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A toxic family, An inheritance, And a deep dark secret. Rachel and her husband Gabriel are living the dream in an old stone farmhouse in south west France. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, life is bucolic bliss, or would be if it weren't for threats from Rachel's vindictive brother, Truck, whom she hasn’t seen since their father’s funeral when Truck warned her he A toxic family, An inheritance, And a deep dark secret. Rachel and her husband Gabriel are living the dream in an old stone farmhouse in south west France. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, life is bucolic bliss, or would be if it weren't for threats from Rachel's vindictive brother, Truck, whom she hasn’t seen since their father’s funeral when Truck warned her he might kill her. Rachel, Truck, and their two sisters have recently finished sorting out their inheritance from their late parents. Grudges, jealousy and suspicion all raise their gargoyle heads, and when Truck discovers Rachel’s address and threatens to visit her 'grand-arse house and all it contains,’ she’s convinced she might end up dead. What early readers are saying: ‘Genuinely surprising twists.’ – Kirkus reviews ‘Smart, suspenseful and darkly comedic! Sparkling characters! A beautifully-written page-turner for fans of Liane Moriarty and Cynthia Sweeney 's The Nest'– Bestselling author, M.M. DeLuca ‘An edgy, unputdownable page turner, tightly plotted to the last page. Such an original storyline, I loved every word.’ – #1 Amazon bestselling author, Freida McFadden ‘An inventive tale with a sly touch of dark humour, Stealing Foxy is a twisty domestic noir about dysfunctional family dynamics and its fatal consequences. I was sucked right in and couldn’t stop reading.’ – 5-star reader review ‘Isabella Bright’s beautifully written debut builds suspense steadily, but before you know it you’re on a twisty roller coaster with unexpected turns at every corner.’ – The Literary Lovers ‘Dark and gripping with intriguing, fleshed-out characters. If you like TV shows about complex sibling relationships, like Bloodline, and Succession, and the acidic humor of Gillian Flynn, you’ll love Stealing Foxy.’ – 5-star reader review ‘An atmospheric novel set in the deep French countryside. What starts as a chilling family drama brimming with tension escalates into an action-packed caper full of clever surprises.’ – Becca’s Book Reviews ‘Loved this brilliant book! Girl A meets How to Kill Your Family.’ – 5-star reader review ‘Original, unpredictable, and with a fascinating premise. The characters – even the dog – are so masterfully drawn, each distinct, and the plot is so unusual I read this in one sitting.’ - 5-star reader review ‘A suspenseful novel about dark family dynamics, with a wonderful sense of place and plenty of unexpected twists to keep you turning pages.’  - 5-star reader review ‘Captivating. Unique. Darkly funny. I’ve never read a book like Stealing Foxy.’ – 5-star reader review


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A toxic family, An inheritance, And a deep dark secret. Rachel and her husband Gabriel are living the dream in an old stone farmhouse in south west France. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, life is bucolic bliss, or would be if it weren't for threats from Rachel's vindictive brother, Truck, whom she hasn’t seen since their father’s funeral when Truck warned her he A toxic family, An inheritance, And a deep dark secret. Rachel and her husband Gabriel are living the dream in an old stone farmhouse in south west France. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, life is bucolic bliss, or would be if it weren't for threats from Rachel's vindictive brother, Truck, whom she hasn’t seen since their father’s funeral when Truck warned her he might kill her. Rachel, Truck, and their two sisters have recently finished sorting out their inheritance from their late parents. Grudges, jealousy and suspicion all raise their gargoyle heads, and when Truck discovers Rachel’s address and threatens to visit her 'grand-arse house and all it contains,’ she’s convinced she might end up dead. What early readers are saying: ‘Genuinely surprising twists.’ – Kirkus reviews ‘Smart, suspenseful and darkly comedic! Sparkling characters! A beautifully-written page-turner for fans of Liane Moriarty and Cynthia Sweeney 's The Nest'– Bestselling author, M.M. DeLuca ‘An edgy, unputdownable page turner, tightly plotted to the last page. Such an original storyline, I loved every word.’ – #1 Amazon bestselling author, Freida McFadden ‘An inventive tale with a sly touch of dark humour, Stealing Foxy is a twisty domestic noir about dysfunctional family dynamics and its fatal consequences. I was sucked right in and couldn’t stop reading.’ – 5-star reader review ‘Isabella Bright’s beautifully written debut builds suspense steadily, but before you know it you’re on a twisty roller coaster with unexpected turns at every corner.’ – The Literary Lovers ‘Dark and gripping with intriguing, fleshed-out characters. If you like TV shows about complex sibling relationships, like Bloodline, and Succession, and the acidic humor of Gillian Flynn, you’ll love Stealing Foxy.’ – 5-star reader review ‘An atmospheric novel set in the deep French countryside. What starts as a chilling family drama brimming with tension escalates into an action-packed caper full of clever surprises.’ – Becca’s Book Reviews ‘Loved this brilliant book! Girl A meets How to Kill Your Family.’ – 5-star reader review ‘Original, unpredictable, and with a fascinating premise. The characters – even the dog – are so masterfully drawn, each distinct, and the plot is so unusual I read this in one sitting.’ - 5-star reader review ‘A suspenseful novel about dark family dynamics, with a wonderful sense of place and plenty of unexpected twists to keep you turning pages.’  - 5-star reader review ‘Captivating. Unique. Darkly funny. I’ve never read a book like Stealing Foxy.’ – 5-star reader review

