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The DNA results are back. And there’s a serial killer in her family tree… Liz Catalano is shocked when an ancestry kit reveals she’s adopted. But she could never have imagined connecting with her unknown family would plunge her into an FBI investigation of a notorious serial killer… The Tri-State Killer has been abducting pairs of women for forty years, leaving no clues behi The DNA results are back. And there’s a serial killer in her family tree… Liz Catalano is shocked when an ancestry kit reveals she’s adopted. But she could never have imagined connecting with her unknown family would plunge her into an FBI investigation of a notorious serial killer… The Tri-State Killer has been abducting pairs of women for forty years, leaving no clues behind – only bodies. Can Liz figure out who the killer in her new family is? And can she save his newest victims before it’s too late? A gripping, original thriller for fans of My Lovely Wife, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and anyone who’s ever wondered what their family tree might be hiding…


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The DNA results are back. And there’s a serial killer in her family tree… Liz Catalano is shocked when an ancestry kit reveals she’s adopted. But she could never have imagined connecting with her unknown family would plunge her into an FBI investigation of a notorious serial killer… The Tri-State Killer has been abducting pairs of women for forty years, leaving no clues behi The DNA results are back. And there’s a serial killer in her family tree… Liz Catalano is shocked when an ancestry kit reveals she’s adopted. But she could never have imagined connecting with her unknown family would plunge her into an FBI investigation of a notorious serial killer… The Tri-State Killer has been abducting pairs of women for forty years, leaving no clues behind – only bodies. Can Liz figure out who the killer in her new family is? And can she save his newest victims before it’s too late? A gripping, original thriller for fans of My Lovely Wife, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and anyone who’s ever wondered what their family tree might be hiding…

30 review for The Family Tree

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    When I read the blurb for The Family Tree I knew that I had to read it. I love a good serial killer story and the twist in this one was brilliant. It was everything that I had hoped it would be and more - highly recommend it. When Liz receives a DNA testing kits for her birthday from her cousin and roommate, the last thing she expects is to learn that she is adopted. As devastated as she is, she knows she needs to find her birth family. Who is she really? She finds a Grand Uncle not too far away When I read the blurb for The Family Tree I knew that I had to read it. I love a good serial killer story and the twist in this one was brilliant. It was everything that I had hoped it would be and more - highly recommend it. When Liz receives a DNA testing kits for her birthday from her cousin and roommate, the last thing she expects is to learn that she is adopted. As devastated as she is, she knows she needs to find her birth family. Who is she really? She finds a Grand Uncle not too far away from where she lives in New York and is thrilled. But it is not long before the FBI come knocking with more information on her family - her DNA matches that of a serial killer who has been abducting and killing women for 40 years and they need her help. Tell me that does have you excited to read this.! It is as good as it sounds and you need to get your hands on it ASAP. Released June 10th, this is a must read for all you crime book lovers Thanks to Avon Books UK and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Liz receives a 23 And Me DNA test kit from her best friend and cousin Addie. When her results come in they are both shocked when they realize Liz has been adopted. Liz then goes full throttle into finding out anything about her biological family when she is contacted by the FBI - She is related to the Tri-State Killer. While the Tri-State killer has lain dormant for the last few years two college girls have recently disappeared making them wonder if he's back in action. His Modus Operandi has al Liz receives a 23 And Me DNA test kit from her best friend and cousin Addie. When her results come in they are both shocked when they realize Liz has been adopted. Liz then goes full throttle into finding out anything about her biological family when she is contacted by the FBI - She is related to the Tri-State Killer. While the Tri-State killer has lain dormant for the last few years two college girls have recently disappeared making them wonder if he's back in action. His Modus Operandi has always been to kidnap two young women at the same time, usually roommates, and with a quick plunge of the needle in their necks their worlds turn black only to wake up in an actual nightmare. Chapters go back and forth between Liz and the victims of the Tri-State Killer. While I did find this premise unique, I especially liked hearing from the victims, this was kind of dull. There was no sitting on the edge of my seat in suspense. I found Liz to be a little too whiney and I hated the way she treated her loving adoptive parents. Honestly, she acted like a spoiled brat. The ending though is where this one really went off the rails. It felt like a cheat. (Rant spoiler below explaining why) The epilogue leads me to believe there will be a sequel. A sequel I will skip. 2 stars! (view spoiler)[This is now the 2nd book I've read this month where the perpetrator is someone that has been dead during the entirety of the novel so of course you aren't going to assume them. And what happened to Adam? The creepy grand uncle? He just disappeared to never be heard from again. And now this Jack guy and his grandson Tyler are taking over where Frank left off after dying? These two only appear in the epilogue and are complete strangers to us readers. I got to be honest and say that's a whole lot of bullshit to swallow. (hide spoiler)] Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for my copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Megan Collins

