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The Family Game
The Family Game: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
A rich, eccentric family. A time-honored tradition. Or a lethal game of survival? One woman finds out what it really takes to join the 1% in this riveting psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water. Harry is a novelist on the brink of stardom; Edward, her husband-to-be, is seemingly perfect. In love and freshly engaged, their bliss is interrupted by the reemergence of the Holbecks, Edward's eminent family and the embodiment of American old money. For years, they've dominated headlines and pulled societys strings, and Edward left them all behind to forge his own path. But there are eyes and ears everywhere. It was only a matter of time before they were pulled back in . . . After all, even though he's long severed ties with his family, Edward is set to inherit it all. Harriet is drawn to the glamour and sophistication of the Holbecks, who seem to welcome her with open arms, but everything changes when she meets Robert, the inescapably magnetic head of the family. At their first meeting, Robert slips Harry a cassette tape, revealing a shocking confession which sets the inevitable game in motion. What is it about Harry that made him give her that tape? A thing that has the power to destroy everything? As she ramps up her quest for the truth, she must endure the Holbecks savage Christmas traditions all the while knowing that losing this game could be deadly.
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Jnnlb
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quick read but predictable

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candc320
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This was a fun wild ride of a book! The family at the center of this is TWISTED! There were some plot holes (I don‘t want to give anything away) and it was super easy to figure out the twist but it was still entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the parts dealing with the actual games. They were really descriptive and went a long way to bringing the story to life. If you liked the movie Ready or Not you‘ll probably enjoy this! 🌟🌟🌟💫

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Lesliereadsalot
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This one‘s a gripper, even though I figured out the gist of it about 2/3 of the way through. Novelist Harry is about to marry into one of the wealthiest families alive. Think Rockefeller as an example. But this family is intent on playing games, some with disastrous consequences. Will she get out of this alive? Kept me reading to the end.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Panpan

Fast-paced thriller about a woman marrying into a wealthy family. I am all for suspending belief, but this plot is ludicrous. The “games” played by the family are bizarre, and the main character was infuriatingly clueless for a thriller writer. You can drive a truck through all the plot holes and nonsensical logic. I saw the “twist” a mile away, but the ending was also confusingly executed. The whole thing is just absurd, and not in a fun way. 2⭐️

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Eringogreen
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Is this in reference to Josef Fritzl?

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swishandflick
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Panpan

Well the upside is that I was able to knock one more book out in 2022. The downside is that I thought the plot was nonsensical and I could probably drive a freight train through those plot holes. Definitely my least favorite book of the month (out of 23 total 😂), but I guess it's only up from here in the New Year! After trying a couple of her books, I think it's safe to say Steadman is not the author for me 🙅🏽‍♀️

Happy New Year's, y'all! 🥂

Leftcoastzen Don‘t hold back , tell us how you really feel! 😂unfortunately, this is on my TBR , maybe I‘ll let it fall behind the sofa.😁 1mo
Jemgirl2014 I only liked the Krampus scene. 😂 1mo
bthegood Happy New Year - 1mo
swishandflick @Leftcoastzen Haha, new year, same me! 😂 1mo
swishandflick @bthegood Happy New Year! 1mo
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alecia3dixie
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Mehso-so

So I started liking this one right away. But a lot went down hill. A lot of things were sooo convenient for the main character. Also the story is just absolutely absurd. There are sooo many plot holes. But I still found myself enjoying the story. So as long as you can really stretch your belief and not think about it too much, it's a fun ride. 3/5

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Mehso-so

Continuing with the weekend of reading! I finished my #jolabokaflodswap book this morning. I liked it but I wish the ending had been stronger. Maybe less abrupt? You know that feeling when you can see there aren‘t that many pages left and you wonder how the author can wrap things up in time? I was still feeling that way with like 20 pages to go. And then 10. Still, a twisty winter thriller!

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A_yesha
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Mehso-so

The family game : 4 stars
I hope you guys like it

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bekakins
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Mehso-so

Meh. This was my festive book club read and it was all a bit far fetched for me. Read it super fast which goes in its favour and it was gripping but just not remotely believable.

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mcipher
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In San Francisco for my company holiday party, so I took some time today to get my nails done and try a few beers with this twisty holiday book to get myself in the spirit 🎄 🍻 💅 📚

kspenmoll Looks like fun! 2mo
HOTPock3tt I was in San Francisco in February. Such a fun place!! I hope you enjoy!! 🎉💖 I also love a good beer flight 😎lol! (edited) 2mo
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Tiffiney
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I really liked this one! I had no idea the direction it was going to take. It held my interest from beginning to end. This is her best book so far IMO ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TheHungryBookworms
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Mehso-so

Interesting book. Very engaging but kind of predictable. 🌟🌟🌟

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Breanne1
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My last read of November was a fun one!! Enjoyed this domestic thriller that was perfect for this time of year considering the plot takes place from thanksgiving to Christmas 🎄 #botm

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papascott33
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#15 of 2022 (Since July 9th) #BOTM October
Started: 11/26/22
Finished: 12/4/22
9 Days

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BookishTrish
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I found this thriller to be a load of dark, twisty fun. It certainly kept me guessing. Minor complaint: the fiancé didn‘t feel as fully fleshed out as a character as he could‘ve been.

kstadt929 Thank you for this review. I‘ve had this one on hold through Libby and still a few weeks out I think! 2mo
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marleed
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Well, this is a creepy fun dysfunctional family during the holidays type of read. I wasn‘t sure if I was going to like Harriet as the protagonist, but I found myself rooting for her all the way through.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Good enough to keep my interest, but a reminder that I‘m tired of the not good/marred/wounded main character with the difficult past falling in love with a billionaire. Also, the weird sexual tension with the future father-in-law? No, ma‘am. No, thank you. However, the writing wasn‘t annoying like I‘ve seen in other thrillers, so I‘m good with it.