30 review for Stealing Foxy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle B

    Rachel is living her best life with her husband Gabriel in an old farmhouse in France. Life was perfect until her brother, Truck, threatened her at their father’s funeral. Now that Rachel, Truck, and their 2 sisters have recently finished settling their father’s estate, all of the demons are coming out in the form of grudges, jealousy, lies, etc. Rachel gets very concerned when Truck discovers her address and threatens to pay her a visit. STEALING FOXY is packed with some good old family drama an Rachel is living her best life with her husband Gabriel in an old farmhouse in France. Life was perfect until her brother, Truck, threatened her at their father’s funeral. Now that Rachel, Truck, and their 2 sisters have recently finished settling their father’s estate, all of the demons are coming out in the form of grudges, jealousy, lies, etc. Rachel gets very concerned when Truck discovers her address and threatens to pay her a visit. STEALING FOXY is packed with some good old family drama and some dark humor moments as well. I felt it was an original story and I always appreciate the multiple points of view. It is great to hear both sides of the story! You can expect a quick and easy read, with nice short chapters that get to the point and keep the pace fast. Many thanks to NetGalley and Isabella Bright for my ARC in exchange for my honest review. This review will be posted to my Instagram Blog (@coffee.break.book.reviews) in the near future.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Thérèse

    Debut author, Isabella Bright, explores the complexities of a conflicted family relationship in Stealing Foxy, and what a page-turner! I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s style of writing. As she’s told the story from a third-person omniscient perspective, the reader gets a bird’s eye view of her characters' thoughts and feelings. Cracking the psychological impact inheritance can cause, I learned what some of her characters had done or ignored and what they were capable of doing. Bright quickly Debut author, Isabella Bright, explores the complexities of a conflicted family relationship in Stealing Foxy, and what a page-turner! I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s style of writing. As she’s told the story from a third-person omniscient perspective, the reader gets a bird’s eye view of her characters' thoughts and feelings. Cracking the psychological impact inheritance can cause, I learned what some of her characters had done or ignored and what they were capable of doing. Bright quickly aroused my imagination whilst describing the French countryside and a run-down albeit beautiful house where the story is set. We meet Rachel and her adorable French husband. I fell hard for Gabriel when he showed me his undying love and respect for his wife and his delightful English accent—that sold me. I loved the snippets of his native tongue cleverly woven into sentences, the author always making sure he’s well-understood. Of course, it’s not all about their daily worries, putting their house in order and how they’d finance what appears to be an overwhelming job. When their story progressed, I found out why there was so much sibling animosity. Or did I? It’s a tad convoluted; however, the way Bright led me down the garden path was nothing less than brilliant. At times she had me holding my breath—never will I look at something as simple as a dish the same way! Sounds like something out of a movie, doesn’t it? It certainly seemed to play out that way. The brother Truck is dislikable, but his inner thoughts and expletives amused me. Yeap, dark humour abounds. The question is whether or not he’ll have his comeupance. The sisters. Gosh! You know when you want to give someone a good talking to, that was me! Lol, that or give my ebook a good bashing! I liked Rachel a lot. She’s got her heart in the right place, and like me, is an incorrigible dog lover. I didn’t always agree with her choices and often put my hands on my head, but what a team she and her quite a bit younger hubby makes. If there's one twist, another’s fast on its heels. And it’s not until nearly the end that I thought I’d put two and two together. I have to mention the title and cover before closing. Okay, you all know I’m a cover snob, but naming the book Stealing Foxy couldn’t have been better thought out. Lovers of intrigue, fast-paced suspense, weirdish characters and non-stop family drama, don’t hesitate to one-click. Simply bravo, Bright!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nelle L'Amour

    This intriguing, smartly written book by debut author Isabella Bright, is a fun, gripping page-turner that takes the reader on a colorful and suspenseful romp through the French countryside. The road is bumpy, and there are many unexpected twists and turns along the way as Gabriel races to save his wife's life. I especially loved the final twist and look forward to reading more books by this gifted new author. Highly recommend! This intriguing, smartly written book by debut author Isabella Bright, is a fun, gripping page-turner that takes the reader on a colorful and suspenseful romp through the French countryside. The road is bumpy, and there are many unexpected twists and turns along the way as Gabriel races to save his wife's life. I especially loved the final twist and look forward to reading more books by this gifted new author. Highly recommend!

  4. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    I was grabbed from the first sentence to the end. A young couple starts a new life away from the city temptations and their toxic families. In the beautiful French countryside, not everything is so quiet as it looks like. A turn of unexpected events will change that in a matter of moments. Gabriel is fighting with everything that comes on his way to his wife’s life. In his haste to find her, everything comes down to his new dog. If it wasn't for Foxy, none of these have happened. Slowly, burden s I was grabbed from the first sentence to the end. A young couple starts a new life away from the city temptations and their toxic families. In the beautiful French countryside, not everything is so quiet as it looks like. A turn of unexpected events will change that in a matter of moments. Gabriel is fighting with everything that comes on his way to his wife’s life. In his haste to find her, everything comes down to his new dog. If it wasn't for Foxy, none of these have happened. Slowly, burden secrets are coming out to light. There are quite a few turns I haven't seen coming my way, and the hospital scenes kept me guessing even more. It really made me question about why would her husband do everything for her the way he did and not even a second will he stop and think that this is not right. I think this part is stuck with me forever. Her sister was an interesting character and the final twist was perfect to set this story as a must read suspense. 🆓📖Very grateful to the author for my review copy