    Chilling from page one, THE FAMILY TREE is a nail-biting exploration of a serial killer who’s terrorized a region for decades, and the woman whose identity is upended when she discovers she’s related to him. This twisted and twisty thriller is sure to keep you up at night—either because you can’t stop reading, or because you’re too afraid to sleep.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MDenn

    I got an ARC of this book and I'm so happy I did. (although I may pick up a hard copy once it's out, the colour and intensity of that cover, wow!) What a darkly twisted book with bouts of fun and humour. I loved Liz and Andie. I'm adopted myself which is why I gravitated towards this plot. But my parents were always up front about it. I can't imagine what it must feel like to be lied to your entire life. A betrayal that deep hits hard. In fact, I felt she may have even let her parents off a litt I got an ARC of this book and I'm so happy I did. (although I may pick up a hard copy once it's out, the colour and intensity of that cover, wow!) What a darkly twisted book with bouts of fun and humour. I loved Liz and Andie. I'm adopted myself which is why I gravitated towards this plot. But my parents were always up front about it. I can't imagine what it must feel like to be lied to your entire life. A betrayal that deep hits hard. In fact, I felt she may have even let her parents off a little easy, but understanding since they seemed such lovely people. The suspense around TSK within the victim's chapters was SOOOO creepy! I also found hints of feminism in the victims chapters which was not expected in their situation. I cheered for them quite a few times despite the punishments that inevitably came. I got up not once, but three times last night to make sure my windows were locked! Can't wait to see what these two come up with next.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was such a fun ride I had a hard time putting it down! I was immediately interested in it because it focuses on using DNA results in a public database to find a serial killer. This is a story that I had just started hearing about in the news/true crime genre (Golden State Killer - Gone in the Dark) but thought would be an interesting premise in fiction. Turns out it was a page turner for me which is exactly what I needed after being in a year long reading slump. I loved how the chapter This book was such a fun ride I had a hard time putting it down! I was immediately interested in it because it focuses on using DNA results in a public database to find a serial killer. This is a story that I had just started hearing about in the news/true crime genre (Golden State Killer - Gone in the Dark) but thought would be an interesting premise in fiction. Turns out it was a page turner for me which is exactly what I needed after being in a year long reading slump. I loved how the chapters went between the serial killer’s POV and Liz in the present. Typically I hate dual timelines but the way it unraveled felt very clear and easy to follow chronologically. It also added to the story by helping me to piece it together from two perspectives in a unique way that felt unlike other dual timeline stories I’ve read before. This book also features a normal girl who gets thrown into a criminal investigation as it happens. Since she came from such an ordinary world it helped to ground the shocking things going on around her. I also thought she and her cousin were well developed and had great banter between them that felt realistic. Especially for later scenes in the book as Liz begins to research and interact with her blood family. As thrilling as this book was my favorite part had to be the cultural representation - Liz being raised in an Italian family then learning about her Mexican roots. A main protagonist is rarely ever a Hispanic woman so it was refreshing for me to read since I am Hispanic and hardly ever see representation in a lead character from this genre. Overall, I think it’s great if you enjoy thrillers and if you are interested in a fast-paced read about how a DNA database could be crucial in a decades long ongoing case. *I received an advance reader’s copy of this book*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily Rachael

