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Keep It in the Family

By: John Marrs
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden,Susan Duerden,Steve West,Simon Mattacks
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Summary

In this chilling novel from bestselling author John Marrs, a young couple’s house hides terrible secrets—and not all of them are confined to the past.

Mia and Finn are busy turning a derelict house into their dream home when Mia unexpectedly falls pregnant. But just when they think the house is ready, Mia discovers a chilling message scored into a skirting board: I WILL SAVE THEM FROM THE ATTIC. Following the clue up into the eaves, the couple make a gruesome discovery: their dream home was once a house of horrors.

In the wake of their traumatic discovery, the baby arrives and Mia can’t shake her fixation with the monstrous crimes that happened right above them. Haunted by the terrible things she saw and desperate to find answers, her obsession pulls her ever further from her husband.

Secrecy shrouds the mystery of the attic, but when shards of a dark truth start to emerge, Mia realises the danger is terrifyingly present. She is prepared to do anything to protect her family—but is it already too late?

©2022 John Marrs (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“One dramatic revelation after another will keep readers turning the pages. Marrs has outdone himself.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Highly suspenseful, this had us gripped.” Crime Monthly

Keep It in the Family is a tour-de-force of a novel. Darkly disturbing and with twists that just keep on coming, this is John Marrs at his best, bringing you a family very much at their worst. I read it in one sitting.”—Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes

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Susan is an issue.

Genuinely cannot understand why Susan was chosen to narrate, she reminds me of Mystic Meg in intonation and overall speech. Unfortunately her sections are jarring and detract from immersion in a rather good book. Clare Corbett must have been on holiday. I'm over halfway but wanted to write this so that people are aware going in. So far I'm very much enjoying the story and it is the usual John Marrs dark tone.

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Very disappointed.

I've previously enjoyed this authors works. Sadly not this one. Confusing story, and one of the narrators (who plays Debbie) is quite possibly one of the worst I've ever heard. A no from me.

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Loved the story!

I really enjoyed this new book, However I found the voice of Debbie very annoying, it kind of took away her character from the story, the voice didn’t go with the character she was supposed to be portraying and that was disappointing

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Ridiculous Plot

Narrators were even worse, Totally unbelievable and mis-cast. I fully agree with the reviewers who commented about Debbie sounding like the M&S food advert or Mystic Meg. The one cast as the young plumber had a magnificent, resonant voice. Would have been better cast as a President in something else.
Anyway the plot was totally ridiculous and I just couldn't suspend disbelief and immerse myself in the story. The ending just kept going on and on long after the story should have finished. Maybe the author was being paid by the page. Too ridiculous to be thought of as a domestic thriller. Over The Top!

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The WORST narrator I have ever heard. Ever.

One of the narrators absolutely ruins this. She is impossible to listen to. She talks with the most absurd intonation and rhythm - identical in every sentence regardless of what is says, like she is parodying a marks and Spencer’s food advert! Who signed off on this? Did no one listen before this was released? I like John Marrs and the premise of the story so far was good but due to this insufferable narrator I will be returning.

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I can’t rate it higher because I returned it!

I love John Marrs books & didn’t even wait until credit day to buy this new book. I really thought that the other reviews about the narration were overstating it - but I desperately wanted to listen to the story but one of the narrators put me off completely.
And I’m sorry narrator, I don’t want to hurt your feelings - maybe it was a case of miscasting or something…

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Awful Narration

Currently on chapter 7 and if it hadn't cost me a credit I would have stopped listening. Susan Duerden as Debbie is horrific, I read another review which says she sounds like mystic Meg which is so true. One of the men is pretty terrible too, his female voice as Mia is cringe worthy. I have loved all the John Marrs audio books but the narration in this ruins it. I wish I had paid attention to the other reviews before purchasing.

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Twisted family

I almost decided not to buy this book when I listened to the sample narration. Not sure which woman narrator it was, but the one who voiced Debbie was so irritating and sweet sounding that I thought I was listening to an ad for chocolate or skin softener! I only went ahead with the purchase because she was only part of the cast, and because I have really enjoyed other books by John Marrs.
Without giving anything away, it was chilling to see how a person's experiences can affect their own actions in later life! It is also quite eye opening to see how one person can justify another person's deeds while most people would condemn them.
Can't truly say I enjoyed the book, rather I endured it! Rather depressing and doom laden. Fascinating to read other reviews and see that most UK listeners loved it, but most German listeners did not!

