Saturday, November 20, 2021

BLOG TOUR - The New Family


Can you really trust the family next door?

Brooke is delighted when Oliver decides to rent her old family home with his three-year-old son Finley. Finally someone to bring happiness to the rundown house across the street. They seem like the perfect tenants, but Brooke is a little unnerved when they move in with just a single bag between them. Where are their belongings?

When Brooke asks Oliver about his past, he quickly changes the subject. Her best friend tells her to leave it, after all Brooke has been through enough trauma in her life. But Brooke can’t shake off the feeling that something isn’t right. Why aren’t her new tenants’ names listed anywhere online?

Then Brooke arrives home to find orange flames dancing in the upstairs windows. As her whole life goes up in smoke, she is convinced it wasn’t an accident. And when she finds Finley drawing a picture of an angry burning house with terror in his eyes, her blood runs cold. What is Finley so frightened of? And why does Oliver snatch the drawing away the moment he sees it?

Brooke is convinced Finley is in serious danger, but given her past, she’s not sure anyone will believe her. Is Brooke ready to face up to her own demons to save the little boy? And when the truth is finally revealed, who is really the one in danger?

The New Family is an addictive psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming, perfect for fans of The Wife, The Silent Patient and Lisa Jewell.


Title:   The New Family
Author:  Victoria Jenkins
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   352
Date of Publication:   November 16, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

In this dual point of view story, that of Brooke and Christina, two very different women whose lives are on different paths. Cleverly, Victoria Jenkins weaves a tale where eventually their lives do converge, albeit in a tragic manner. 

Brooke’s life takes a different turn after renting her cottage to Oliver and his three-year-old son Finley. Who is Oliver and why does Brooke feel so drawn to the quiet Finley?

What of Christina? Sadly, the mother of twins, Edward and Elise, her life is very much off-balance. Her relationship with husband Matthew is far less than perfect and at some point Christina had a brief affair. Desperate for Matthew never to discover this, the story soon makes it clear that she is very unhappy. In fact, there are other things in her life that concern her about Matthew, but she carries on nonetheless. 

It won’t take long for the reader to realize the intensity in this book. Not only are there secrets and lies in abundance, there are the much more serious issues of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. As these things begin to unravel it pulled me in even more to Brooke and Christina and how in a rather disturbing way their lives do indeed converge. 

These two very different women is lives do eventually connect and the ever-brilliant Ms. Jenkins does an excellent job at pulling everything together. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Victoria Jenkins is an English tutor and former secondary school teacher from South Wales who has been writing for years and day-dreaming about becoming a ‘proper’ writer for the past decade. She have an MA in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Wales, Swansea, where she wrote a lot of poetry while planning a lot of plots she hoped she would once day write. Victoria lives in South Wales with her husband.


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