    I was fortunate enough to access this copy pre-release from NetGalley and boyyyyy, am I glad I did! I was truly hooked from chapter 1. This is more psychological than true thriller I would say, which suited me perfect. I loved the style of writing and the short, succinct chapters from the victims, it really left you wanting to know and hear MORE. I will say the main character is super frustrating and you find yourself saying “what the hell are you playing at?!” and I guessed SOME aspects of the e I was fortunate enough to access this copy pre-release from NetGalley and boyyyyy, am I glad I did! I was truly hooked from chapter 1. This is more psychological than true thriller I would say, which suited me perfect. I loved the style of writing and the short, succinct chapters from the victims, it really left you wanting to know and hear MORE. I will say the main character is super frustrating and you find yourself saying “what the hell are you playing at?!” and I guessed SOME aspects of the ending but definitely not to the point where I would call it ‘predictable’ LOVED IT.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Max

    Very creative premise! It feels like more and more people are taking these DNA tests every day, so while the idea of a serial killer being tracked through your family tree sounds far-fetched - could this advancement in technology make these situations uniquely possible? I especially liked the investigation focus of this novel, which was surprising because that's usually my least favorite part. The forensics and few science bits we got were really interesting and worked for an investigation that Very creative premise! It feels like more and more people are taking these DNA tests every day, so while the idea of a serial killer being tracked through your family tree sounds far-fetched - could this advancement in technology make these situations uniquely possible? I especially liked the investigation focus of this novel, which was surprising because that's usually my least favorite part. The forensics and few science bits we got were really interesting and worked for an investigation that was focused years in the past. One thing that I wish would be more of a line-up of suspects, I think a few more characters added into the mix could add even MORE suspense. So for the whodunit aspect this lacked a little bit more for me, but still didn't take away my full enjoyment. Thank you Avon Books and Netgalley!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeneva Rose

    The Family Tree is a fresh, inventive take on the thriller genre. Brilliant and deliciously dark, it'll keep you enthralled until the very last page. The Family Tree is a fresh, inventive take on the thriller genre. Brilliant and deliciously dark, it'll keep you enthralled until the very last page.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen Frost

    Utterly captivating, dark and twisted an excellent read that I couldn’t bear to put down. The idea behind it is stunning, current and ingenious, that a killer is tracked down due to a genealogical DNA testing result. We follow the highs and lows of the main character, discovering all is not what it seemed with her current family, the excitement of discovering her real roots and ‘new’ family members to bond with and then the horror of the family secrets she might really discover. The narrative is Utterly captivating, dark and twisted an excellent read that I couldn’t bear to put down. The idea behind it is stunning, current and ingenious, that a killer is tracked down due to a genealogical DNA testing result. We follow the highs and lows of the main character, discovering all is not what it seemed with her current family, the excitement of discovering her real roots and ‘new’ family members to bond with and then the horror of the family secrets she might really discover. The narrative is believable, terrifying and edgy and there are red herrings along the way. I loved the ending, if indeed it is the ending, much as it was chilling.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annalisa

    This book is very creepy. When Liz went searching for her birth family, she never thought it would rock her world. I was quite terrified by the circumstances in this book. It disturbs me on so many levels. That being said, I was also strangely fascinated by how smart the serial killer really is and how he avoided capture. I could not put this book down. I was drawn to the story. I finished this book in a weekend. If you like disturbing crime than this is the book for you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books Uk for the arc of The Family Tree by Steph Mullin And Nicole Mabry. 5 star read- This has a very interesting premise and plot to it and something in which I haven't seen in a book before. This follows and goes on about DNA databases and ancestry, to find a serial killer, it circulates between Liz's POV and the serial killers POV. This was such a page turning, gripping book had me on edge of my seat. Highly Recommend 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books Uk for the arc of The Family Tree by Steph Mullin And Nicole Mabry. 5 star read- This has a very interesting premise and plot to it and something in which I haven't seen in a book before. This follows and goes on about DNA databases and ancestry, to find a serial killer, it circulates between Liz's POV and the serial killers POV. This was such a page turning, gripping book had me on edge of my seat. Highly Recommend 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adele Langhorne

