This cosy murder is taking over TikTok

If you love whodunits, then Cara Hunter’s Murder in the Family should be at the very top of your reading list.

Murder mysteries are always a good way to unwind. Who can resist classics like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Poirot or Miss Marple, or Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano?

Yet, recently, our TikTok feeds were taken over by Cara Hunter’s latest murder mystery. Titled Murder in the Family, TikTokers all across the globe have been raving about this book, saying that they ‘couldn’t put it down’ and that the ending ‘blew their minds’. 

So, for the sake of science – and because any excuse is a good excuse to add another book to our collection – we got our hands on a copy to find out whether the hype is warranted.

The answer, just in case you’re wondering, is yes, it’s definitely worth the hype. 

The book tells the story of how a socialite’s husband was found murdered 20 years before at the foot of some steps in the garden of their London home. Yet unlike most crime novels, the author has chosen to present the information as a series of transcripts, text messages, and emails, as well as conversations between six fictional experts who, in the book, are part of a reality TV series directed by the victim’s stepson.

In a way, the reader gets the information at the same time the experts do, making it an intriguing read. In fact, right from the get-go, the story is insanely compelling, immersive, and downright addictive, with twists, turns, and red herrings that will absolutely not let you put the book down… No wonder Gilly MacMillan, the author of the bestselling psychological thriller The Long Weekend, referred to this book as ‘an excellent, wholly original whodunnit!’

The 480-page paperback – there is no hardback version as of yet – has been published by HarperCollins Publishers, and has already sold millions worldwide. We thoroughly recommend getting your hands on it and trying to figure out whether you can solve the mystery before the experts do! 

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