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Didn't finish

I just couldn't get past the narration. Shame because I normally love John Mars books. I didn't manage to finish this one. The narration is just so unnatural and jarring that it's hard to listen to the actual content. I hate leaving negative reviews - I normally don't review if I don't enjoy it but I feel the narration here really needs looking at.

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Terrible narration

Love John Marrs but simply cannot finish this. I just couldn't listen to that sing song voice from narrator a moment longer. No idea who thought it would sound appropriate. Doesn't fit story not other narrators.

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  • Matthew Davis
  • 20-10-22

Who hired this woman to read this???

Im less than an hour in and struggling to continue. Susan’s reading is very sing-song. Every sentence sounds like she is half singing or presenting the news. What were they thinking hiring this woman????????

If they wanted a spooky/breathy reader they already have elizabeth knowelden. Imogen church would have really rounded this cast out. Susan shouldnt be an audiobook reader.

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  • Becky Schweitzer
  • 13-12-22

HOLY CRAP get ready for a roller coaster ride!

The part of the narration that was in whispered tones got on my nerves at the beginning, but it wasn't awful. The story tho! WHOA! I suspected everyone and every situation but was STILL wrong! I love books that have a twist you can't are coming, and this one had TONS. Even if you are right about one, the next one blows you away! I really liked how well written it was. I liked the different POVs, one, a glimpse into a murderers mind. There were several times I actually got chills while listening. Highly recommend for anyone who loves thriller/mystery/crime. Definitely has triggers**child abuse**child murder**unsolved child disappearances**

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  • A. Stevens
  • 22-11-22

Starts good, but gets really boring. The NARRATOR IS THE WORST!

I have read all of Marrs’s books, but this is one of my least favorites. The voice of Debbie was just too much and took away from the story. It started really strong, but I struggled to finish. Maybe better if not on audible. So disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-22

I could not stand Debbie's voice actres

I could not stand Debbie's voice actress. it seems so fake, so over the top, dramatic, fake suspense. The worst performance. I'm sorry to be so blunt but it was honestly terrible for me. As her part increases in the story it's more and more annoying. The only bad thing about this audiobook. The story is so good its still worth listening to Debbie's voice actress though.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-11-22

Creepy!

This one has Lots of twists and it just keeps getting creepier as the story progresses

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  • MJ Family
  • 11-11-22

Good story but that female narrator!!

The story was good. Kept me interested from beginning to end despite knowing what was happening the whole time. The only real issue was the female narrator who began the story who played Deb throughout. Her voice was like nails on a chalk board. It was painful to listen to that voice and particularly the way she drew the last word at the end of every sentence out - it drove me mad and I nearly stopped listening several times because of it. I can never understand how the publisher allows something like that to be “published.” Awful. The man who narrator was great and the other female was okay so they managed to balance her out enough to get through it. If you can bare the voice in the sample without your ears bleeding, take a shot on this book - the story is worth your time.

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  • Damien
  • 19-10-22

Dark and twisty

5 star entertainment from Mr Marrs as ever. A little predictable in places perhaps, but still dark and shocking enough to keep me engrossed. Great narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-23

Better to Read than Listen

I feel like this story was all over the place. I'm sure reading it was way better than listening to it. Overall the plot of the story seemed very scattered

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  • Kimberly Gonzalez
  • 11-01-23

Well written and narrated!

Many twists that I didn’t see coming. Very well written. I recommend this book and narrators.

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  • April OBrien
  • 09-01-23

Holy. WHAT. wAiT...HUH!??! WOW!

This book is the perfect example of why John Marrs has taken the tip spot as my favorite author. Without leaving any spoilers.... chapter 9 will make you freak the eff out and lock you doors, buy a new security system, and get a dog. All the chapters after that will make you question EVERY SINGLE ACTION of anyone you might not trust 100000%. Frankly, this family is fucked up and the twists just keep coming! They are manipulative and sly and there's really only 2 people in the story you can even feel bad for.... 👩‍👦