    Oh wow, what a cool, unique concept! I am now a fan of alternating chapters. As a true crime lover, I was on the edge of my seat when the golden state killer was captured. This book encapsulated every feeling I had at that time. The characters were well developed. Twists and turns galore. Hope these two are working on another book soon!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Juliana

    I’m not sure wtf that other reviewer is talking about. But the family tree had me hooked from the very first line. The characters were relatable and not some Mary-sue. The victims chapters had me turning on the lights in my own hallway. They were intense, but I couldn’t stop reading. I’m usually extremely picky about what I read and I’ll usually drop books early on if there bad. This was not one of them! I couldn’t put it down! ( I got this as an advanced readers copy for an honest review)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Totten

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating adventure! The ending is just WOW. I don’t want to give too much away but it was absolutely enthralling from start to finish - I honestly couldn’t put it down. The main character was easy to connect with and the chapters from the killers point of view are chilling. Really enjoyed the attention to detail that paints the picture of the time and culture of when these crimes occur. The authors paint such a colorful picture that it almost feels like watching a mo I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating adventure! The ending is just WOW. I don’t want to give too much away but it was absolutely enthralling from start to finish - I honestly couldn’t put it down. The main character was easy to connect with and the chapters from the killers point of view are chilling. Really enjoyed the attention to detail that paints the picture of the time and culture of when these crimes occur. The authors paint such a colorful picture that it almost feels like watching a movie in my mind while reading. It really puts the reader right into the action which is what creates such beautiful suspense.

  15. 4 out of 5

    caroline

    When I got this book I just had to drop everything and read it. It was really really good and did not disappoint. The premise is really interesting - I remember a podcast re something like this recently. I loved the narrative device used it was very different. These authors are definitely on my list now to watch out for. It was so gripping that I read it all in one session. I was given an advance copy by Avon and netgalley but the review is entirely my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Liz Catalano is shocked when an ancestry DNA kit reveals she is adopted. But she could never have imagined connecting with her unknown family would plunge her into an FBI investigation of a notorious serial killer. The Tri-State killer has been abducting pairs of women for forty years leaving no clues behind - only bodies. Can Liz figure out who the new killer in her new family is? Liz Catalano gets an ancestry DNA kit from her cousin. When the results come back, Liz discovers that she was adopte Liz Catalano is shocked when an ancestry DNA kit reveals she is adopted. But she could never have imagined connecting with her unknown family would plunge her into an FBI investigation of a notorious serial killer. The Tri-State killer has been abducting pairs of women for forty years leaving no clues behind - only bodies. Can Liz figure out who the new killer in her new family is? Liz Catalano gets an ancestry DNA kit from her cousin. When the results come back, Liz discovers that she was adopted as a baby. She wants to find out all about her biological family, but she won't like what she finds out. Then the FBI turn up at her door to tell her someone in her DNA family is linked to a serial killer. This is why I wouldn't do a DNA test in case I didn't like what I found out. This turns out to be quite a dark read. The pace is steady and the plotline is gripping. The story is told from Liz and the serial killers points of view. This is an interesting read that held my attention throughout. I would like to thank #NetGalley #AvonBooksUk and the author #StephMullin for my ARC of #TheFamilyTree in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Kriger

