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  • 23 of 65 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Putnam Public Library.

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13 current holds with 65 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Putnam Public Library LAPENA (Text to phone) 33610148408047 New Material Checked out 12/14/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984880550
  • ISBN: 1984880551
  • ISBN: 9780593299913
  • ISBN: 0593299914
  • Physical Description: xii, 349 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2021]

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Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there, and Fred and Sheila Merton certainly are rich. But even all their money can't protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered after a fraught Easter dinner with their three adult kids. 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 the siblings 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.
Subject: Families > Fiction.
Rich people > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
Upstate New York (N.Y.) > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction.
Suspense fiction.

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Not a Happy Family : A Novel
Not a Happy Family : A Novel
by Lapena, Shari
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After a particularly contentious dinner with their three adult children, Fred and Sheila Merton are murdered in cold blood at their home in a wealthy, upstate New York neighborhood. Immediately, the children begin to suspect each other and those in their orbit: the longtime housekeeper, who was also listed in the will; a bitter aunt who has always disliked them; as well as others who may have their eye on the Mertons' vast estate. Everyone has a motive, and, as alibis begin slipping away, the Merton children become increasingly suspicious and accusatory of each other. This story is fast paced and character-driven, with the points of view bouncing back and forth between the Merton children as well as among other central characters. More of a murder mystery than a psychological thriller, this ensnaring story will please readers of Lapena's previous books (Someone We Know, 2019). In a story where each character plays a bit of the villain role, the readers can feel a little glee in their schadenfreude over the members of this "Not Happy Family."

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Not a Happy Family : A Novel
Not a Happy Family : A Novel
by Lapena, Shari
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After an Easter dinner with their three adult children, filthy-rich Fred and Sheila Mercer are murdered at their fancy Brecken Hill sprawl in upstate New York. The children stand to inherit millions; was one of them responsible? From the multi-million-copy best-selling Lapena; with a 100,000-copy first printing.


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