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A Family of Strangers

By: Emilie Richards
Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
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Summary

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? 

©2019 Emelie Richards (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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  • Kathryn @theBookDate
  • 26-04-21

Wonderful

Throughly enjoyed. Listened as a reread and the narration enhanced the story just as it should. Well written story, held me all way through.

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  • Artkeep
  • 05-04-22

GOOD STORY!!

Although for me, this story had a slow start but as it progressed, it was excellent and I loved the twists and turns throughout. This is a first for me by Emilie Richards and I will certainly look for other titles. She's a very talented writer. The narrator was an perfect choice for this story.

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  • Dianne W.
  • 02-02-22

intriguing

lots of turns and twists that kept me waning to listen. narration was.perfect . I highly recommend and will look for mone from this quthor

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  • Lana S
  • 23-01-23

Great

Great plot with a twist! Slow at first but got really good. I wasn’t too fond of the reader in the begging as she sounded loud like a reporter but it grew on me later.

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  • lbourne
  • 21-01-23

Family of strangers

Loved this book and the unexpected twists that occurred. Families can definitely become messy at times.

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  • Lisa
  • 29-11-22

little bit of love, crime, & mysterious family


Really good story, the narrator did a really good job. I already love crime podcast for the fact that she was a podcaster made it more interesting.

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  • Tawnie J.
  • 26-11-22

Would make a Hallmark movie

I got this as a deal of the day. I didn't realize this was a Harlaquin production until the end credits. That kind of explained it. However it was entertaining and held my interest. I am glad I didn't use a credit to get it though.

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  • Geri Bronner
  • 05-08-22

Good Reading

A little slow going but a very good story. Made for a very good read

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  • Pink Amy
  • 01-07-22

Forgettable

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Ryan’s perfect older sister Wendy calls asking Ryan to watch her daughters. Wendy is in the run, fearing false arrest for murder in Arizona. The sisters, nearly two decades apart in age aren’t close, Ryan’s nieces barely know her and hardly speak to her. A true crime podcaster, Ryan realizes things are not as the seem, starting in her own family.

While I enjoyed A FAMILY OF STRANGERS, the book could have been half the length, had a faster pace without losing any important contact. I catnapped few times and didn’t need to re-listen to see what I missed. The story was satisfying, though nothing special. Narration was above average.

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  • Carmela
  • 31-05-22

Search for the Wandering Plot

A Family of Strangers has a good although predictable plot. This 13-hour book could have easily been cut to 8-10 hours. Instead, we get screamingly boring details of what the bartender wore or what Ryan saw driving down the street, neither of which had anything to do with the plot. And the book wasn’t enhanced by mind-numbing dialog that again had nothing to do with the plot.