The Family Game: A Novel Spiral-Bound | October 18, 2022

Catherine Steadman

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A rich, eccentric family. A time-honored tradition. Or a lethal game of survival? One woman is about to find out if she has what it takes to join her husband’s family in this riveting, must-read thriller from the author of Something in the Water.

  • Listen carefully
  • Do your research
  • Trust no one
  • Run for your life
    Harriet Reed, a novelist on the brink of literary stardom, is newly engaged to Edward Holbeck, the heir to an extremely powerful family. And even though he’s long tried to severed ties with them, news of their marital bliss has the Holbecks inching back into their lives.
    As Harriet is drawn into their lavish world, they seem perfectly welcoming. And when Edward’s father hands Harriet a tape of a book he’s been working on, she is desperate to listen.
    But as she presses play, it’s clear that this isn’t just a novel. It’s a confession.
    A confession to a grisly crime. A murder. And suddenly, the game is in motion.
    Feeling isolated and confused, Harriet must work out if this is part of a plan to test her loyalty. Or something far darker. What is it that he sees in her? Why give her the power to destroy everything?
    This might be a game to the Holbeck family—but losing games can still be deadly.

    Story Locale:New York, NY
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Original Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 336 pages
    ISBN-10: 0593158067
    Item Weight: 1.2 lbs
    Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
    Customer Reviews: 3 out of 5 stars 10,001 to 50,000 ratings
    Praise for The Family Game

    “The Holbecks are what you might come up with if you took the Roys from Succession and blended them with the Murdochs, the Macbeths, and the Borgias. . . . The mysteries accrue, as does our admiration for Steadman, whose gift for invention only increases with each novel. . . . Let the fun begin!.”The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
    “Both sharply modern and timeless, with strains of King Lear, Dickens, and P.D. James’s postwar holiday chillers.”—Flynn Berry, The Washington Post

    “[A] terrifically twisty thriller.”Good Housekeeping (UK)

    “Enter another book I’ve read in one sitting: The Family Game by Catherine Steadman. . . . [A] psychological thriller that’s a surefire must-read.”—New York Post

    “Truly creepy . . . highly imaginative, nail-biting, and great, rollicking fun.”—CrimeReads  

    “A powerful family and a deadly game: Be prepared for a nail-biting roller-coaster of a ride in Catherine Steadman’s classy and ingenious new thriller.”—B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors
    “Millionaires, marriage and murder make for a potent cocktail in this compelling tale set among the super-rich of New York’s elite.”—T. M. Logan, internationally bestselling author of Lies

    “Instantly compelling and filled with ingenious twists and brilliant characters . . . This is sublime thriller writing.”—B. P. Walter, author of The Couple’s Secret

    “Addictive . . . This pitch-dark fairy tale will leave most readers spellbound.”Publishers Weekly

    Praise for the novels of Catherine Steadman

    “Stylish, riveting, hugely atmospheric.”—Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List

    “Thrilling and thought-provoking.”—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Survive the Night

    “[A] tricky psychological puzzle . . . It’s a joy to encounter a suspenseful book whose turns lurk, rather than lumber, around the corner.”The New York Times Book Review

    “Twisty . . . highly imaginative . . . deliciously provocative.”The Washington Post

    “Perfectly thrilling.”Vanity Fair

    “Mesmerizing . . wildly imaginative . . . Suspense is peppered in all the right places.”—Associated Press
    Catherine Steadman is an actress and author based in London. She has appeared in leading roles on British and American television as well as on stage in the West End, where she has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. She grew up in the New Forest, Hampshire, and now lives in North London with her husband and daughter. Catherine's first novel, Something in the Water, was a New York Times bestseller with rights sold in over thirty territories. She is also the author of Mr. Nobody and The Disappearing Act.

    Author Residence: London, England

    Author Hometown: New Forest, UK