eARC Review – Part of the Family

Title: Part of the Family

Author: Charlotte Philby

Publisher: The Borough Press

Publication date: January 26th, 2021

440 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

On the surface, Anna Witherall has the perfect life. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has an enviable job, beautiful home, and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. Their competent and capable nanny, Maria, is practically part of the family.

But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. Only one thing is certain: to protect her children, she must betray them.


This is a short review, as I really didn’t have much to say about this book. It wasn’t my favorite, though I am sure there is an audience for this one if you really love mysteries and thrillers.

The premise of this book really intrigued me and it had a lot of potential, but the outcome fell flat for me. I had a hard time following the timing of the events, the flashbacks and flash forwards were not well telegraphed. The POV’s also switched irregularly.

If you enjoy books with unreliable narrators and irredeemable characters, this book would be a good one for you. Even by the end of the book you’re not fully sure who was on what side.

I respect the ending. That’s all I will say about that.

Overall, it was a very average book for me and just didn’t capture my attention as much as I would have liked from a writing standpoint.

**Thank you to The Borough Press and Edelweiss for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Happy reading folks!

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