Friday 23 September 2022

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman BLOG TOUR @CatSteadman #TheFamilyGame @simonschusterUK @simonschusterPR @RandomTTours #BookReview



    1. Listen carefully

    2. Do your research

    3. Trust no one

    4. Run for your life 

Harriet Reed is newly engaged to Edward Holbeck, the heir to an extremely powerful American family.

When Edward’s father hands her a tape of a book he’s been working on, she is desperate to listen.

But as she presses play, it’s clear that this isn’t a novel. It’s a confession to murder.

Feeling isolated and confused, Harriet must work out if this is all part of a plan to test her loyalty. Or something far darker.

Because this might be a game to the Holbeck family - but games can still be deadly.


The Family Game by Catherine Steadman is published on 29 September 2022 by Simon and Schuster. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review as part of this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour.

The Family Game is a complex, multi layered novel that keeps the reader firmly on their toes. 

Harriet Reed is an English author, her debut novel was a runaway success and she's currently working on book two. Harriet met and fell in love with wealthy American Edward Holbeck and is now living with him in New York. Edward comes from a very rich and very powerful family. The Holbeck name is well known, yet Harriet has yet to meet them. 

When she accepts the invitation to the Holbeck Transgiving Dinner, she really doesn't know what she's letting herself in for, and when she meets Edward's father Robert, there's an instant spark. Is it a strange attraction, or is a meeting of minds? When Robert hands over a cassette containing a story that he has dictated, Harriet is intrigued. When she listens to it, she becomes very scared.  It is clear that Robert knows everything about Harriet, even the secret that she's kept since she was a child, the one that nobody else in the world knows about. 

The Holbeck family have many traditions, there are frightening games, almost tests. There's the Christmas festivities to get through and the almost impossible to solve treasure hunt, and there's an intricate maze in the grounds. Nothing is quite what it seems, can Harriet trust any of them?

This author cleverly builds up the tension within her story, leading the reader down their own maze of secrets and lies, often coming to a dead end and having to begin again. Opinions will change throughout the story, as revelations are made and family members start to feel threatened. 

Filled with suspense as Harriet slowly unpicks the multiple layers of this family and with shocks a plenty, this is a roller coaster ride with dips and swoops that I didn't anticipate and certainly didn't see coming. 

Well plotted with carefully created characters who will shock as much as the clever plot does. I enjoyed this and would recommend. 

Catherine Steadman is an actress and author based in London. 

She has appeared in leading roles on British and American television as well as on stage in the West End where she has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. 

Catherine’s first novel, Something in the Water, was a number one New York Times bestseller with rights sold in over thirty territories. It was also a Richard & Judy Book Club Pick. 

Her second novel, Mr Nobody, was published in 2020 and her third novel, The Disappearing Act, published in 2021.

Twitter @CatSteadman

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