Book Review: A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards

A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards

MIRA (June 25, 2019)

496 pages

Domestic Thriller/Sisters Fiction/Women’s Fiction



Could a lifetime of memories…be a lifetime of lies?

All her life Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy’s achievements, she didn’t even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly fatal mistake in judgment. The sisters’ choices have taken them in different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when Wendy calls, begging for her help. There’s been a murder—and Wendy believes she’ll be wrongfully accused.

While Wendy lies low, Ryan moves back to their hometown to care for the nieces she hardly knows. The sleuthing skills she’s refined as a true-crime podcaster quickly rise to the surface as she digs for answers with the help of an unexpected ally. Yet the trail of clues Wendy’s left behind lead to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who, with every revelation, becomes more and more a stranger?

Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect liar—or worse?








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Family secrets and family relationships are the heart of this story.


 “She’s my sister.”

Excellent family drama with a mystery and deep emotional secrets.  I was intrigued by Ryan Gracey’s adventure into figuring out what is going on with her sister, Wendy who is on the run. Wendy has abandoned her family and only contacts Ryan sporadically. This is a family that is full of complicated issues and what you see on the surface is not what it really is. Well written, interesting characters, and thought provoking read. I enjoyed and recommend this story with mystery, family loyalties, humor, family secrets, and a second chance love story.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (April 24, 2019)

ARC provided by Author




Emilie Richards is the USA Today bestselling author of seventy plus novels in several different genres including romance, mystery and women’s fiction. Published in more than twenty-one countries and sixteen languages, her most recent novel is The Swallow’s Nest, a June 2017 trade paperback and hardcover release from Mira Books. She’s won the RITA from Romance Writers of America and multiple awards from RT Book Reviews, including one for career achievement. Ten of her books have been made into television movies in Germany.

Emilie finds relationships of all kinds intriguing and perplexing, and exploring that great diversity of possibilities is her passion. Having lived in nine states and briefly in Australia, she’s also determined to discover how the places we live help make us the people we are.

Right now Emilie divides her time between Sarasota, Florida and Chautauqua, New York, when she and her husband aren’t visiting their four children and grandchildren.








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