Review: A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards

This is a book that I was looking forward to for quite some time. I was really interested in the family dynamics in this summary, especially since I am the oldest sister and my younger sister and I are in constant completion with each other.

I thought this one would yield interesting family relationships and dynamics as well as present a fascinating mystery with lots of things to question and debate.

Plus this author has written a number of books, most of which are women fiction or romance, sprinkled with a few mysteries. This one sounded like it was going to be a little darker and more complex than her usual books. I have never read anything by this author before, but I was eager to discover her style and writing.


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 lays 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? (summary from Goodreads). 


From the summary, I was geared up for this to be more of a domestic thriller rather than women fiction/romance with a little mystery. I think the summary is slightly misleading. I think people who have read this author before would maybe know what to expect, but for me as a new reader, I thought I was getting something much different than what I actually read.

The domestic thriller/mystery seemed more like the secondary focus of this book with the familial relationships and budding romance taking center stage. I noticed that a few other reviewers noted similar thoughts and I wholeheartedly agree with their observations in regard to that aspect.

That is not to say the book isn’t good, I did enjoy it and found myself thinking about the story at random times during the day. I loved how honest and real the character were. They were smart but yet had flaws, as we all do, and lots of family and relationship baggage which I think many readers can relate to. I know I certainly found things to identify with, especially when it came to the sisters and their relationship.

I did find this one to be a little on the wordy and overly descriptive side though. I think some of the descriptions could have been pared down a little to make things more crisp. Even though this book had a few small imperfections, I did enjoy reading the story and found myself immersed in the story and thinking about the family dynamics often. I think this author is incredibly skilled and wrote a story that readers will enjoy reading on a last summer day!

Book Info and Rating

Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by MIRA
Free review copy provided by publisher, MIRA in partnership with TLC Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: women’s fiction, contemporary lit, chick lit, domestic mystery

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

Connect with Emilie

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Instagram tour:

Monday, June 17th: @tbretc

Tuesday, June 18th: @hollyslittlebookreviews

Wednesday, June 19th: @sweethoneyandbrei

Thursday, June 20th: @readwithjamie

Friday, June 21st: @novelgossip

Saturday, June 22nd: @jessicamap

Sunday, June 23rd: @readingbetweenthe_wines

Review tour:

Monday, June 17th: The Baking Bookworm

Tuesday, June 18th: Girls in Books and @girlsinbooks

Wednesday, June 19th: Girl Who Reads

Wednesday, June 19th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Thursday, June 20th: Helen’s Book Blog

Monday, June 24th: @my_book_journey

Tuesday, June 25th: Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, June 26th: Write Read Life

Thursday, June 27th: Book by Book

Thursday, June 27th: @crystals_library

Friday, June 28th: Run Wright

Monday, July 1st: Audio Killed the Bookmark and @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Tuesday, July 2nd: Treestand Book Reviews 

Wednesday, July 3rd: @beauty_andthebook

Friday, July 5th: Booked on a Feeling

Friday, July 5th: @angelareadsbooks

Monday, July 8th: I Wish I Lived in a Library

Tuesday, July 9th: Lori’s Reading Corner – spotlight

Wednesday, July 10th: The Meganerd Blog and @meganthemeganerd

Wednesday, July 10th: @cassies_books_reviews

Thursday, July 11th: Books and Bindings

Friday, July 12th: Books and Cats and Coffee and @bookncatsncoffee

Monday, July 15th: @one_more_paige

Tuesday, July 16th: @sarahandherbookshelves

Wednesday, July 17th: The Lit Bitch

Thursday, July 18th: Books Before Bedtime and @booksbeforebedtime

Friday, July 19th: The Pages In-Between and @thepagesinbetween

3 thoughts on “Review: A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards

  1. The title sounds intriguing. I like reading family dynamics and a little mystery added in only enhances its allure. But 496 pages are a lot to take in. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. I have this one on my fall purchase list and from all of the reviews I’ve read it doesn’t sound so much like a domestic thriller to me, so I think knowing that going in will be helpful for me. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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