    This book is terrific!! I was drawn to the concept and I especially like the tag line. My intention was to read a few pages to just get the gist and flavor of the book. I usually prefer warming up to a book. However, this book was so intriguing I read the entire thing in one sitting!!! It is fast-paced, as well as disturbing. The premise and delivery are totally believable, which adds to the discomfort. The details provided support the action and believability. The characters are well developed, This book is terrific!! I was drawn to the concept and I especially like the tag line. My intention was to read a few pages to just get the gist and flavor of the book. I usually prefer warming up to a book. However, this book was so intriguing I read the entire thing in one sitting!!! It is fast-paced, as well as disturbing. The premise and delivery are totally believable, which adds to the discomfort. The details provided support the action and believability. The characters are well developed, making me feel as if I know them and can sense their terror. The main character, who is trying to solve the mystery, is intelligent and passionate. While the structure of the book is unusual, it is written in a way that allows for a very interesting, comfortable rhythm. It is truly gripping and brilliant. I highly recommend this book. I can’t imagine that the reviewer who only gave it one star read the same book I did.

  18. 4 out of 5

    SonnyJack

    My girlfriend got an advanced copy of this and suggested I read it too because she liked it so much. She was right, (again)! This book is so cleverly formatted with alternating chapters done in a unique way I haven't seen before. The tension and suspense kept ramping up, punctuated with intense emotion and sometimes humor. The plot was exceptional, I didn't figure out who the killer was. I followed the Golden State Killer case closely so this one intrigued me from the get go. If I could give it My girlfriend got an advanced copy of this and suggested I read it too because she liked it so much. She was right, (again)! This book is so cleverly formatted with alternating chapters done in a unique way I haven't seen before. The tension and suspense kept ramping up, punctuated with intense emotion and sometimes humor. The plot was exceptional, I didn't figure out who the killer was. I followed the Golden State Killer case closely so this one intrigued me from the get go. If I could give it more stars I would.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    When Liz takes a dna test, the results shock her and her cousin, Andie. Liz learns there is a family link to a serial killer which leads her to an ongoing fbi investigation. Is Liz putting her own life on the line. This was such a great read. I enjoyed having the two chapter points of view which really gripped without going into anything too horrific. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reva B.

