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  • Published: 17 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787633018
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $38.99

Not a Happy Family

the instant Sunday Times bestseller, from the #1 bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

The new unputdownable thriller from the 'queen of the one-sit read', multi-million-copy bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR. When an elderly couple are found murdered, could their children be responsible?

In this family, everyone is keeping secrets - even the dead.

In the quiet, wealthy enclave of Brecken Hill, an older couple is brutally murdered hours after a tense Easter dinner with their three adult children. Who, of course, are devastated.

Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their vindictive father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of them is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did someone snap after that dreadful evening? Or did another person appear later that night with the worst of intentions? That must be what happened. After all, if one of the family were capable of something as gruesome as this, you'd know.

Wouldn't you?

  • Published: 17 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787633018
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $38.99

About the author

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before writing fiction. Her debut thriller, The Couple Next Door, was a global bestseller, the bestselling fiction title in the UK in 2017 and has been optioned for television. Her thrillers A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, and Someone We Know were all Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers. Her fifth thriller, The End of Her, is coming soon.

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Praise for Not a Happy Family

Nobody does a vicious family circle like Shari Lapena. Highly recommended

Cara Hunter

In this fast-paced, twisted family saga, Shari Lapena keeps you guessing until the very last page

Paula Hawkins

Queen of the modern crime novel Shari Lapena is back with another tale of murder...Shari will keep you guessing until the very end

Sunday Express

A cross between Big Little Lies and Miss Marple, we reckon this one could be destined for the screen some time soon

Woman's Weekly

Dramatic, tense and satisfying murder mystery

My Weekly

A brilliant read


With wholly unlikeable characters and a fast-paced plot, this book will keep you guessing until the last page!


A deliciously dark family drama...Buckle up for a fast-paced drive into the damning and dysfunctional secrets of one family.

Magic Radio Book Club

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