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carey Baldwin

    This author has such an amazing voice and an undeniable ability to draw you inside her fictional world. I felt as though I was in the French countryside, experiencing a very different way of life, as the author painted a picture for me with her words. With each layer of the story, and each new character voice, the tale became darker, and the family was revealed to be more and more dysfunctional. My heart broke for the siblings as they each attempted to interpret their abusive past and cope with This author has such an amazing voice and an undeniable ability to draw you inside her fictional world. I felt as though I was in the French countryside, experiencing a very different way of life, as the author painted a picture for me with her words. With each layer of the story, and each new character voice, the tale became darker, and the family was revealed to be more and more dysfunctional. My heart broke for the siblings as they each attempted to interpret their abusive past and cope with that in their own way. Along with the main character, I felt the dual pull of needing to protect herself, while, at the same moment, caring deeply about the very person who threatened her. Stealing Foxy is a dark and deeply emotional read from a brilliant writer that will keep you thinking about the characters long after you close the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Courtney (caffeinereadrepeat)

    Canoodling Cannolis!! 😳😯🤯😳🤯🤯 This is a debut novel by a new author - and I was all over it! It's quirky, original, dark & great humour that hooks you in & keeps you interested. It's never ending darkness, twists, & of course thrills galore! I enjoyed the unique take of something I haven't read before for a thriller & murder. Whenever a family of siblings are dealing with an inheritance you KNOW it's gonna be good & Bright gives it an excellent twist with her writing. Rachel & Gabriel live in a nee Canoodling Cannolis!! 😳😯🤯😳🤯🤯 This is a debut novel by a new author - and I was all over it! It's quirky, original, dark & great humour that hooks you in & keeps you interested. It's never ending darkness, twists, & of course thrills galore! I enjoyed the unique take of something I haven't read before for a thriller & murder. Whenever a family of siblings are dealing with an inheritance you KNOW it's gonna be good & Bright gives it an excellent twist with her writing. Rachel & Gabriel live in a needs-work farm house in France. They're living the dream they've always wanted with unique, gorgeous scenery. However, Rachel's family is anything but that. Since the passing of her family's father the year before, things have been hostile, to say the least, with her siblings and especially her brother, Truck, who has been issuing threats. But even after the inheritance has been settled, sibling rivalries, jealousy and revenge seem to be stronger than ever amongst them. Rachel has done her best to cut ties & "hide" but Truck has been nothing less than determined... and he's found out just where Rachel and her husband are. I absolutely adored this book! For a debut novel, it was fun, intriguing, entertainingly endless & some heart stopping moments! The characters were captivating, as if Bright was writing from experience they felt so real. This book takes a turn from suspense and thriller into chalk full action as it progresses and you can't put it down! The ending was excellent. I can't wait to read more by this author! Thank you to NetGalley & Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op for this DARC. Release Date: May 04, 2022 I give this 4 / 5 Bouquets! 💐

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dianna (diannareadsnwrites)

    This book is amazing! I love a good thriller. Rachel and her husband live in France and they are both struggling after sinking everything into their home in rural France. Rachel’s family are twisted and toxic people. She didn’t have a great start to her life, or a great childhood because of her brother. One day Rachel finds a beautiful dog and rescues him. I loved how protective that dog was of Rachel and her husband. Something happens along the way and Rachel and her husband go down a long jour This book is amazing! I love a good thriller. Rachel and her husband live in France and they are both struggling after sinking everything into their home in rural France. Rachel’s family are twisted and toxic people. She didn’t have a great start to her life, or a great childhood because of her brother. One day Rachel finds a beautiful dog and rescues him. I loved how protective that dog was of Rachel and her husband. Something happens along the way and Rachel and her husband go down a long journey that feels like forever, but is only a few days. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, bam! Twist! And again and again. I really enjoyed it. I really love when a good thriller makes me guess. This book is told in third person and there are several POV, however it is very easy to follow along! It’s just a wild ride and I loved it so much! The ending was perfection. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. Thank you so much netgalley for the advanced copy! #StealingFoxyDebutAuthorIsabellaBrightSuspenseDomesticNoirSiblingRivalry #NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    BrummieGirl

    Wow! Stealing Foxy was an entertaining gem to read. It had its tense moments, heartbreaking moments and lashings of dark humour. Each character shone as the story developed. I loved the old man in the car and everything he brought to the plot. As for Rachel and Gabriel, I easily connected with them. The setting in which the story was told painted a stunning picture in my mind. This idyllic French house in need of sprucing up tantalised my senses. It was like I could feel the breeze on the sunflo Wow! Stealing Foxy was an entertaining gem to read. It had its tense moments, heartbreaking moments and lashings of dark humour. Each character shone as the story developed. I loved the old man in the car and everything he brought to the plot. As for Rachel and Gabriel, I easily connected with them. The setting in which the story was told painted a stunning picture in my mind. This idyllic French house in need of sprucing up tantalised my senses. It was like I could feel the breeze on the sunflowers. And Foxy, aww! Saying no more. There were a few moments when the words, ‘what the hell?’ slipped into my mind. I couldn’t see how everything was going to get resolved which sent my pulse racing. ‘Stealing Foxy’ is fabulous and fun. It’s darkly delightful and a must read. A definite recommendation from me!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tami czenkus

