Family Ties Family Lies

Fiction - Womens
318 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Family Ties Family Lies is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction, interpersonal drama, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Jacqueline Boulden, this interesting and detailed story delves into the challenges of secrets in a small town, focusing on Rose Webster, a photojournalist facing uncertainty after an incident at a rally. The narrative takes an unexpected turn when Rose is called to care for her ailing mother in upstate New York. As she navigates her mother's health issues, Rose stumbles upon her late father's personal items, unveiling a secret life. The story unfolds with Rose determined to discover the truth, regardless of the consequences.

Author Jacqueline Boulden has crafted a captivating reading experience that offers a balanced blend of intrigue and emotion amidst all the family secrets, personal discoveries, and complexities of small-town life. The narrative is both engaging and thought-provoking, and it is penned with such tenderness as we see Rose become more and more deeply involved with the secrets exposed, and as her emotional processing of what she thought she knew shifts and changes. I felt that the exploration of themes like identity, familial bonds, and the impact of hidden truths was really intelligently handled without any over-sensationalizing, and this naturalistic feel gives the work its most compelling dramatic moments. Rose's journey of self-discovery and reflection gives the novel a realism that keeps readers totally invested in Rose as a very real person and intrigued right up until the final revelation. Overall, Family Ties Family Lies offers a poignant reflection on the intricate dynamics of family relationships and the consequences of hidden truths, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to fans of women’s fiction and family dramas everywhere.

Nino Lobiladze

Rose, a photojournalist, is injured during a rally in Philadelphia and cannot proceed with her journalistic career as her right arm is broken. Then, Rose learns from Aunt Tess that her mother, Carly, has fallen. Rose returns to her childhood home at Lake Amelia to find out that Carly's diagnosis is frightening. Rose must stay at Lake Amelia to take care of her. But this town has its secrets. Deputy Maxi Stover investigates the recent thefts of bikes. One day, Rose finds an old photograph in one of her father's books in the attic. Who is KNT whose inscriptions are in the books? Why was her brother, Kirk, so angry with their father, Randall? Will Rose unravel the old family secret? Family Ties Family Lies by Jacqueline Boulden is for fans of women's fiction, family drama, suspense, and psychological thrillers.

In Family Ties Family Lies, Jacqueline Boulden explores the inner world of the main character, Rose, who faces midlife challenges. Rose is a fascinating and complex character. Sometimes, Rose's curiosity pushes her over the edge and even puts her in danger. Jacqueline describes her honestly and straightforwardly, allowing us to decide whether Rose is right or wrong in her resolve to discover the truth no matter what. The novel offers us intriguing family dynamics. Rose's stubborn desire to solve the family secret and her responsibility to keep Carly's peace of mind intact create the main conflict in the narrative. The author points out that parents' choices can influence their children even years later. Family Ties Family Lies is a beautifully written and well-balanced book. I eagerly followed Rose in her investigation of the old family mystery. I enjoyed the engaging subplot with an unpredictable twist and the larger-than-life character of Maxi Stover.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

In Family Ties Family Lies, author Jacqueline Boulden explores Rose Webster's life after she's injured while photographing a riot. As she is out of work and healing, she learns her mother needs her help, and she rushes to her hometown in Lake Amelia. Rose's mother is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and she asks Rose to pull out some photo albums from the attic. Rose stumbles upon a set of albums and a picture that points to a part of her father's life that she hadn't known about. Determined to learn more, Rose researches the initials on the book and asks for help. No one close to her mother is willing to address the issue, but Rose discovers more than she expected, giving her a better understanding of her father and her family.

Jacqueline Boulden's story will immediately draw in readers! The first chapter is full of action, and Rose's journey continues to unearth pieces of her father's life that are truly intriguing. Every family has something interesting in their past, but the Websters have the material for the first season of a television series in the pages of Boulden's novel! The characters' descriptions are wound into the dialogue and Rose's thoughts, eliminating drawn-out explanations and unnecessary information. Boulden's journalism background shines through as she fine-tunes details and weaves in a light mystery in addition to the one her protagonist solves. Readers who enjoy women's fiction and family dramas with a touch of mystery and suspense will love Family Ties Family Lies.