The Other Family

HarperAudio. Feb. 2022. 9:07 hrs. ISBN 9780063084629. $26.99. THRILLER
Nora Howell, her Brad Pitt–lookalike husband, and their two daughters have moved from California to New York City for a year. Nicknamed “Barbie,” she seems like the perfect little housewife. One daughter takes after her, and the other is obsessed with true crime and looks nothing like the rest of the family. Stacey, the older, sullen daughter, finds out that the house in which her family lives was the scene of a brutal murder some 25 years ago. There are other sinister touches to the house such as a macabre family portrait. This book is all about secrets, and someone in the Howell family is keeping a real whopper. Hillary Huber’s narration is deft. She sets a brisk pace and has a different voice for each character. She also makes everyone sound suspicious, which lends to the thrill of listening to the story.
VERDICT Creating unbearable tension, Staub (Don’t Scream) is brilliant at the slow build, and the recording is paced and voiced perfectly. A must-have for public libraries.
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