Librariana When I read your line about the sexual tension with the future father-in-law, I said "eww!" out loud ? 2mo
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Nessavamusic
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I had big hopes for this, it being compared frequently to Ready or Not (a great movie). However, I‘m bailing at 35%. I‘m not liking our protagonist & there are some things that make me uncomfortable.

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BeeMagical
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Book 200📚🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
4⭐️

This was my favourite of the “rich family” books I‘ve read recently! Very twisty!

Lots of murder, lots of secrets and LOTS of money 💰

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Jemgirl2014
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Why oh why does this book have to have a ridiculous twist? If not for it”The Family Game” would have easily been one of the best thrillers I have ever read. I was totally digging Harriet and her interactions with the Holbeck family and their weird traditional holiday games. I was intensely invested in seeing how she would beat the patriarch Holbeck at his own sadistic game. Then the twist came and blew the entire plot to hell. So disappointed.⭐️⭐️

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Erinreadsthebooks
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One hundred and sixteen pages in and I‘ve seen this word twice. It‘s working my nerves and I‘m not sure why… 🤨🧐🙃

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BBooks
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Just released this month and now I have to wait for her next book to gobble up 📚📚

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VRM1975
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nitalibrarian
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Library is closed today. I'm hoping to finish this book today. I'm enjoying this book, though I trust no one, not even the the main character.

Alfoster Exactly! This one was chilling!😬 3mo
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BookLineNSinker
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I liked this one a lot, but I'm a fan of all of Steadman's books so far. This one I got on audio and I loved the narration which was done by the author. I usually enjoy when an author narrates because they are telling the story exactly how they want it to be heard. And this one did not disappoint! Harriett is about to marry the man she loves. Everything would be perfect, if it weren't for the strange games the family plays... Or would it?

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Lizthewiz
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The last 100 pages had me on edge. Whew child. It was intense. Definitely a good book. Kind of a slow build with some excitement throughout. I sort of saw the twist coming, I like to figure it out before I get to the twist. Good night!

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Twainy
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🎧 a BOTM thriller rife with suspense & a good twist.

Rich family, first heir‘s GF is pregnant. Everyone has secrets they‘d literally kill to keep. No one is 100% likable & this family plays psychologically if not physically damaging mind games.

Started slow. Ended with a bang.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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suvata
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#Litsy Fun and Games
Hmmm … What will end up being my favorite book for 2022?
This is getting harder and harder each month. #SoManyGoodBooks
Thanks to @chasjjlee for designing the template.
#bookstagram #modernmrsdarcybookclub #BestBookIn2022

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Charityann
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Enjoyed this one! Nice twist. 📖🎃📚 #scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

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TorieStorieS
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Wowza!! Steadman‘s 4th novel is definitely my favorite! I absolutely couldn‘t put it down!! With a surprising plot, great characters & plenty of tension, this is a real page turner!! Taking place over the holiday season, author & orphan, Harry Reed is excited & understandably apprehensive meeting her uber-wealthy future in-laws. Fiancé Edward stepped back from the family, but Harry takes part in some crazy traditions & uncovering family secrets!

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Kappadeemom
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Advanced copy 💙💙💙💙

MyNamesParadise Ooooh I‘m excited for this one! Can‘t wait to see what you think of it! 3mo
Kappadeemom @MyNamesParadise loved it so much!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3mo
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littlebeesreads
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suvata
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• Expected publication date is October 18, 2022.

Harriet Reed, mystery writer, has a whirlwind affair with Edward Holbeck, is the estranged heir to a very wealthy and influential family. After Harry and Edward get engaged and are expecting a child they decide to reconcile with the Holbeck‘s. This family likes to play “games” and have some very disturbing secrets. Harriet can play their games because she has a dark secret of her own. 5-Stars

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I chose this one for my #BOTM! 4mo
suvata @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you like it as much as I did 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @suvata sounds really good!! 4mo
suvata @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was. Highly recommended. 4mo
BookLineNSinker I really liked this review. I loved the book too! 3mo
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ICantImReading
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Christmas, but make it sinister! I had a lot of fun with this thriller! The ending gets a little crazy and some things were a bit illogical… but I couldn‘t put it down and appreciated the fresh storyline! #BOTM

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Julsmarshall
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I‘m a sucker for a rich people doing bad things thriller. #BOTM got me again! And I couldn‘t resist this sequel :) And I wanted 3 more!

OriginalCyn620 I picked the exact same books! 4mo
papascott33 Me too! Sounds like it‘s going to be great! 4mo
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Alfoster
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Adore her books! This one gives a new meaning to “game” though; it‘s diabolical, creepy, and mind-bending! Harriet meets fiancé, Edward‘s wealthy family and is sucked into a web of deceit, secrets, and unspeakable horrors (and a meet-up with Krampus), evil “twin of St. Nick. Don‘t read with the lights off!?
#NetGalley Out 11/22

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