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The Family Game

By Catherine Steadman
The Family Game by Catherine Steadman digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

“A powerful family and a deadly game. Be prepared for a nail-biting, roller-coaster of a ride” (B. A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors), from the New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water, Mr. Nobody, and The Disappearing Act

“The Holbecks are what you might come up with if you took the Roys from Succession and blended them with the Murdochs, the Macbeths, and the Borgias. . . . Let the fun begin!”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

1. Listen carefully
2. Do your research
3. Trust no one
4. Run for your life

Harriet Reed, a novelist on the brink of literary stardom, is newly engaged to Edward Holbeck, the heir of an extremely powerful family. And even though Edward has long tried to severe ties with them, news of the couple’s upcoming marital bliss has the Holbecks inching back into their lives.

As Harriet is drawn into their lavish world, the family seems perfectly welcoming. So when Edward’s father, Robert, hands Harriet a tape of a book he’s been working on, she is desperate to listen.

But as she presses play, it’s clear that this isn’t just a novel. It’s a confession.

A confession to a grisly crime. A murder. And, suddenly, the game is in motion.

Feeling isolated and confused, Harriet must work out if this is part of a plan to test her loyalty or something far darker. What is it that Robert sees in her? Why give her the power to destroy everything?

This might be a game to the Holbeck family—but losing could still prove deadly.

367 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I listened to the audiobook and really loved it. Really!! And I loved it even more when in the end I learned that it was narrated by the author itself. I love the plot too. But I guessed early on about the big twist in the end. Too many clues gave it away.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readAddictiveFast-pacedSuspensefulBeautiful setting
Slightly Smiling Face“This was a fast paced, cat n mouse mystery. The story held my interest from the start. It was entertaining though the family "games" were definitely disturbing. The cast of characters are uneasy suspicion make the brain go many different ways trying to figure out what is going on. While I didn't love the ending of this story, I enjoyed the book overall and found it worth reading.”
Easy to readFast-pacedSuspensefulThrillingDark settingPredictableUnsatisfying ending
Thinking Face“Wow - this is one totally screwed up family. I kind of hate that Iris has to grow up with all of that baggage hanging around. What kind of family tries to scare and scar each other with the crazy “games” they play. This was a psychologists dream to analyze this group. Crazy!!”
Morally ambiguous
Thumbs Up“A fun read - especially for someone who can’t handle scary. I thought it was a tad predictable but not disappointing.”
Easy to readFast-pacedSuspensefulRealistic settingPredictable
Anxious Face with sweat“I really enjoyed the book! Right from the beginning it was a quick easy read that I could not put down. I did feel like I was waiting a little long for the suspense to pick up for the first 2/3 of the story but when it did I was not disappointed. Overall an exciting read for me! 🤗”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readAddictiveComplexSuspensefulCreepyImmersive settingThought-provoking

About Catherine Steadman

Catherine Steadman is an actress and author based in London. She has appeared in leading roles on British and American television as well as on stage in the West End, where she has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. She grew up in the New Forest, Hampshire, and now lives in North London with her husband and daughter. Steadman’s first novel, Something in the Water, was a New York Times bestseller with rights sold in more than thirty territories. She is also the author of Mr. Nobody and The Disappearing Act.

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