Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

Park Row: Harlequin. Nov. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780778333234. $27.99. THRILLER
Genetics and nature-versus-nurture take the spotlight in Unger’s 20th novel (following Last Girl Ghosted). The Origins DNA testing kits hidden behind Hannah and Mako’s parents’ Christmas tree surprise the family, but no one admits to bringing them. Mako’s wife, Liza, throws hers into the trash, and the others aren’t sure about submitting. Six months later, Hannah and her husband, Mako and Liza, and Hannah’s best friend and her boyfriend vacation at a remote luxury cabin in the Georgia woods, funded by the larger-than-life Mako. Although everyone seems happy and relaxed, each has secrets, and they learn someone has uncovered family secrets—an outside force is manipulating the couples. The quest for truth and justice—and a violent storm—soon shred the healing power of nature. Exploring genetic origins raises the questions about DNA and destiny, how well we know the people closest to us, and how far we would go to protect them.
VERDICT For fans of creepy, cunning locked-room thrillers based on controversial social norms. Readers will revel in the search for genealogical justice amid best-kept secrets, while wondering who will live and who will die.
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