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Review: The Other Brother by Lauren Baratz-Logsted



Blurb from Goodreads:
Veteran women's fiction writer Lauren Baratz-Logsted presents the moving story of a family disrupted by fame, perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer. 

Ever wonder what it must be like to be the younger sibling of someone so popular, princes and presidents are excited to meet him? Mona knows. Or thinks she does. Mona is married to Jack, younger brother to Denny Springer, lead singer for The Greatest Rock-and-Roll Band in the World. Jack happens to sing too, of course, not that anyone in the world notices very much. After Denny attends the family Easter dinner in London for the first time in decades, Mona invites Denny to join her and her family for the summer at a rental house in coastal Connecticut. She tells Denny it'll be a chance for him to finally bond with Jack, from whom Denny has been estranged for twenty years. Denny initially laughs at the idea…but then shows up on their doorstep. 

As the summer progresses, though, questions arise: Did Denny really have a change of heart and a sudden commitment to family? Or is he hiding something? More importantly, why did Mona invite him in the first place? Most importantly of all, how well do we ever really know anybody? 
My Review:
 
This was pretty meh, if I'm being honest. I think because I had read another book where the brother in law is a famous rock star and really liked it (read my review of The One You Really Want HERE), this one paled in comparison.  I also never connected with Mona, the MC.  She keeps kind of a big secret throughout the book and because of it she almost felt unreliable and like whenever really go to know her.  I appreciate that the secret was supposed to be a twist in the book but instead it felt weirdly deceptive.  You might have better luck!

The Other Brother comes out TODAY on August 7, 2018, and you can purchase HERE.
But then, as I stared out the front window, in my peripheral vision I saw a shadowy figure come around from the side of the house before beginning to move faster. It took me a while to realize what I was seeing. 
With the waves glistening in the background, under the moonlit sky, my brother-in-law was running on the deserted beach, alone.

Comments

  1. Shame this one didn't shine. I like the idea of exploring the family dynamic. It must be a weird situation to live in.

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