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Summary: The Crouch family is quite well off and live in a beautiful house close to a park. But the longer Juno, a former therapist, gets to know them, they’re not so perfect after all. But neither is Juno…
Genre: thriller, mystery, fiction
Writing, Plot: This story is told in 2 POVs, Winnie who is the lady of the house, and Juno. I’ve read concepts similar to this before and I think the author does a good job of slowly revealing what everyone’s relationship to each other is and unfolding their issues as the novel progresses…And it’s Tarryn Fisher, who I should have recognized as the author of The Wives! I knew her name sounded familiar but I didn’t connect the dots until a lot later on. So with this author I’m seeing a pattern of really broken characters who don’t make any effort to change and cause trouble for others because of them. I preferred this book a lot more to The Wives, it really had the creep factor down and while the characters were unlikeable and messy, in their own messed up way they had good intentions. So I could see people somewhat rooting for them, but well…I couldn’t because they were way too creepy! It didn’t just seem like a sad unfortunate mess like it did in The Wives. This one really seemed way more like the types of horrible people you could potentially run into in the real world.
The story was also a fairly fast and easy read.
Characters: The author seems to be a fan of more unique names…The other characters even poke fun at Winnie’s name and one of her nicknames is literally Pooh Bear! Juno is also a pretty unique name that I don’t see too often. These are the two main characters and they are both creepy in their own special ways. They’re both not likeable but I also feel that’s the point.
Overall: Unlikeable messy characters with creepy secrets…It was a decent read, way better than The Wives…I’d give it a 6/10. The Crouches weren’t incredibly interesting and neither was Juno, I don’t feel like my life is more fulfilled knowing about them or anything but I do admit that these are concepts that really creep me out so I gave it a bit higher rating.