Book Review: Home is Where the Bodies Are by Jeneva Rose


My book review of Home is Where the Bodies Are by Jeneva Rose. This book is a must-read for thriller enthusiasts and anyone looking for a gripping story that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.

Title: Home is Where the Bodies Are

By: Jeneva Rose

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 256

Release Date: April 30th, 2024

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Inc

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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 parent’s 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.


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This read is an absolute page-turner that kept me hooked from the very first sentence. Rose has masterfully crafted a story that combines suspense, intrigue, and a touch of dark humor to create an unforgettable reading experience.

The plot revolves around the seemingly idyllic life of a small-town family that quickly unravels as dark secrets come to light. Rose's ability to develop complex, multi-dimensional characters is truly impressive. Each character is meticulously detailed, making it easy for readers to feel a deep connection with them.

One of the standout aspects of this novel is Rose's skillful pacing. The narrative moves at a brisk pace, with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, Rose threw in another curveball that left me eagerly turning the pages. The suspense builds steadily, and the climax is both satisfying and unexpected.

Moreover, Rose's writing style is both elegant and accessible. Her vivid descriptions and keen attention to detail create a rich, immersive atmosphere that draws readers into the world she has created. The dialogue is sharp and realistic, adding depth to the characters and authenticity to their interactions.

"Home Is Where the Bodies Are" is more than just a thriller; it's a profound exploration of human nature, trust, and the lengths to which people will go to protect their secrets. Jeneva Rose has delivered a novel that is not only entertaining but also thought-provoking.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with well-developed characters and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Jeneva Rose has proven herself to be a formidable talent in the thriller genre, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

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