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The Family Plot: A Novel von Megan Collins
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The Family Plot: A Novel (2021. Auflage)

von Megan Collins (Autor)

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Titel:The Family Plot: A Novel
Autoren:Megan Collins (Autor)
Info:Atria Books (2021), 320 pages
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The Family Plot von Megan Collins

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The Short of It:

The Family Plot is one of those “treat” reads. One that makes you love reading all over again.

The Rest of It:

"At twenty-six, Dahlia Lighthouse is haunted by her upbringing. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she is unable to move beyond the disappearance of her twin brother, Andy, when they were sixteen.

After several years away and following her father’s death, Dahlia returns to the house, where the family makes a gruesome discovery: buried in their father’s plot is another body—Andy’s, his skull split open with an ax." ~ Indiebound

Let’s just say that discovering her missing brother’s body in her own backyard is enough to make Dahlia lose all hope in her true-crime obsessed family. Andy was her twin, but he was also everything to her. Basically, the other half of who she was. Losing her brother at the age of sixteen, with his “goodbye” note the only thing left behind, meant that she saw him every time she turned a corner, searched endlessly online for him, and basically lost touch with her two other siblings because they didn’t seem to understand the depth of her loss. They had each other, and she had no one.

When their father dies and they all return home it’s not a happy homecoming at all. Too many memories buried in that house. They were raised by parents who were obsessed with true crime, specifically the local murders which involved many young women, and the killer was never found. Their walls covered with the news of those murders, gruesome pictures and even dioramas that Dahlia’s sister constructed as a way to work through the horror.

When Andy’s body is discovered in their own backyard, Dahlia cannot make sense of it. He’s been gone all this time and yet, he was right there. How did he end up there? Who killed him? Is it related to the other killings on the island?

This was a marvelous read. Fun, twisty, not that predictable. I enjoyed spending time with this quirky family and I could not turn the pages fast enough. I was hoping it would be good but it will probably end up on my fave list at the end of the year. I was happily surprised by how much I loved this one.


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  tibobi | Sep 21, 2021 |
“The Family Plot” is about the Lighthouse family, an unusual household, perhaps a little creepy, and certainly dysfunctional by typical standards. Their story unfolds from the perspective of Dahlia, named after the Black Dahlia. In fact, all the children are named after murder victims. Mrs. Lighthouse’s parents were murdered by home invaders, and the gun that killed them was their very own brand. The family does not think they are dark, but they certainly would describe themselves as unnatural.

The family lives on Blackburn Island, also the home of the notorious and unidentified Blackburn Killer. The children are home-schooled of course. Mrs. Lighthouse reenacts the murder of her parents, the brutality of it, to protect her children, because If they learn the horrors that others have experienced, they will recognize the same danger if it ever comes their way.

The story takes an unusual turn when Mr. Lighthouse dies; the family returns to Blackburn Island to prepare a “Lighthouse Memorial Museum” and lay him to rest in the family plot. Death stalks the family who spent a lifetime honoring those who died violent deaths, and as they prepare for the honoring ceremony, they find a body, unidentified and viciously murdered. Murder has been circling them for decades, and secrets from the past bring more shocks in the present.

The Lighthouse family dynamics make this a compelling novel. It is quick to read with “interesting” undercurrents. I received a review copy of “The Family Plot” from Megan Collins, Atria Books, and Simon & Schuster Publishers. It was quirky, peculiar, and certainly original. ( )
  3no7 | Sep 12, 2021 |
Thank you to The Girlfriend Book Club and the publisher for this book.

What a bizarre and macabre book but yet entertaining. I was riveted the whole way through to the end. I knew it was going to be different when the kids names were Dahlia (after the Black Dahlia), Andy (after Andrew -- Lizzie Borden's father, Charlie (after Charles Lindbergh) and Tate (after Sharon Tate). See a pattern? All murdered people.

Andy is Dahlia's twin and leaves home at age 16 and they have no idea where he went to despite all the research etc.

Dahlia comes home (a secluded haunted mansion yet) after her father's death and finds out that when they bury Daniel (their father) Andy is buried in his father's plot with his head split open with an axe. Andy used to use an axe to carve his name in trees when he was stressed.

I despised Charlie who was rude to Dahlia and only was nice to Tate probably because Andy and Dahlia were twins and were always together like Tate was with Charlie.

In years gone past, there numerous serial murders but who done it? You'll have to read the book to find out. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Sep 8, 2021 |
The Family Plot is Megan Collins' third novel.
Dahlia Lighthouse and her three siblings were raised in a secluded house on an island. They were also homeschooled by their parents - and murder was a large part of the curriculum. Not committing it, but learning about, researching and reenacting high profile cases and holding ceremonies to honor the dead. The four eventually all leave their island home, but one goes missing or chooses to distance themselves. On returning home for a funeral....

I'll leave you to discover what has happened - and who might be responsible.

I have to admit that I thought the whole schooling in murder idea was a bit far fetched. But not improbable. I liked the setting - an old mansion on an isolated island gave the setting a lovely Gothic feel. Collins adds in some reclusive neighbors, suspicious townsfolk and a sketchy cop to round out the cast. And....the Blackburn Island serial killer. Yup, there are a number of women who have been murdered on the island over the years.

The story is told from Dahlia's point of view. But can we trust her memories or her perspective on the current events? We are given a lot of information early on and I was quite happily turning pages, but by mid book, I felt like the momentum had slowed. Delilah's recounting seemed repetitive, with the same emotions voiced over and over again. A lot of the situations required more than a few grains of salt.

Collins gives us a number of options for the final whodunit, with each suspect being quite plausible. I placed money on one suspect in the middle of the narrative and was proven right in the end.

I chose to listen to The Family Plot. The reader was Emily Tremaine. Her voice absolutely matched the mental image I had of Dahlia. She has a clear, strong speaking voice, easy to understand. Her pace of narrating is just right. Tremaine is a very expressive reader and captures the tone of Collin's work very well. A really good performance.

The Family Plot was definitely a different read and I enjoyed it, but not as much as I was hoping to. ( )
  Twink | Aug 26, 2021 |
Dahlia has returned to her family home for her father’s funeral. She has not been home in quite a long time. It is hard for her to face this place without her twin brother, Andy. She has been searching for Andy since he left at the age of 16.

Dahlia is obsessed with her missing brother. She knows he is alive somewhere and he will come find her. But, when they find his body buried in her father’s plot, she now has a new obsession. She must find out who killed Andy and why.

Talk about a unique family. I always wonder about authors and their mindset when they create situations like this. This is a family where the mother named all her kids after some kind of murder or murderer. The mother actually acted out a lot of these murders for her children for their “homeschool” lessons. Just plain twisted!

I enjoyed this creepy setting and this really weird family. The story did slow down a bit in places. But the characters and the setting really keep the reader moving along! Oh…and don’t forget the mystery…you do not want to miss this one!

Need a good novel that will have you cringing…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | Aug 23, 2021 |
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