    Got this on Netgalley for an honest review. Not sure what book the other reviewer was reading but this was written beautifully and paced well. The suspense ramps up at the end and I could not put this down! Unputdownable!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    The Family Tree is a contemporary serial killer thriller about the shock of discovering you have a serial killer in your immediate family. 27-year-old Liz Catalano is in shock when a DNA test she purchased for her birthday from 23andMe reveals that she had been adopted. Along with her cousin and best friend Andie Catalano, she decides to look for relatives of her biological parents. But then FBI agents show up at her door. Her DNA shows similarities with that of a serial killer who has not been The Family Tree is a contemporary serial killer thriller about the shock of discovering you have a serial killer in your immediate family. 27-year-old Liz Catalano is in shock when a DNA test she purchased for her birthday from 23andMe reveals that she had been adopted. Along with her cousin and best friend Andie Catalano, she decides to look for relatives of her biological parents. But then FBI agents show up at her door. Her DNA shows similarities with that of a serial killer who has not been caught to this day. The Tri-State Killer is elusive: for forty years he's gotten away with kidnapping and murdering young women. He leaves no trace at the crime scenes, leaving the police completely in the dark. Liz decides to investigate on her own, revealing not only a family secret but also arousing the attention of the Tri-State Killer himself. Is it a dangerous quest with a gruesome ending or does Liz catch an unfathomable serial killer where the police couldn't? This is both a suspenseful “ripped-from-the-headlines” story as well as a moving and sometimes humorous, picture of the intricacies of family and self-identity. It touches upon the popularity of genealogy testing and the effect that its evolution has had on crime investigations. It's compulsive and absorbing with a perilous mystery and enigmatic killer at its heart and Liz had no idea how much her life would change after carrying out a simple DNA test. It features a unique format where chapters alternate between present day with our protagonist, Liz Catalano, and short chapters diving into the mysterious active serial killer’s routine with his victims over a 40-year period. In the end, both timelines converge to reveal the killer’s identity, motives, and his relationship to Liz. This is fast-paced, exciting and thoroughly twisty entertainment. Highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, and this book did not disappoint! .  Imagine finding out you're adopted by doing a 23andMe test, and then having that test lead to finding out you're related to one of the most notorious and unidentified Serial Killers in your area.  This is what happens to Liz Catalano, when she is gifted a test by her cousin Andie.  Liz deals with a number of startli Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, and this book did not disappoint! .  Imagine finding out you're adopted by doing a 23andMe test, and then having that test lead to finding out you're related to one of the most notorious and unidentified Serial Killers in your area.  This is what happens to Liz Catalano, when she is gifted a test by her cousin Andie.  Liz deals with a number of startling revelations and betrayals by deciding to face them all head on, and help identify the killer.  I really enjoyed this story for so many reasons.  The plot was twisty and unusual with a satisfying ending.  Liz, her cousin Andie and her family were thoughtful and respectful people who worked together to heal when family secrets lead Liz to feel betrayed.  Most importantly, I really appreciated how the victims of the killer, are humanized and thoughtfully portrayed.  So often in books with serial killer villains, the killer is glamorized and the victims largely forgotten, and I like how the authors took their story in a different direction.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com As a birthday present from her cousin and housemate Andie, Liz receives a 23AndMe DNA kit. When checking her results she discovers that her genetics seem to be different from her cousin’s and that there is no mention of her Italian heritage. Confused she rings her mum who tells her that she and her father need to explain something they have kept from her. Liz was adopted as a baby. Deciding that she wants to find out more about her adoptive family she sha Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com As a birthday present from her cousin and housemate Andie, Liz receives a 23AndMe DNA kit. When checking her results she discovers that her genetics seem to be different from her cousin’s and that there is no mention of her Italian heritage. Confused she rings her mum who tells her that she and her father need to explain something they have kept from her. Liz was adopted as a baby. Deciding that she wants to find out more about her adoptive family she shares her results to see if there are any DNA matches without much success. She then is advised to upload her DNA details onto a site called GEDMatch where she can check for any matches across all genetic DNA sites. There was a tick box on the joining form which allows law enforcement to access the DNA. Liz knows that her mother was in prison at the time of her birth so she ticks it. Not long after Liz receives a message from an agent working for the FBI who wants to talk to her about her DNA results and a familial link to a multiple homicide case they have been working on. The Family Tree is an absorbing and gripping tale of one woman who by checking her DNA for her heritage not only discovers devastating information about her life but also frightening information that someone she is related to is a serial killer. The serial killer has been killing for over forty years, choosing two women at a time and killing every two years. I loved that the book had chapters from each of the double murders and shows you exactly how the killer abducted his victims and the victim’s thoughts and feelings. This was something I hadn’t come across in a novel before. Whilst I rushed through the book, reading it in a couple of days, and thoroughly enjoyed the exciting plot, I can’t say I liked Liz much. Her attitude towards her parents that had raised her since being a baby was atrocious. I understand she was hurt for not being told she was adopted but she went over the top and was quite whinny too which made her feel a lot younger than she was. The story is quite intense and dark at times. I loved the uniqueness of it and the twisty thrill of trying to fathom out who the ‘Tri-State Killer’ could be. If you are looking for a thriller that stands out from the norm, this would be the one to read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Crane

    The Family Tree offers a delightfully fresh concept as Liz discovers she's adopted and decides to dig into her ancestry. But when it leads back to a serial killer in her familial line, she's faced with a dire choice after she reaches out to her new family. Are they the infamous killer? Is it safe to keep searching for answers? Packed with a fresh plot and page-turning pacing, you’ll have a chilling new perspective of DNA matching after reading The Family Tree. From the first page I was hooked as The Family Tree offers a delightfully fresh concept as Liz discovers she's adopted and decides to dig into her ancestry. But when it leads back to a serial killer in her familial line, she's faced with a dire choice after she reaches out to her new family. Are they the infamous killer? Is it safe to keep searching for answers? Packed with a fresh plot and page-turning pacing, you’ll have a chilling new perspective of DNA matching after reading The Family Tree. From the first page I was hooked as it ventures into the worst-case scenario of an ancestry search…right into the arms of a serial killer. One word captures it all: unputdownable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Staceywh_17

