A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards | Book Review

From the publisher

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 leads to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who becomes more and more a stranger with every revelation?

Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect liar—or worse?

My review

Although this almost 500 page was very expansive and provided play-by-play descriptions of one sister’s attempt to reveal her older sister’s absence, the plot and writing were both so interesting that the novel became a real page turner. I enjoyed the experience of seeing the siblings almost exchange identities with Ryan becoming a surrogate mother and having to get to know her unwilling nieces, while the once-stable and predictable Wendy takes the time to work out her own issues, away from all her usual responsibilities.  The banter between the family members felt really authentic and author Emilie Richards is to be celebrated for her presentation that combined  the complications of intra-generation dynamics, a crime investigation and rekindled romance, without compromising on the appeal of each one.

  • Title; A Family of Strangers
  • Author: Emilie Richards
  • Pages: 496
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Publisher: Mira Books
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2019

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble


I received a complimentary copy of A Family of Strangers in order to complete this discussion but I was not otherwise compensated and this review reflects my honest opinions.  Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Mira Books for the opportunity to read and share my reading experience.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    Thank you for being a part of this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for reading, Sara!


Leave a Reply to Sara Strand Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s