    Isabella Bright's debut novel is inventive and unique and had me on the edge on my seat throughout the entire story. Rachel and her husband Gabriel live a pretty uneventful life, unless you factor in her dysfunctional family which include her 2 sisters and a very vindictive evil minded narcissist of a brother Truck. There are so many twists and turns to this story I thought I had everything figured out then... BAM another twist. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this story but I was p Isabella Bright's debut novel is inventive and unique and had me on the edge on my seat throughout the entire story. Rachel and her husband Gabriel live a pretty uneventful life, unless you factor in her dysfunctional family which include her 2 sisters and a very vindictive evil minded narcissist of a brother Truck. There are so many twists and turns to this story I thought I had everything figured out then... BAM another twist. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this story but I was pleasantly surprised when I did finish it and everything fell into place!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    M.M. DeLuca

    A character-driven, darkly comedic suspense novel, this beautifully-written page-turner would appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Cynthia Sweeney 's The Nest.' The author richly evokes the gorgeous French countryside, which provides a unique setting for this twisty caper that features an adorable and extremely loyal dog, and an extremely dysfunctional set of siblings in conflict over an inheritance. This is a fresh take on the suspense genre, with its amazing sense of detail that brings the cha A character-driven, darkly comedic suspense novel, this beautifully-written page-turner would appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Cynthia Sweeney 's The Nest.' The author richly evokes the gorgeous French countryside, which provides a unique setting for this twisty caper that features an adorable and extremely loyal dog, and an extremely dysfunctional set of siblings in conflict over an inheritance. This is a fresh take on the suspense genre, with its amazing sense of detail that brings the characters and the countryside to life. Full of unpredictable twists and turns, this glorious romp is a very refreshing must-read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (aka jsybookworm)

    This was a good read, quite dark and crazy in places but definitely addictive and a page turner for sure. Great debut by Isabella Bright. Rachel and her husband Gabriel live in a run down but beautiful house in the French countryside far far away from Rachel’s toxic family. From a very young age Rachel has always known difficulties in her family. Truck, her brother, was the main protagonist and bullied both Rachel and her two sisters, Priscilla, and Julie, relentlessly. Then when their parents di This was a good read, quite dark and crazy in places but definitely addictive and a page turner for sure. Great debut by Isabella Bright. Rachel and her husband Gabriel live in a run down but beautiful house in the French countryside far far away from Rachel’s toxic family. From a very young age Rachel has always known difficulties in her family. Truck, her brother, was the main protagonist and bullied both Rachel and her two sisters, Priscilla, and Julie, relentlessly. Then when their parents died tensions hit fever pitch when trying to divide the inheritance between the four children. There were various items that Truck thought Rachel had unfairly taken and therefore she became the sole focus of his anger. One day his anger gets the better of him and he suddenly decides to travel to France and pay her a visit to take back the items he felt rightly belonged to him, Julie, and Priscilla, but does Rachel even have what he wants and if so, how will she react with a surprise visit from her older bully of a brother?! I really enjoyed this book, an ordinary couple pulled into the most extraordinary circumstances. The tag line “when sibling rivalry goes a step too far” is perfect for this story. I was hooked quite early on (always good), and I thought the descriptions of the French countryside were so well done, they made me feel like I was really there. Whilst reading, and throughout the story up until the end, I did feel that Rachel and Gabriel were the unluckiest couple I had ever read about. I did enjoy hearing the story from them though, but I also liked hearing from Saffron, Truck’s wife, Julie and Priscilla as I felt it rounded out the characters more. I have no doubt that I will looking for the next book by Isabella Bright as I enjoyed this debut so much. I definitely would recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley, Isabella Bright and Jupiter for my advanced reading copy. Out now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda McCutcheon

