I love to follow publishing trends and one thing I’ve been seeing lately is books (and shows) about Evil Families. Here’s my list of Evil Family Mysteries and Thrillers, plus a few movies!
Evil Family Mysteries and Thrillers
I love a good story about a toxic fictional family, so I’ve been excited to see more and more mysteries and thrillers featuring back-stabbing, competitive, even murderous families. These families are often rich, with a lot of money to fight over.
Here’s my list of Evil Family Mysteries and Thrillers, with a few movies thrown in. If you have suggestions for my list, please tell me in the comments!
Evil Family Mysteries and Thrillers Published in 2022
The Family Game by Catherine Steadman
The family: Old Money Americans with a love for creepy games
When a thriller writer (yay) is marrying into an Old Money East Coast family, she learns that their eccentricity is as high as their bank balance. Creepy holiday games, anyone? And is one family member a murderer?
If you’ve read this one, please come and join my Spoiler Discussion for The Family Game!
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
The family: The matriarch of the ill-fated Darker family lives in a Gothic Victorian mansion by the sea in Cornwall coast.
The Darkers, Nana, parents Frank and Nancy, and their children, Rose, Lily, and Daisy, gather at the mansion with Trixie, Lily’s teenage daughter, and Conor a friend of the family. A storm hits and one by one, members of the Darker family die.
Evil Family Mysteries and Thrillers Published in 2021
Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena
The family: the Mertons, a couple with grown children and grandchildren, seem to have it all. Including a killer on their family tree.
Fred and Sheila, plus their grown children Dan, Catherine, and Jenna, gather for Easter dinner. The next day, Fred and Sheila are dead. Their children have a lot of resentment and stand to inherit millions, so did one of them do it?
The Family Plot by Megan Collins
The family: The Lighthouses, a true-crime obsessed family with more than a few skeletons in their closet.
Dahlia Lighthouse was raised on an island, in the shadow of her twin brother’s mysterious disappearance. When her father dies, she returns home for the memorial, where more than one body turns up.
How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie
The family: the Bernards.
When Grace’s rich biological father turns down her dying mother’s request for help, she decides to kill his entire side of the family. Oh, and she’s also in jail for murder, one she didn’t commit!
Evil Family Mysteries and Thrillers Published in 2020
He Started It by Samantha Downing
The family: The Morgans
Silbings Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan finally meet up when wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message. They and their partners must take a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and secure their inheritance. Everyone’s keeping secrets and trying to forget the past.
Evil Family Mysteries and Thrillers Published in 2019
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
The families: three families lived at Cheyne Walk in Chelsea. One day the police are called and find one crying baby, three dead bodies, and the mystery of four missing children.
This one is SO creepy and these families are truly twisted. I read the sequel, The Family Remains, which came out in 2022.
Please tell me about your favorite Evil Family Mysteries and Thrillers in comments and I will add them to the post!