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was brilliant! I couldn't put it down, it was a fast paced, page turner. First book I've read by these authors, but most definitely not my last. I love books that have several POV set in past & present as you can get a clearer picture of what's happening & why. I haven't unearthed anything like this in my family tree yet, but can you imagine finding out you were an adopted child & you now had to work closely with the FBI as it seems one of your new found relatives is the Tri-state Killer 😱 Ma This was brilliant! I couldn't put it down, it was a fast paced, page turner. First book I've read by these authors, but most definitely not my last. I love books that have several POV set in past & present as you can get a clearer picture of what's happening & why. I haven't unearthed anything like this in my family tree yet, but can you imagine finding out you were an adopted child & you now had to work closely with the FBI as it seems one of your new found relatives is the Tri-state Killer 😱 Many thanks to Netgalley for my ARC in return for my honest review 𝗜 𝗴𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮 5 ⭐ 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴

  26. 5 out of 5

    M. Reads Books and Fics

    Definitely a book that made me think. Imagine finding out your family tree is not what you thought and there is a killer in the family. That is a reality in the world we live in today, and the basis of this story. It was definitely a wild ride with lots of twists and turns. Once I began this book, I found it impossible to put down and deeply mesmerized by how the story was going to play out. It even made me wonder about what my own family could have in secrets! This is a fantastic read which will Definitely a book that made me think. Imagine finding out your family tree is not what you thought and there is a killer in the family. That is a reality in the world we live in today, and the basis of this story. It was definitely a wild ride with lots of twists and turns. Once I began this book, I found it impossible to put down and deeply mesmerized by how the story was going to play out. It even made me wonder about what my own family could have in secrets! This is a fantastic read which will leave you creeped out and curious at the same time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    Liz is shocked to receive her DNA results and finds out that she is adopted. She feels that her family have been lying to her all her life. She sets out to find her birth parents using her DNA matches. This puts Liz in a dangerous situation. I enjoyed this book and read it in one day. Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Wow! Just wow! This book took me on one hell of a ride and I thoroughly loved every second of its dark and twisty pages! “The DNA results are back. And there’s a serial killer in her family tree..” The blurb to the book immediately grabbed my attention, as well as the bold red cover. When Liz Catalano, 28, sends off her DNA through a gifted genealogical ancestry kit (23 and me), not only does she discover she’s adopted but as she begins to investigate her biological family and background, she end Wow! Just wow! This book took me on one hell of a ride and I thoroughly loved every second of its dark and twisty pages! “The DNA results are back. And there’s a serial killer in her family tree..” The blurb to the book immediately grabbed my attention, as well as the bold red cover. When Liz Catalano, 28, sends off her DNA through a gifted genealogical ancestry kit (23 and me), not only does she discover she’s adopted but as she begins to investigate her biological family and background, she ends up thrust into an FBI INVESTIGATION of the notorious Tri-State Killer! Who has left a trail of bodies in his wake spanning over 40 years?! Mind-blowing or what?! I really liked how this book was set out. It is told in Lizs narrative BUT the chapters are separated by the individual abduction/crimes from the victims, working through in chronological order, each time revealing a little bit more about the possible identity of the Tri-State Killer before returning to the present and Liz’s emotional whirlwinds, revelations and discoveries. It think this worked brilliantly throughout the book and have it an dark, compelling feel the further you delve into it. Its got a good pace to it and for me, I found it difficult to put down, I just didn’t want to stop reading! In fact, I finished the last 50% in one sitting. The serial killer plot itself is great! The authors have clearly researched the characters well, particularly of the authoritative roles in the story. Liz’s character development from beginning to end, clearly portrays the emotional whirlwind she’s going through as she learns more and more, and you can really feeling that inner turmoil as she begins to question the innocence of her new blood relatives. How the story played out in my head was a bit like a tv series, with each victims chapter and Liz’s follow up, playing out like episodes but while still working and flowing into each other as the story progressed. It was great! It’s full of twists and turns, and some shocking revelations as the truth finally comes to light! I was not expecting that, I was so certain I had it sussed! THEN that last chapter!! Well, that threw me, I was convinced the boy was going to be someone else (I won’t mention who I thought as I am trying my hardest not to give any spoilers away but if you read the book, I think you will share my thoughts on who I’d predicted it to be). Overall, this was a great read! I love crime thrillers and this book was that and then some! If you are like me and enjoy Netflix crime documentaries, plus a dark, twisty story full of surprises, then this is the book is for you! ** I received an advanced copy of this ebook to read and review. Thank you NetGalley, the authors and publisher for allowing me this opportunity **

