One Big Happy Family by Jamie Day

 Sometimes, you just need a compelling mystery or thriller novel.  One Big Happy Family was one of those.

My Thoughts:

Charley spends her days working at The Precipice Hotel, a family owned business in Maine, saving money to assist her grandmother who is slowly succumbing to dementia. When the owner of the hotel dies, his three daughters come to the hotel to discuss their inheritance and future. The sisters are full of secrets form each other, a massive storm is brewing, a strange guest is also there, and murder is on the horizon. The sisters' secrets are finally coming to light, but will it happen before it's too late for someone?

This thriller is full of twists and turns as more and more family secrets come out during the storm. The setting is the perfect location for a murder mystery--an odd hotel right on the coast with a major storm hitting the area. A locked-room mystery told from the perspective of Charley the maid, murders are occurring and one of the characters has to be responsible for them. Could it be one of the three sisters? Their spouses or children? A hotel employee? A long night with the power out leads to so many possibilities. Day does a great job crafting a page turning mystery, leaving the reader wondering to the end what is going to happen next.

About One Big Happy Family:

The Precipice is a legendary, family-owned hotel on the rocky coast of Maine. With the recent passing of their father, the Bishop sisters—Iris, Vicki, and Faith—have come for the weekend to claim it. But with a hurricane looming and each of the Bishop sisters harboring dangerous secrets, there's murder in the air—and not everyone who checks into the Precipice will be checking out.

Each sister wants what is rightfully hers, and in the mix is the Precipe's nineteen-year-old chambermaid Charley Kelley: smart, resilient, older than her years, and in desperate straits.

The arrival of the Bishop sisters could spell disaster for Charley. Will they close the hotel? Fire her? Discover her habit of pilfering from guests? Or even worse, learn that she's using a guest room to hide a woman on the run.

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