Book Review: The Wrong’un by Catherine Evans

Meet the Newells, a big family of good lookers and hard grafters. 

From their sleepy working class backwater, the siblings break into Oxford academia, London’s high life, the glossy world of magazine publishing and the stratospheric riches of New York’s hedge funds. 

Then there’s Paddy, the wrong’un in their midst, who prefers life’s dark underbelly. 

As things fall apart around his sister Bea, is Paddy behind it all? And why does matriarch Edie turn a blind eye to her son’s malevolence? Will she stand by and watch while he wrecks the lives of her other children? Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to protect her son?



I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There’s always something about books that delve into family secrets and drama that are just so dang appealing. I suppose part of it is that it’s not appropriate in real life, but books let us do just that without having to worry about what happens if we get caught.

And this family is something else entirely. This book starts off a disaster, and it only gets worse from there, up until the very end. And I do mean that in the best way possible. It’s a train wreck in slow motion that you can’t put down because you can’t stop yourself wondering who’s going to do what next.

The Good Points of The Wrong’un:

Every character in this book was brilliantly done. They’re all kind of a mess, and generally fairly questionable, and that’s what makes them so much fun to read about. They have so many biases and blindnesses to what’s going on, and make so many mistakes and missteps and strange ideas that turns this into a really fun read.

The book is well written, and the story is handled very well. It flows easy and it’s an enjoyable read overall. Evans knows how to make her characters stand out and keep the writing out of the way.

Despite some longwinded journeys into things that didn’t seem to matter, the pacing through this book was brilliantly done. It revealed twists and secrets in such a way that keeps you hooked and desperate to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.

The Downsides of The Wrong’un:

Sometimes this book would go on long winded adventures into stories for one or the other characters that had no relevance to what was going on in the book, as far as I could tell. Maybe it was supposed to give us insight into the types of people they were? They never seemed to give much, though, and felt unnecessary.

I got confused sometimes with the secondary characters throughout this book. There were quite a few of them and I kept mixing up who was who and who was supposed to be connected to which of the family members. So many of them just seemed like placeholders.

All in all, this book was a crazy look into a crazy family. If you enjoy family dramas, people with questionable morals, or stories that follow different connected characters as the story progresses, you should definitely check out The Wrong’un!

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