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A Friend of the Family: The addictive and emotionally satisfying page-turner that will have you hooked

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I was sucked into this story right from the beginning because I was so intrigued by how these brothers all related to one another. I didn’t realize at first it was released in 2004, which could have something to do with the difference in writing and style and even subject matter. Whilst we have a mysterious incomer to the family in the form of an unexpected lodger, the title of this one could mean any member of this family, are they actually looking out for one another or just playing it that way on the surface. I think the only reason I finished is because I thought there must be some twist, some big ah-ha, but it was a waste. A hilarious, dead-on-target story from the New York Times bestselling author of The Family Upstairs.

Someone will get pregnant, someone will be in love with his brother's girlfriend, and a "friend of the family" like a wandering angel, will be there to pick up the pieces, reflect their problems back at them, and teach them to grow up. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.One of the things that Lisa Jewell always does so well is to drip feed a small amount of information at a time when it comes to character development so we find out something about one character and then the story moves on to find out whats going on with another character so you have to keep turning the pages and reading on to find out how that information fits with the story and how the other characters are going to react to that! Brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned had the perfect upbringing, but now that they are grown up, real life is starting to get in the way.

Tony's struggles with weight and his role as oldest brother cause him to evaluate his life in multiple ways. This may be partially my fault as i only knew Lisa Jewell as a thriller/mystery author, and A Friend of The Family certainly isnt that. The only reason I didn’t give it one star is because I did finish it so either I am a fool or it deserves two stars for tricking me into hanging in there.Ned left his girlfriend and took off to Australia, only to come back to his girlfriend with the perfect life, and all of his friends gone.

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