• The Family Plot

  • A Novel
  • By: Megan Collins
  • Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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By: Megan Collins
Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
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Publisher's Summary

A Highly Anticipated, Best Book of August Selected By * Popsugar * E! News * Lifesavvy * Crimereads * And More!

“Exceedingly entertaining.” (The New York Times)
Umbrella Academy meets Tana French. Dark, claustrophobic, and beautifully written.” (Andrea Bartz, author of We Were Never Here)

From the author of The Winter Sister and Behind the Red Door, a family obsessed with true crime gathers to bury their patriarch - only to find another body already in his grave.

At 26, Dahlia Lighthouse is haunted by her upbringing. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she is unable to move beyond the disappearance of her twin brother, Andy, when they were 16.

After several years away and following her father’s death, Dahlia returns to the house, where the family makes a gruesome discovery: buried in their father’s plot is another body - Andy’s, his skull split open with an ax.

Dahlia is quick to blame Andy’s murder on the serial killer who terrorized the island for decades, while the rest of her family reacts to the revelation in unsettling ways. Her brother, Charlie, pours his energy into creating a family memorial museum, highlighting their research into the lives of famous murder victims; her sister, Tate, forges ahead with her popular dioramas portraying crime scenes; and their mother affects a cheerfully domestic facade, becoming unrecognizable as the woman who performed murder reenactments for her children. As Dahlia grapples with her own grief and horror, she realizes that her eccentric family, and the mansion itself, may hold the answers to what happened to her twin.

©2021 Megan Collins Hatfield. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • 08-17-21

Weird and boring

This book had an interesting premise, but was not well executed.

It could have been much more suspenseful. There were several big reveals in the first few chapters, then it was just a tedious slog until the end. It was very boring and the characters were one dimensional.

The "surprise twist"about the grandparents' murders is ridiculous! Give me a break. The ending is also preposterous.


The writing style was a bit wooden and the narration was stilted. I was disappointed in this one.

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  • 11-29-22

Waste of credit

I had high hopes for this one but it's just awful. Do not recommend

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Just weird and random

This reads like it was made up on the spot and the author was trying to come up with strange explanations for even stranger behavior. Very odd .

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Liked it but not sure about the ending...

Surely have never read anything like it!

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very intense. keeps you turning the pages..

good good good. you will keep turning tje pages to the end of the book.

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Twisty and turny

This book was full of twists and turns that kept me guessing as to who the killer(s) were/was.

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straight road

the story is good, but I saw almost every "twist" coming. well detailed, but nothing shocking

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Good plot twist

This book had me guessing till the end! Great read.. can’t wait to read another one!

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This was just Okay

This book was just ok. It was very hard to believe the relationship between the family members. But they did have me on hook the entire time to find out whodunnit. The narrator was good and I think that helped me keep with the story as well.

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Seriously boring

I wanted to like this book but I found my brain wandering off to other things every time I tried to listen to it. I made it through half and called it quits.

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  • 01-25-22

Fresh and compelling

I wasn't sure I was going to like this at first, but once it got going, I couldn't stop listening. Both a twisty serial killer mystery, and a critique on the modern obsession for consuming True Crime, I was never sure exactly where it was going next. A very good listen.