Coming Home by Sam Mariano
Series: Morelli Family #6
Also in this series: Accidental Witness, Surviving Mateo, Once Burned
Published by Self-published on September 7, 2017
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Home is where your heart is...
BOOK SIX in the Morelli Family series.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a standalone. Series must be read in order or you'll be lost.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Oh boy, oh man, oh Dio mio!
Coming Home is by far my favourite book in the series up to this point.. It freaked me out at times while still managing to keep me up way into the early hours of the morning. The title had me in a spin as soon as it was revealed. Who was coming home? Was it a reference to a person or a state of mind? This turned out to be a combination of both being relevant in different facets throughout the book.
If you have been following the Morelli Family series, you’ll understand there is an overriding plot slowly building between books that started with Accidental Witness. While this review is intended to be spoiler free, it may contain references to the previous books in the series.
“Some couples have rough patches, we have explosive mind wars.”
Mateo likes to keep his family life interesting. The arrangement he has going is fraught with potential complications and in this book they begin to surface. To the outsider, the family set up is weird but in control. That is until the proverbial hits the fan and hopes of a happy ever after start to shatter.
Like Mia, I am often guilty of viewing life through rose tinted glasses. We see the obvious, but need to believe there is a light shimmering through the darkness. It’s not naivety but a belief in humanity. It’s no surprise I am team Mia, but it doesn’t leave me without empathy for the mayhem she omits by her presence in the Morelli family.
Ms. Mariano introduces this book with a magical escape to lull us into a brief nirvana. The retreat melted my heart by having me fall a little harder for Mateo and totally forgetting the monster within. It was inevitable the reprieve couldn’t last.
When the drama slowly emerged I was shocked. Not that it happened but the way it panned out. The whole mess threw the participants into an out of control nightmare. It brought out unexpected emotions and revealed traits that in retrospect shouldn’t have surprised me but they did.
The suspense never wavered once the action kicked in and that was early on in the book. Circumstances forced me to read Coming Home over a few days. I read until I could no longer keep my eyes open. The story consumed every free moment and beyond. It haunted me in my sleep, waking up wondering if I had read it or dreamt the thoughts circling my mind. While I would have given anything to read it in in one sitting (possibly involving an all-nighter, this is a generously sized book!) I am glad I had time to process all that was happening.
Right from the beginning, I pegged this book as being a 5 Star read, never deviating from my initial opinion. This series is my kind of suspense story, continuing to produce plot twists that draw me further into Mateo’s world. We are left with a to-be-continued ending leaving me to contemplate a few theories as to who Mateo intends to visit. A deleted scene at the end of the book shines light on the catalyst that triggered the drama in this book and then a sneak peek of Last Words (Morelli Family, #7) which has me now in a spin wondering what the title is alluding to, just as Coming Home did! Thank goodness the wait between books in this series is never long.
5+ Straight to the 2017 Favourite Shelf Stars
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