatred.

The Lattimer Family in Ireland - what a dysfunctional family they are. Blessed with money but this does not mean that they are happy. Frazer and Kathleen had 6 children - James, Ellen, Kate, Adam, Rya
Louise Wilson
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
In 2008 Adam Lattimer disappeared without trace. He was presumed dead. His family was devastated.

Its now 2018 and the remaining Lattimer siblings have been summoned back to their home is Spanish Cove by their father. Adam has returned home. Frazer (the dad) hires a boat so that he can throw a party to celebrate. But tragedy strikes when Frazers body Is found floating in the water.

The story is narrated by the six Lattimer siblings. The story is gradually revealed to us.we learn about each charac
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly trying to be too complex for it's own good as the dysfunctional Lattimer family are the central focus of this mystery thriller.

The family have reluctantly returned to Spanish Cove having been summoned by their father Frazer, the siblings are soon shocked to see brother Adam who'd vanished and was believed dead surprisingly arrived unannounced.
The reunion is soon rocked as Frazer is found dead and with all the Lattimer children holding a grudge against him, the reader is left wondering w
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six Wicked Reasons is the latest stand-alone domestic noir/psychological thriller from bestseller Jo Spain and it is, in my opinion, her best novel to date. It centres around Adam Lattimer who, after a whole decade of being “missing”, returns home to his gobsmacked family. Since 2008 he has not spoken to any of them and was presumed long dead. However, his return to Spanish Cove prompts his father, Frazer Lattimer, to call a family meeting which doesn’t exactly go too well; naturally, some membe ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Six Wicked Reasons is a complex, psychological thrillers, a clever and gripping thriller by bestselling Irish crime author Jo Spain. This book will mess with your mind!

The novel is set in Wexford and Spanish Cove in Ireland and revolves around a dysfunctional family…the Lattimer family, Frazer and Kathleen had six children-James, Ellen, Kate, Adam, Ryan and Clio. And they have all disappointed their controlling father.

James-Executive producer who works in Dublin, married to Sandra and stepdaught
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having enjoyed previous novels by Jo Spain, I was keen to read her latest and, am pleased to say, it is an interesting read. Like others I have read by her, it is very character led and unfolds slowly, allowing the reader to discover why, and how, people are involved in events.

In 2008, Adam Lattimer disappeared from the family home, leaving his mother heart-broken and leading, his siblings felt, to her death. In 2018 he suddenly returns and father, Fraser, gathers his children home – well, all e
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Ooooo I love a good revenge story! And a muder mystery.... And a complex family drama.... yay!

Basically it has many of the elements that make for a cracking good read in my opinion.

Jo Spain is one of my favourite authors and I had to start reading this on realease day ... I was not disappointed!

More please :)
The Cats’ Mother
Six Wicked Reasons is the third book I’ve read by Jo Spain, all stand-alones, and while perhaps not quite as clever as last year’s Dirty Little Secrets, was still another brilliant mystery. Unfortunately the ARC I received from NetGalley was dreadfully formatted, with about 90% of spaces between words missing - which serves me right for being late reading it I suppose - had I realised before archiving I could’ve downloaded another copy: no one else has mentioned it so seems like I just got a dod ...more
Liz Barnsley
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

Wow this family is all twisted, they are a total mess but then if I had their Dad I’m fairly sure I’d have murdered him as a teenager….

As it is they are all adults now, including the seemingly dead Adam, one night, one boat trip and all the grievances build up to a murderous crescendo..

Jo Spain writes marvellously complex psychological thrillers, Six Wicked Reasons does exactly what it says on the tin and then some, throwing the reader into a madly divisive family dynamic with a christie-esque u
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was so boring and dull...

I really didn't connect with the writing style of this book. I'm not sure what it was about it but I really struggled with it.

I also got overwhelmed with the amount of characters. There was a lot and it was hard to follow who was who. I also didn't like any of them either which didn't help.

I struggled with the different timelines. This book jumped all over the place and it was difficult to follow.