    "Rachel tentatively approached the dog...He was large and once majestic despite his weight loss. He looked like a German Shepherd or a Siberian husky-mix, yet was red as a fox, with a gentle glint of love in his brown eyes when he looked up at her...as if he knew that what was to happen next was his rendezvous with destiny." If you start your book was a dog rescue I am all in. Stealing Foxy by clever imaginative author Isabella Bright is a farcical psychological thriller with a emphasis on a high "Rachel tentatively approached the dog...He was large and once majestic despite his weight loss. He looked like a German Shepherd or a Siberian husky-mix, yet was red as a fox, with a gentle glint of love in his brown eyes when he looked up at her...as if he knew that what was to happen next was his rendezvous with destiny." If you start your book was a dog rescue I am all in. Stealing Foxy by clever imaginative author Isabella Bright is a farcical psychological thriller with a emphasis on a highly dysfunctional family that makes the sibling relationships in @hbomax 's Succession look healthy. Rachel and her younger husband Gabriel live a basically idyllic life in a fixer upper French country side farm house. She has just survived years of a bitter fight over her parent's inheritance with her two obnoxious sisters and paranoid cruel brother Truck. She mistakenly thinks its all settled until Truck's threatening emails demanding she hand over certain items that belonged to their parents. She does not have them. He doesn't believe her. He is on his way to take them from her, by force if he has to, but he doesn't know about Foxy, who will protect his human Rachel at all costs. What happens when Truck shows up leads to a crazy farcical romp filled with twisty surprises, dark humorous moments, diabolical family drama and even some murderous tactics. The humans in this tale often behaved untamed but canine Foxy was always tame...until some humans behaved like animals. It's a fun one folks. Enjoy! I received a free copy of this book from the author via #netgalley for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Triggers: family abuse, car accident, hospitalization, abortion (mentioned) Where to start! I was over the moon when the author Isabela Bright messaged me to read and review her novel! It's the first time anyone asks so I took pride and read. First let me point out glad I read it on my Kindle 😅😅 my French needs a lot of work! Second if you're into family oriented novels this should b your next read I love thrillers and mysteries and I couldn't even see that ending coming. Its fast paste and in U Triggers: family abuse, car accident, hospitalization, abortion (mentioned) Where to start! I was over the moon when the author Isabela Bright messaged me to read and review her novel! It's the first time anyone asks so I took pride and read. First let me point out glad I read it on my Kindle 😅😅 my French needs a lot of work! Second if you're into family oriented novels this should b your next read I love thrillers and mysteries and I couldn't even see that ending coming. Its fast paste and in UK format so may be a little confusing but after the first few chapters you'll understand. This book has multiple POV, short chapters an very dog friendly! The family dinamic isn't healthy and each of the siblings has their demons (as do we all) and each character has more of a spot or character reference in this book then most novels. I'd go as far as saying that's how they dealt with the situations in the book. How far someone will go to keep something from coming out. "Love can make you do anything. Guilt will make you do everything." I hit my own trigger reading this but pushed though and very proud!looking forward to seeing this book bloom when it's released.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandie

    Thank you Netgalley and Isabella Bright for my gifted copy! Synopsis: Far away from the toxic relationship with her brother Truck, Rachel has built her dream life with her dream husband in south west france. So when Truck finds out where they live and threatens to pay them a visit and kill Rachel, she's afraid she might end up dead for real. Only she has a protector: Foxy, the giant dog they found... My thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this book! It was an atmospheric slow-burn that was beautif Thank you Netgalley and Isabella Bright for my gifted copy! Synopsis: Far away from the toxic relationship with her brother Truck, Rachel has built her dream life with her dream husband in south west france. So when Truck finds out where they live and threatens to pay them a visit and kill Rachel, she's afraid she might end up dead for real. Only she has a protector: Foxy, the giant dog they found... My thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this book! It was an atmospheric slow-burn that was beautifully written, and reading this book made me feel like I was in France, myself. I absolutely appreciated the tiny, unexpected twists and turns (like what really happened to that damned salad bowl) and found the ending to be clever and touching. This book is all about the bond between humans and animals that cannot be shattered even if one of them does something wrong - and it shows us that animals really can save us, one way or another. Parts of this book reminded me of: - The Call by P.D. Viner

  15. 4 out of 5

    Salam

    A family-drama based thriller that takes place in France involving stolen heirlooms and mysterious murders. Rachel thinks her life far away from her family is peaceful, only her brother Truck will not let her live in peace. After he sends her a sleu of threatening emails, he then pays her a visit and things go amok. Only now there is evidence that makes it hard to cover up the “crime”. Will Rachel and her husband Gabriel make it out alive? Pre-order your copy if you want to know the answer 🙃. Av A family-drama based thriller that takes place in France involving stolen heirlooms and mysterious murders. Rachel thinks her life far away from her family is peaceful, only her brother Truck will not let her live in peace. After he sends her a sleu of threatening emails, he then pays her a visit and things go amok. Only now there is evidence that makes it hard to cover up the “crime”. Will Rachel and her husband Gabriel make it out alive? Pre-order your copy if you want to know the answer 🙃. Available May 4, 2022. Overall I enjoyed the book. I really despised Rachel’s family and how they treated her but I’m glad her husband was on her side. At times the story was a bit of a slow burn for me, but if def made me read faster to get to the ending and see what happens. I had a really hard time rating this one but ultimately I landed between 3.75-4⭐️. Thank you @victoryeditingngc and @netgalley for my gifted ARC in exchange for my honest review!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Krista Hajjar-Nejad

    feel so honored to review this debut novel by Isabella Bright. Thank you so much NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op for this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. I LOVED this debut novel by Isabella Bright. Her writing was superb and the characters are so well-developed. I especially liked Rachel and highly disliked Truck. I loved the bond between Rachel and Foxy. Stealing Foxy was an intense and suspenseful read. My anxiety was high 50% in when there was an unexpected twist! I als feel so honored to review this debut novel by Isabella Bright. Thank you so much NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op for this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. I LOVED this debut novel by Isabella Bright. Her writing was superb and the characters are so well-developed. I especially liked Rachel and highly disliked Truck. I loved the bond between Rachel and Foxy. Stealing Foxy was an intense and suspenseful read. My anxiety was high 50% in when there was an unexpected twist! I also enjoyed how the chapters were written from the POV of all the siblings and Rachel's husband. I always love a book where I hear from each characters POV. This book is a 5 star read! If you enjoy dark, suspenseful sibling rivalry with a few twists and a satisfying ending, then I highly recommend this book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Clairelouloves

