SOMEBODY’S HOME | Kaira Rouda
01.18.0222 | Thomas & Mercer
Rating: 3/5 stars
Julie Jones has finally decided it’s time to leave her marriage. With her teenage daughter, Jess, she’s starting over in a new house in Oceanside. It comes with a bit of the unexpected. The previous owners, a pastor and his wife, have left something – or rather someone – behind. Tom Dean has a bitter hatred for the father who considers him a lost cause and for the woman who moved into their family’s house. It’s the only home he’s ever known and he is never going to leave. Julie thinks he’ll be gone in three days, but Tom has the perfect plan. What Julie thought was the beginning of a fresh start is looking more like the beginning of a nightmare.
SOMEBODY’S HOME unravels the story of two families colliding through alternating narratives from various family members. The story builds slowly as we get to know each character, what makes them tick, and their feelings on their current situations. I struggled a lot with this book in the beginning because of how overly unlikeable the male characters are. I know that they’re supposed to be this way, but there were times I contemplated DNFing this book because of them. I’m glad I stuck it out because I thought the second half of the book was much more interesting with all the drama building to a breaking point. The plot is definitely interesting, but a bit over the top at many points. Despite this book not working perfectly for me, I do think other readers will enjoy it more.
A huge thank you to Get Red PR and Thomas & Mercer for my gifted copy!
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