Six Wicked Reasons – Jo Spain

It’s June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Lattimer vanishes, presumed dead. The strain of his disappearance breaks his already fragile family.

Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam’s reappearance poses more questions than answers. The past is a tangled web of deceit.

And, as tension builds, it’s apparent somebody has planned murderous revenge for the events of ten years ago.

About the Author:

Jo Spain is the author of the Inspector Tom Reynolds series. Her first book, top ten bestseller With Our Blessing, was a finalist in the 2015 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller. The Confession her first standalone thriller, was a number one bestseller and translated all over the world.
Jo is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a former political advisor in the Irish parliament and former vice-chair of InterTrade Ireland business body.
She now writes novels and screenplays full-time. Her first co-written TV show TAKEN DOWN was broadcast in Ireland in 2018 and bought by international distributors Fremantle.
Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four young children. In her spare time (she has four children, there is no spare time really) she likes to read. Her favourite authors include Pierre Lemaitre, Jo Nesbo, Liane Moriarty, Fred Vargas and Louise Penny. She also watches TV detective series and was slightly obsessed with The Bridge, Trapped and The Missing.
Jo thinks up her plots on long runs in the woods. Her husband sleeps with one eye open and all her friends have looked at her strangely since she won her publishing deal.

My Review:

Wow – Jo Spain really does like writing twisty, twisted tales and Six Wicked Reasons is a complex but addictive psychological thriller which will keep even the most clued up armchair detective spinning back and forth.

This book reminded me of Succession, a brilliant American TV series about a dysfunctional family with a controlling father – and if you haven’t watched it yet – you must.  Anyway, back to this book.  Set in Wexford, Ireland, Kathleen and Frazer Lattimer have a large family with 3 daughters and 3 sons and ten years ago Adam disappears without a trace aged 21, leaving his family confused, angry and about to self-destruct.

Ten years later Adam returns and all siblings reluctantly return home to find out what happened.  Each sibling is hiding a secret and each have their own reasons not to want to return and face their family.  When Frazer, their controlling, bullying and often sadistic father decides to host a party aboard a yacht, nine people get on the yacht but only eight get off.

One member of the family is murdered, but who did it and why?  Six Wicked Reasons is a claustrophobic and atmospheric murder mystery with a very dark edge. The chapters alternate between the past and present day giving each of the six children their chance to tell the reader their story and believe me when I say this is one truly dysfunctional family.

I loved it and thoroughly recommend it to fans of twisty, dark thrillers.  5 stars from me.

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