    This was overall a fun and entertaining thriller, although the beginning grabbed my attention more than the rest of the book. It’s set in rural France where the main character is renovating a home with her younger partner. It had some gorgeous descriptions of the garden, fruits growing, and stormy weather brewing which did add to the atmosphere. I liked the storyline with the unstable brother ‘Truck’, as well as the twisty family dynamics. I just wished it had held a little more mystery as it di This was overall a fun and entertaining thriller, although the beginning grabbed my attention more than the rest of the book. It’s set in rural France where the main character is renovating a home with her younger partner. It had some gorgeous descriptions of the garden, fruits growing, and stormy weather brewing which did add to the atmosphere. I liked the storyline with the unstable brother ‘Truck’, as well as the twisty family dynamics. I just wished it had held a little more mystery as it did fall a little short for me. Thanks to Netgalley for the arc.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Wolfe

    Stealing Foxy was an impressive debut novel that kept me turning the pages! First, I’m a sucker for any novel with a dog playing one of the main roles. Dog lovers like myself will absolutely relate to this one! This was a twisty read about a dysfunctional set of siblings fighting over an inheritance, along with some more sinister threats that will leave readers checking the locks on their doors. I don’t want to say too much, but this story starts with a bang and never lets go. I also loved the u Stealing Foxy was an impressive debut novel that kept me turning the pages! First, I’m a sucker for any novel with a dog playing one of the main roles. Dog lovers like myself will absolutely relate to this one! This was a twisty read about a dysfunctional set of siblings fighting over an inheritance, along with some more sinister threats that will leave readers checking the locks on their doors. I don’t want to say too much, but this story starts with a bang and never lets go. I also loved the unique setting in the French countryside – a place that I will gladly travel to as I’m reading. Overall, a unique, well-written, and suspenseful thriller that I recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Louisa Bennet

    This debut psychological thriller is packed with twists and lies and I absolutely loved it. The author portrays a deliciously poisonous family and a sister who has moved to France to escape them. But the brother won't leave her alone. I felt claustrophobic and terrified as I read it and the ending is packed full of surprises. Highly recommended. This debut psychological thriller is packed with twists and lies and I absolutely loved it. The author portrays a deliciously poisonous family and a sister who has moved to France to escape them. But the brother won't leave her alone. I felt claustrophobic and terrified as I read it and the ending is packed full of surprises. Highly recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Sadly this one just wasn't for me. I struggled to understand the actions of the characters from very early on. The dysfunctional family dynamics kept me entertained me a while. Hopefully others will connect with it more than I did . Sadly this one just wasn't for me. I struggled to understand the actions of the characters from very early on. The dysfunctional family dynamics kept me entertained me a while. Hopefully others will connect with it more than I did .

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacey (reading2escape)

    I enjoyed this book and loved that it had such an original storyline! It centers around a dysfunctional family and has lots of suspense and dark humor. The characters were well written, and I liked that it was told in multiple POVs. It had nicely done twists and turns and I love how everything came together in the end! Also, it has a dog in it, so what could be better!? Thank you to Netgalley and to the author who reached out and offered me an e-arc of this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Loftis

    Wow! Such an awesome book! This is a great debut thriller from a new author and you need to go check it out right now. First off, I love these types of thrillers. Domestic thrillers are my favorite, and this is all about some sibling rivalry. But it doesn't just fall in the domestic suspense category. It is so much more and it's hard to really just put it in a category. I'll just say, if you like thrillers...just read it! Second, the setting is just 😍. Being in the French countryside was the per Wow! Such an awesome book! This is a great debut thriller from a new author and you need to go check it out right now. First off, I love these types of thrillers. Domestic thrillers are my favorite, and this is all about some sibling rivalry. But it doesn't just fall in the domestic suspense category. It is so much more and it's hard to really just put it in a category. I'll just say, if you like thrillers...just read it! Second, the setting is just 😍. Being in the French countryside was the perfect atmosphere. I loved reading about this beautiful area and getting to escape to it in the story. The characters are highly entertaining and despite being a dysfunctional family, there's a lot of dark humor in it. It is told from multiple POVs, and I love that you get multiple characters sides to the story, and the chapters are short and easy, making this something you can breeze through quickly ( I LOVE short chapters). This is such a captivating novel and the twists are so fun. The suspense is built perfectly, and all of a sudden, you will be whipped around with the twists.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Zupan

    I loved this book! The novel opens with lushly poetic prose describing a part of France unknown to me, and a young couple who have made it their home. The violent intrusion by a family member severs the peaceful life they had created and the drama that ensues is both captivating and at times hilarious. I give it the highest rating.

  24. 5 out of 5

    erin_leigh_reads

    Happy Publication Day @isabellabrightauthor ! I absolutely loved Stealing Foxy. It was so well written, extremely suspenseful and captivating. All kinds of dark and twisty family secrets, crazy relatives and one very toxic dysfunctional family. Rachel and her husband, Gabriel live in a beautiful old farm house in the French Countryside. Rachel spends her days restoring her old farm house and going for walks in vineyards and surrounding sunflower fields with her new rescue dog, Foxy. Life is almo Happy Publication Day @isabellabrightauthor ! I absolutely loved Stealing Foxy. It was so well written, extremely suspenseful and captivating. All kinds of dark and twisty family secrets, crazy relatives and one very toxic dysfunctional family. Rachel and her husband, Gabriel live in a beautiful old farm house in the French Countryside. Rachel spends her days restoring her old farm house and going for walks in vineyards and surrounding sunflower fields with her new rescue dog, Foxy. Life is almost perfect for Rachel except for the fact that she is estranged from her siblings, and her mentally unstable brother, Truck, is threatening to hunt her down and hurt her. What transpires is a comedy of tragedies if you will. Someone dies and a huge bumbling cover up ensues. I am so thankful to Isabella Bright for sending me an e-arc of her debut novel in exchange for my honest review. A definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arianne Richmonde