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    Thank you to Avon for providing me with a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review! After receiving an ancestry DNA kit as a gift from her cousin, Liz discovers her parents are not her biological parents and she was adopted as a baby. On a search to find out as much as she can about her biological family, she finds more than she bargained for, when the FBI turns up on her doorstop, telling her someone’s DNA in her family is linked to a serial killer case. This book was su Thank you to Avon for providing me with a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review! After receiving an ancestry DNA kit as a gift from her cousin, Liz discovers her parents are not her biological parents and she was adopted as a baby. On a search to find out as much as she can about her biological family, she finds more than she bargained for, when the FBI turns up on her doorstop, telling her someone’s DNA in her family is linked to a serial killer case. This book was such a unique concept and I loved it! Liz, although she often rushed into situations she really shouldn’t have, was an interesting and multifaceted character. The mystery was so well done and I was guessing (incorrectly) at the outcome all the way through. The story was told from several points of view – Liz’s, the Tri-State Serial killer and each of his victims. The victim accounts really added to the feeling of urgency throughout the story. A dark, twisted and intense murder mystery with a twist, I would highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys this genre!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Liz Catalino lives with her cousin Andie. So, when she buys her a present of a DNA ancestry kit from 23&me website, she gets more than she bargains for. As she does a search, she finds out that she is adopted. She is angry at first at her parents that they never told her after all these years. Which spurs her on to find out who her biological parents are. The only finds results for a grand uncle and aunt and agrees to meet them to find out about her mother and the rest of her family. When she mee Liz Catalino lives with her cousin Andie. So, when she buys her a present of a DNA ancestry kit from 23&me website, she gets more than she bargains for. As she does a search, she finds out that she is adopted. She is angry at first at her parents that they never told her after all these years. Which spurs her on to find out who her biological parents are. The only finds results for a grand uncle and aunt and agrees to meet them to find out about her mother and the rest of her family. When she meets her Grand uncle, he tells her about her mother but unfortunately her father wasn’t on the scene and also wants to find out more if there are any other relatives she is yet to meet. Liz also wants to build relationship with her uncle. The first meeting goes well and agrees to meet again soon. When she gets home, she is contacted by the FBI to say that her details have come up and that she may be related to the Tri-State killer. Her whole world is suddenly turned upside down. Is her Grand Uncle the Tri-State Killer? Naive woman that she is. She must find out whether she can carry in her relationship with her new family or are they the Killer that the FBI is trying to catch? Thank you, Avon, for a copy of ‘The Family tree’. I have read a lot of crime novel about serial killers but, I found this to be a new fresh intake of a thriller. I found it quite intriguing, and I liked how the chapters alternated between Liz’s story and the killers’ activities. I did find the main protagonist was quite naive in thinking that she can put herself in harms way and there wouldn’t be any consequences. 4 stars from me.

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