"sometimes you can't trust your sister"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted July 3, 2019
Women's Fiction Contemporary
Ryan remembers her sister Wendy as being the best at everything. Now as an adult, Ryan has a job as a true crime podcaster that she loves, while Wendy has two daughters and is married to a high ranking officer in the Navy who has been out at sea for a long time.
Ryan is in the middle of one of recording a podcast when Wendy calls her, desperate for her help - she's out of town and can't come or she will be arrested for murder.
Ryan really doesn't want to go back home, but how can she refuse her sister? She returns home, but can't tell their parents what's really going on with Wendy. Ryan takes her nieces, Holly and Noelle, back to their house. They haven't seen each other in years, so of course, they are shy around Ryan. Even so, Ryan is concerned about how little they are willing to talk to her about.
On top of all of this, Ryan is afraid to run into her old boyfriend, Teo, a former policeman. Teo once helped Ryan get out of a terrible experience and in the process, he lost his leg. But after Ryan catches someone trying to break into the house, she goes to Teo to see if she can get one of his dogs to protect her and the girls...
Ryan finally gets a phone call from Wendy who states she has no idea when she will be back. Additionally, Ryan has been looking into Wendy's situation on her own, and nothing makes sense. Tep is willing to help Ryan investigate further, and it's not long before sparks are flying between them. Will they discover anything about Wendy's situation? What secrets does Wendy have that she's keeping from Ryan?
I really enjoyed A FAMILY OF STRANGERS by Emilie Richards. Not only does this book show the power of some women, but also what a family will do to hide secrets. The story behind Ryan and Teo is a sad story yet added quite a bit to the overall plot of the book. I always enjoy reading a book that has mystery along with romance.
Could a lifetime of memoriesâ€¦be a lifetime of
All her life Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister
from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendyâ€™s achievements,
she didnâ€™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 sistersâ€™ choices have taken them in
different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when
Wendy calls, begging for her help. Thereâ€™s been a murderâ€”and
Wendy believes sheâ€™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
sheâ€™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 Wendyâ€™s left behind
lead to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than
water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who, with every
revelation, becomes more and more a stranger?
Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect
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