The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler

A mother who disappeared… 
When Beth was 10 years old, her beautiful, wild mother Alice walked out and never came back. Beth’s life since hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but now she is happy and settled, with a successful career, a loving family and a beautiful home. 
An unexpected visitor…
Then one day there’s a knock at the door. Alice has returned. Overjoyed to have the chance to rebuild their relationship, Beth invites her mother to move in.
A life that comes crashing down…
At first, everything seems wonderful. But then Beth’s friends begin to drift away, strange things start to happen at home, and rumours begin to circle about her past. As the mysterious events around Beth become darker and more dangerous, she is forced to question everything. Is somebody in her life trying to destroy her happiness? And how far will they go?

My Thoughts


When Beth was ten years old, her mother Alice walked out and never came back. Despite her rather troubled childhood, Beth has spent a lot of time coming to terms with the way her mother abandoned her, and now she is finally happy and settled in her own life, with a loving family and a home she is proud to call her own.

Her life is turned upside down when her mother suddenly turns up on her doorstep thirty years after walking away without so much as a backward glance. At first, Beth feels as though her life is finally complete, but her happiness is short lived when Beth’s life starts to fall apart around her, and she is left questioning who is behind the threats on her happiness, and how far they are willing to go in the process.

After reading Jackie Kabler’s previous thriller ‘The Perfect Couple’ I had high expectations, and I certainly wasn’t left disappointed!. Beth is one of those characters that you connect with instantly, and the more I learnt about her and her troubled past, the more my heart went out to this woman who had strived to give her children the life she never had. The relationship she shares with her children is wonderful and adds even more depth to this story.

Although we are aware that Beth is carrying a secret from early on in the story, the suspense that built around this well hidden secret is utterly captivating and had me on the edge of my seat as the plot progressed. With a strong cast of characters, and incredible dialogue created by the author, you find yourself fully immersed in their lives and the drama that surrounds them.

The storyline is wonderfully structured and perfectly paced, allowing the tension and suspense to build with each passing chapter which kept me engrossed to the very end. With an abundance of twists and turns, this is an utterly chilling story that I read in one sitting as I couldn’t bare not knowing the how the story would come to it’s conclusion. This is definitely a book that will sit firmly on my ‘must read’ list for 2021.

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About the Author

Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC. The Happy Family is her sixth book; previous novels include the international bestseller The Perfect Couple. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.

Social Media Links

Twitter @jackiekabler

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, One More Chapter and Jackie Kabler for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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