Saturday 19 June 2021

The Family Tree by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry Blog Tour

I love a good who dunnit?

The guessing, the back and forth of just who could be the guilty party.

So when I was give the chance to read The Family Tree by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry, I knew I'd be kept speculating and I couldn't wait to start predicting where this story might lead me...


The DNA results are back. And there’s a serial killer in her family tree…

Liz Catalano is shocked when an ancestry kit reveals she’s adopted. But she could never have imagined connecting with her unknown family would plunge her into an FBI investigation of a notorious serial killer…

The Tri-State Killer has been abducting pairs of women for forty years, leaving no clues behind – only bodies.

Can Liz figure out who the killer in her new family is? And can she save his newest victims before it’s too late?

Our main protagonist Liz receives a 23 And Me DNA test kit for her birthday from her best friend and cousin Addie. Unfortunately when she gets back her results, the pair of them are left shocked and upset when it becomes apparent that Liz is actually adopted. 

Obviously Liz wants to know more about her biological family and it's this curiosity that leads her down a seemingly dark path. 

What would you do if you discovered that you were related to a murderer, a serial killer no less?

The dangerous and illusive Tri-State killer has lain dormant for a few years now but when two college girls vanish,  it begs the question, is this killer back? Will he strike again?  

Chapters go back and forth between the points of view of both Liz and the victims of the Tri-State Killer.

His Modus Operandi has always been to kidnap two young women at the same time, these woman are roommates, and dare I say good looking. Pretending to check their gas he would  quickly turn from mr nice guy into your worst nightmare. 

A gripping, original thriller for fans of My Lovely Wife, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and anyone who’s ever wondered what their family tree might be hiding…

The idea of this novel is unique, with a fresh plot and fast paced chapters, this story offers secrets and scandal. 

For a lot of the story I was worried for Liz and Andie, would they become the next victims?

And whilst I did enjoy the premise along with the twists in the tale that certainly flipped the narrative, there was something that didn't sit quite right with me.


For me it didn't quite flow, it felt false, too light and airy for such a disturbing, gritty tale. I didn't feel the intensity from either Liz or the victims themselves.

I wanted the fear to be palpable.

However, I think if done right, it could translate well on to the big screen.

Over all, The Family Tree is a creepy, calculated tale. 

And that ending! Talk about surprises. I'd say it's left it open for another book to be written if the author so wishes.

Hop on board the blog tour, follow the rest of the lovely bloggers below to see what their thoughts are on this thrilling crime novel


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