I'm struggling to find any redeeming features of this book. I fou
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A complete guessing game throughout. It had all the properties that I love in a thriller - we had characters to love, characters to hate, the secluded family each with their own issues, we had mystery and at the end of each page I found myself saying "so, who did it!?". Just what I needed to read! ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A twisty story involving the murder of the head of a wealthy, yet very dysfunctional family. A family all gathered together for the first time in ten years, six grown up children, each with a very good reason to kill their narcissistic father, ah but whodunnit? A clever tale that switches back and forth in time and is told from different character's POV. If I have a gripe it's that I found all the characters rather unlikeable, and kind of flat, I didn't really care about or warm to any of them u ...more
Tracy Fenton
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow – Jo Spain really does like writing twisty, twisted tales and Six Wicked Reasons is a complex but addictive psychological thriller which will keep even the most clued up armchair detective spinning back and forth.

This book reminded me of Succession, a brilliant American TV series about a dysfunctional family with a controlling father – and if you haven’t watched it yet – you must. Anyway, back to this book. Set in Wexford, Ireland, Kathleen and Frazer Lattimer have a large family with 3 daug
Melania 🍒
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-in-12-books

I am surprised I haven’t heard about this book more often given that, for its genre, I think it is pretty good. I guess it doesn’t have ten crazy turns and twists but the characters are interesting enough and pretty realistic while it still keeps your interest via the small reveals sprinkled in. And the end was also well written, giving the reader a pretty big twist without making it too crazy.
Would recommend.
If ever there were a dysfunctional, this is it. Very entertaining mystery that moves back and forth in time and between each of these six, largely dislikeable siblings. A fast read with such a strong sense of place. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Linda Harris
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Fairly ok . Could see what was coming less than half way through . Bit of a twist at the end . Much prefer her earlier books
Laura Rash
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alternating time periods & characters made for a fascinating telling of a wonderful whodunnit that kept me guessing the whole time!
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Six Wicked Reasons is the third Jo Spain book I've read and personally, it's my favourite one so far. I love a good whodunnit and this one kept me hooked right through. And that ending was brilliant, very well done. Can't wait to read more from Jo Spain.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.
Hannah | The Redhead Reader
SIX WICKED REASONS was one of those books that was so different from what I was expecting. And, for that reason, I’m still not sure how I would categorise this novel. I did really enjoy this, but for some reason I was expecting a fast-paced thriller and what I got was (in my opinion) a slow burn domestic noir. It took me a while to settle into it because of that, but once I did I was captivated.

This book follows a huge Irish family across a dual timeline which I was so excited to discover as it
Having read Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain last year, I was very keen to read her latest novel, Six Wicked Reasons, and there were certainly no disappointments!

This stellar thriller focuses on the dysfunctional Lattimer family; mother, Kathleen, from a wealthy family; father, Frazer, a Scot and a bank clerk who settled in Ireland. After marrying Kathleen, he left his job to manage her portfolio of business investments. The couple have six children, James, Ellen, Kate, Adam, Ryan and Clio. In 2
Kelly Van Damme
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Hi and welcome to my review of Six Wicked Reasons!

1. It’s Jo freaking Spain!
2. Secrets
3. Family drama
4. Little is what it seems
5. Little twists and turns galore
6. Locked room trope (kinda)

Well, there you have it: six (not so) wicked reasons why you should pick up Six Wicked Reasons!

Before I continue, let me wish Jo Spain a happy publication day and give a huge thanks to Quercus books for the eARC through NetGalley, and for adding me to the blog tour!

Jo Spain’s last novel Dirty Little Lies was on
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly unpredictable but utterly addictive, Jo Spain has done it again with another fantabulous book.

Nine people get on a boat, only eight get off it alive. And murder is suspected, but is it the best friend, the fiancee, or one of the six children that have murdered the father.

Well as the story progresses and we see more of what happened in the week leading up to the boat trip, as well as key events from the past 10 years, well I changed my mind a bazillion times.

Frankly Frazer, the now
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fantastic read! I have loved all of Spain’s novels I’ve read but this is my favourite so far.

In 2008 Adam Latimer disappears, presumed dead. His family, particularly his mother, never gives up hope he is alive. Ten years later, his mother is deceased and Adam show up at the family estate out of nowhere. His five siblings are all summoned to estate at Spanish Cove to see Adam, but many are angry that he left family grieving for all of those years. As the synopsis indicates, the te
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Jo Spain is the author of the bestselling Inspector Tom Reynolds series and several international No. 1 bestselling standalone novels. Her first book, With Our Blessing, was a finalist in the 2015 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller.
Jo, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, writes TV screenplays full-time. Her first crime series was broadcast on RTE in 2018 and she's currently involved in a

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