    This is a novel about a dysfunctional Irish family of estranged grown-up siblings. Rachel, the youngest of four, lives in south west France with her husband Gabriel, a Frenchman. Her elder brother Truck is on a rampage and determined to make sure his younger sister doesn't get away with any part of their family inheritance - from their late parents - that he believes is rightfully his. He has a violent past, yet somehow he has gotten away with being a bully all his life, largely excused by his t This is a novel about a dysfunctional Irish family of estranged grown-up siblings. Rachel, the youngest of four, lives in south west France with her husband Gabriel, a Frenchman. Her elder brother Truck is on a rampage and determined to make sure his younger sister doesn't get away with any part of their family inheritance - from their late parents - that he believes is rightfully his. He has a violent past, yet somehow he has gotten away with being a bully all his life, largely excused by his two other sisters. He's a charmer, the type who always gets the girl, the type who gets away with proverbial murder. His wife, Saffron, supports him financially. Rachel, a portrait artist, simply wants to be rid of Truck and is happily living with her husband in their old stone Gascon farmhouse in the middle of sunflower fields that she and Gabriel have been restoring, but when Truck finds out his younger sister's address, he sends her an ominous package containing a map (marked with a red dot where her house is), and you know trouble is a-brewing. And so begins this roller coaster family drama. Not glamorous (like The Nest or Netflix's Succession) because this takes place in the rural French countryside. It ends up being part murder mystery, part road trip, part caper, and every bit a family drama. Suffice it to say, if you think you've read a book like this before, you haven't. It does not fit neatly into any trope. You cannot pigeonhole this story. If you are looking for a "feel-good" family saga, this book is probably not for you. Stealing Foxy, while dealing with sometimes heartbreaking family dynamics and also atonement, still holds a lot of dark humor, because we all know how family ties can bind us even when we want to break free, and how you can hate and love siblings all at once. And these four siblings in Stealing Foxy, and their wives and husbands-love them or hate them - are entertaining characters, with pasts packed full of secrets and drama, sometimes sad, and sometimes very funny. This is told from multiple POVs but in very different voices. Some of the stuff Truck says will make you laugh out loud, despite yourself. And then there's the wonderful dog. But no spoilers here, you'll have to read this rather madcap tale for yourself.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Badass Lioness

    When is a victim not the victim? 4.5 stars! Twists, turns, and avoiding most of the current psychological thriller cliches makes this a debut novel worth reading. Rachel, 38, is living in the French countryside with her husband, but is being harrassed by her brother, Truck, about some heirlooms that he is convinced she is hiding. Did she take them or not? Does it even matter, or is Truck's obsession about something else? He has threatened to visit her after their oldest sister gives him her address When is a victim not the victim? 4.5 stars! Twists, turns, and avoiding most of the current psychological thriller cliches makes this a debut novel worth reading. Rachel, 38, is living in the French countryside with her husband, but is being harrassed by her brother, Truck, about some heirlooms that he is convinced she is hiding. Did she take them or not? Does it even matter, or is Truck's obsession about something else? He has threatened to visit her after their oldest sister gives him her address. She is also under stress of the moneypit home that has used up all of their money. In the midst of all that, they find a dog, who is pivotal to the storyline. This is not just about the events happening, but also a spotlight on the past of the siblings. How did they end up against Rachel? How did Truck become the way he is? Then a death happens and everything begins to unravel. Gabriel and Rachel scramble. An accident happens. A witness has seen too much. All the complications make this an exciting read that can strain credulity at times, but offered enough to keep me guessing as to how it would all turn out. Sometimes it takes one event to act as a domino and cause family to reassess their roles and to make changes that may undo years of damage. Note: I received an advance reading copy from NetGalley. I enjoyed it and bought a copy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Isabella Bright

