Home Is Where the Bodies Are

Home Is Where the Bodies Are

Unabridged — 8 hours, 27 minutes

Home Is Where the Bodies Are

Home Is Where the Bodies Are

Unabridged — 8 hours, 27 minutes

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When the past unexpectedly comes back, it's up to three siblings to decide what happens next. This harrowing thriller is unique in premise, sharp in prose and rich in twists, turns and every other form of misdirection. With underlying themes of family and how our pasts define us, there are layers to peel back to get the full scope of the story.

From New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Marriage and You Shouldn't Have Come Here comes a chilling family thriller about the (sometimes literal) skeletons in the closet.

After their mother passes, three estranged siblings reunite to sort out her estate. Beth, the oldest, never left home. She stayed with her mom, caring for her until the very end. Nicole, the middle child, has been kept at arm's length due to her ongoing battle with a serious drug addiction. Michael, the youngest, lives out of state and hasn't been back to their small Wisconsin town since their father ran out on them seven years before.

While going through their parents' belongings, the siblings stumble upon a collection of home videos and decide to revisit those happier memories. However, the nostalgia is cut short when one of the VHS tapes reveals a night back in 1999 that none of them have any recollection of. On screen, their father appears covered in blood. What follows is a dead body and a pact between their parents to get rid of it, before the video abruptly ends.

Beth, Nicole, and Michael must now decide whether to leave the past in the past or uncover the dark secret their mother took to her grave.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

02/05/2024

Secrets await when the late Laura Thomas’s adult children return to the rural community of Allen’s Grove, Wis., to settle her estate in the taut if occasionally far-fetched latest from bestseller Rose (You Shouldn’t Have Come Here). Dutiful eldest sibling Beth feels drained from juggling her factory job with caring for her cancer-stricken mother, whose husband disappeared seven years earlier. Meanwhile, strung-out middle child Nicole is fighting a losing battle with addiction, and Michael, the youngest, is a tech entrepreneur in California who wants as little as possible to do with the rest of his family. As the trio, who take turns narrating, sort through Laura’s belongings, they stumble across a smoking gun: a 1999 VHS tape showing their bloodied father, a dead body, and their distraught mother agreeing to help dispose of it. Unsure what to do about the discovery, the squabbling siblings agree that Beth and Nicole will start sleuthing, and they’ll formulate a decision based on their findings. In short order, someone breaks into the house, Laura’s diaries reveal a spate of chilling clues, and the siblings begin to see their parents in a new, unflattering light. Though a few of the plot twists strain credulity, Rose demonstrates a formidable command of character. The author’s fans will enjoy the ride. Agent: Sandy Lu, Book Wyrm. (Apr.)

New York Times bestselling author of Only if You&# Stacy Willingham

A dark and twisty take on grief, sibling rivalry, and the bodies, quite literally, buried in one family’s past, Home Is Where the Bodies Are is a wild ride filled with 90s nostalgia and knife-sharp observations that will make readers wonder just how well they know their own parents.”

New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman M Mary Kubica

Home Is Where the Bodies Are is fast-paced and propulsive with characters you truly empathize with and an ending so surprising and satisfying, you’ll immediately recommend this book to all of your friends. This is Jeneva Rose at her best.”

author of Midnight Is the Darkest Hour Ashley Winstead

“Home is Where the Bodies Are is a master thriller writer’s deliciously f*cked-up answer to The Inheritance Games, pitting three flawed siblings against one another in the wake of their mother’s death and shocking will. Only, in true Jeneva Rose fashion, there’s a devious, life-changing twist: Mom and Dad may have committed murder, and the family inheritance is actually a legacy of violence that threatens to ensnare the siblings for good. Sharp writing, a breakneck pace, and a surprisingly tender heart make this story of familial loyalty, grief, and murder impossible to put down.”

#1 New York Times bestselling author of All Good P Ashley Flowers

It’s an odd feeling to read something that feels so nostalgic and relatable yet still surprises you at the turn of every page. Home Is Where the Bodies Are is fast-paced and fresh and will have you rushing to your parents’ attic to unearth your own dark family secrets.”

internationally bestselling author of The Marsh Ki Karen Dionne

Home Is Where the Bodies Are by Jeneva Rose is a tense and harrowing story of family tragedy, lifelong secrets, and unresolved childhood jealousies. Rose’s deep insight into the complexities of human nature and her gorgeous prose carried me along in a single breathless read. Deeply moving and utterly engaging, readers will love this book!”

New York Times bestselling author of The Kind Wort Peter Swanson

A gripping tale of buried secrets penned by one of the best. Plenty of lies, and plenty of sinister videotapes.”

#1 New York Times bestselling author of None of Th Lisa Jewell

With atmospheric prose and a propulsive plot, Home Is Where the Bodies Are is an emotionally charged, twisty, and haunting thriller you won’t soon forget.”

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

Shockingly clever! Jeneva Rose plumbs the depths of how well we know the people we love to new and terrifying effects. Will grip you till the climactic end.”

internationally bestselling author of The Revenge Hannah Mary McKinnon

Secrets, lies, estranged siblings, and a decades-old mystery that’s clambering its way to the surface one victim at a time—Home Is Where the Bodies Are has it all and then some. This original, fast-paced, flawless thriller had me switching allegiances and theories about who- and whydunit as I frantically turned the pages to get to the truth. Jeneva Rose is a powerhouse of an author, and an exceptionally talented writer. Sign me up for whatever she comes up with next!”

Kirkus Reviews

2024-02-03
Three siblings on very different paths learn that their family home may be haunted by secrets.

Eldest daughter Beth is alone with her fading mother as she takes her final breath and says something about Beth’s long-departed brother and sister, who may not have disappeared forever. Beth is still reeling from the loss of her mother when her estranged siblings show up. Michael, the youngest, hasn’t been home since their father’s disappearance seven years ago. In the meantime, he’s outgrown his siblings, trading his share of the family troubles for a high-paying job in San Jose. Nicole, the middle child, has been overpowered by addiction and prioritized tuning out reality over any sense of responsibility, much to Beth’s disgust. Though their mother’s death marks an ending for the family, it’s also a beginning, as the three siblings realize when they find a disturbing videotape among their parents’ belongings. The video, from 1999, sheds suspicion on their father’s disappearance, linking it to a long-unsolved neighborhood mystery. Was it just a series of unfortunate circumstances that broke the family apart, or does something more sinister underlie the sadness they’ve all found in life? In chapters that rotate among the family’s first-person narratives, the siblings take turns digging up stories and secrets in their search for solace.

Answers are hard to come by in this twisting tale designed to trick and delight.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159603258
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 340,969
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