“A powerful family and a deadly game. Be prepared for a nail-biting, roller-coaster of a ride in Catherine Steadman’s classy and ingenious new thriller.”—B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors
From the New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water, Mr. Nobody, and The Disappearing Act. . . .
1. Listen carefully
2. Do your research
3. Trust no one
4. Run for your life
Harriet Reed, a novelist on the brink of literary stardom, is newly engaged to Edward Holbeck, the heir of an extremely powerful family. And even though Edward has long tried to severe ties with them, news of the couple’s marital bliss has the Holbecks inching back into their lives.
As Harriet is drawn into their lavish world, the family seems perfectly welcoming. So when Edward’s father, Robert, hands Harriet a tape of a book he’s been working on, she is desperate to listen.
But as she presses play, it’s clear that this isn’t just a novel. It’s a confession.
A confession to a grisly crime. A murder. And, suddenly, the game is in motion.
Feeling isolated and confused, Harriet must work out if this is part of a plan to test her loyalty. Or something far darker. What is it that Robert sees in her? Why give her the power to destroy everything?
This might be a game to the Holbeck family—but losing might still prove deadly.
READY OR NOT, HERE THEY COME . . .
In this addictive novel of suspense from Thriller Award finalist Steadman (The Disappearing Act), there seems but a single hurdle standing between brainy, beautiful, bestselling thriller writer Harriet "Harry" Reed and that storybook future with the man of her dreams, dashing tech entrepreneur Edward Holbeck: his famously eccentric estranged family. Just how eccentric is something the newly engaged recent British transplant starts to glimpse following Thanksgiving dinner at the clan's Manhattan mansion when, after swearing her to secrecy, charismatic paterfamilias Robert gives her a mysterious cassette on which he hints will be his thriller-in-progress. When Harry finally starts listening, it sounds less like a novel than a criminal confession; in addition, Robert details her own darkest secret. As the intrepid Harry attempts to covertly investigate how much of the tape might be true, bizarre Holbeck holiday celebrations—more Hunger Games than ho, ho, ho—put her in escalating peril. The bloodcurdling, cinematic climax plays out by moonlight Christmas Eve on the family's snow-shrouded Upstate New York estate. Never mind the credibility straining twists. This pitch-dark fairy tale will leave most readers spellbound.)
Diabolical, sinister, everything you want in a psychological thriller!
WHAT. A. FINISH. Catherine Steadman has never disappointed me and “The Family Game” was no exception.
A spooky, twisted family saga set in Manhattan & upper state New York. We meet author Harriet Reed in quite the compromised position in the first pages, setting up a thriller storyline only Steadman is capable of. Harriet’s sweet fiancé Edward comes from quite the diabolical family. Between his controlling siblings Matilda, Oliver & Stuart, his mysterious mother Eleanor & disturbed father Robert, we have a difficult time knowing who we can even trust.
As Harriet’s & Edward’s relationship blossoms, it’s apparent his family will do anything they can to keep them apart. Or will they? Pick up this sinister novel today - perfect for reading on spooky October nights!
Disturbing, I did not enjoy this book at all. If horror is your cup of tea then you might like this book, but I do not so I wish I hadn’t read it. I kept going thinking it was a joke or a set up but this is a horror book, I feel it is not correctly advertised, if it were I wouldn’t have read it