    A toxic family, An inheritance, And a deep dark secret. Rachel and her husband Gabriel are living the dream in an old stone farmhouse in south west France. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, life is bucolic bliss, or would be if it weren't for threats from Rachel's vindictive brother, Truck, whom she hasn’t seen since their father’s funeral when Truck warned her he might kill her. Rachel, Truck, and their two sisters have recently finished sorting out their inheritance from their late par A toxic family, An inheritance, And a deep dark secret. Rachel and her husband Gabriel are living the dream in an old stone farmhouse in south west France. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, life is bucolic bliss, or would be if it weren't for threats from Rachel's vindictive brother, Truck, whom she hasn’t seen since their father’s funeral when Truck warned her he might kill her. Rachel, Truck, and their two sisters have recently finished sorting out their inheritance from their late parents. Grudges, jealousy and suspicion all raise their gargoyle heads, and when Truck discovers Rachel’s address and threatens to visit her 'grand-arse house and all it contains,’ she’s convinced she might end up dead. What early readers are saying: ‘Genuinely surprising twists.’ – Kirkus reviews ‘Smart, suspenseful and darkly comedic! Sparkling characters! A beautifully-written page-turner for fans of Liane Moriarty and Cynthia Sweeney 's The Nest'– Bestselling author, M.M. DeLuca ‘An edgy, unputdownable page turner, tightly plotted to the last page. Such an original storyline, I loved every word.’ – #1 Amazon bestselling author, Freida McFadden ‘An inventive tale with a sly touch of dark humour, Stealing Foxy is a twisty domestic noir about dysfunctional family dynamics and its fatal consequences. I was sucked right in and couldn’t stop reading.’ – 5-star reader review ‘Isabella Bright’s beautifully written debut builds suspense steadily, but before you know it you’re on a twisty roller coaster with unexpected turns at every corner.’ – The Literary Lovers ‘Dark and gripping with intriguing, fleshed-out characters. If you like TV shows about complex sibling relationships, like Bloodline, and Succession, and the acidic humor of Gillian Flynn, you’ll love Stealing Foxy.’ – 5-star reader review ‘An atmospheric novel set in the deep French countryside. What starts as a chilling family drama brimming with tension escalates into an action-packed caper full of clever surprises.’ – Becca’s Book Reviews ‘Loved this brilliant book! Girl A meets How to Kill Your Family.’ – 5-star reader review ‘Original, unpredictable, and with a fascinating premise. The characters – even the dog – are so masterfully drawn, each distinct, and the plot is so unusual I read this in one sitting.’ - 5-star reader review ‘A suspenseful novel about dark family dynamics, with a wonderful sense of place and plenty of unexpected twists to keep you turning pages.’ - 5-star reader review ‘Captivating. Unique. Darkly funny. I’ve never read a book like Stealing Foxy.’ – 5-star reader review

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A digital ARC of this book was provided to me by Victory Editing, NetGalley Co-op and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own and freely given. When Rachel's parents died, she spent a lot of time arguing with her siblings about items to be divided. Her only brother, Truck, thinks that she stole things that are rightfully his, but Rachel swears that she doesn't have them. Truck, known to be violent, threatens to show up and take them all back. Through a series of VERY misfortunate events, Rac A digital ARC of this book was provided to me by Victory Editing, NetGalley Co-op and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own and freely given. When Rachel's parents died, she spent a lot of time arguing with her siblings about items to be divided. Her only brother, Truck, thinks that she stole things that are rightfully his, but Rachel swears that she doesn't have them. Truck, known to be violent, threatens to show up and take them all back. Through a series of VERY misfortunate events, Rachel and her husband, Gabriel, start to travel to the ocean. There is a car accident, a creepy man lurking about, a few hospital visits, surgeries, and some theft - just to name a few incidents. Rachel's siblings are horrible, to her especially. I didn't understand why Gabriel and Rachel made some of the choices they did, but this book is not meant to be real life. If you can find the humor (not in a ha-ha kind of way, but I can NOT believe they did that! kind of way) in all of these things that happen, then I think you will enjoy this story. This is a slower paced suspense then what I am used to, so I am saying 3 1/2 stars (rounded up to 4).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Buckner

    Rachel and her husband, Gabriel, live in France. She is excited to live a small village away from her family and their secrets. Rachel and her siblings have deep dark secrets and she has tried her best to escape them. Truck, Rachel's brother, has found her even in France. She begins to receive e-mails and a map that shows exactly where she lives. Rachel begins to fear for her life. Her brother does not like her and has threatened to come and find her. Meanwhile, Rachel finds a dog on the side of Rachel and her husband, Gabriel, live in France. She is excited to live a small village away from her family and their secrets. Rachel and her siblings have deep dark secrets and she has tried her best to escape them. Truck, Rachel's brother, has found her even in France. She begins to receive e-mails and a map that shows exactly where she lives. Rachel begins to fear for her life. Her brother does not like her and has threatened to come and find her. Meanwhile, Rachel finds a dog on the side of the road and brings it home. Foxy becomes their dog. Truck sticks to his promise and comes to haunt Rachel. As the plot twists, Rachel and Gabe find themselves discarding of a dead body deep in the woods. Unfortunately, a bystander sees them and gets involved. Rachel ends up in the hospital and the plot thickens as the reader finds out the true secret as to why the family of sisters and brother, Truck, can't all get along. I enjoyed this debut author. The reader will find that there are lots of twists and turns throughout the book. I look forward to reading another book by this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nickey

    This is an interesting debut novel from Isabella Bright. Rachel is happily married to Gabriel, living in France. She has two sisters and a brother living in other countries, who she doesn't have much contact with. They are a pretty dysfunctional family and the death of their parents has created even more of a wedge between them. One morning, Rachel receives mail from her brother. He's discovered where she is living and sends a threatening email to Gabriel too, saying that he will be travelling to This is an interesting debut novel from Isabella Bright. Rachel is happily married to Gabriel, living in France. She has two sisters and a brother living in other countries, who she doesn't have much contact with. They are a pretty dysfunctional family and the death of their parents has created even more of a wedge between them. One morning, Rachel receives mail from her brother. He's discovered where she is living and sends a threatening email to Gabriel too, saying that he will be travelling to France so they'd better watch out! What follows is a thriller with a difference, with quirky characters, a dark twist and a cover up murder. Written in chapters from the point of view of all the siblings. Each has a different take on who's to blame and why they don't get on. But is everyone in this dysfunctional family ever being honest?  An unpredictable, original, dark comedic page turner which actually turns out to have a satisfying plot and outcome. If you want a thriller which is a bit different then give this a go. Just don't take it too seriously and remember, it is fiction!

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