Who’s Your Daddy?
How well do you think you know those closest to you? Have you uncovered all their secrets? Are you sure?
In her 20th novel, SECLUDED CABIN SLEEPS SIX, those are the questions bestselling author Lisa Unger poses to us. Combining our fascination with DNA testing and genetic analysis and the ultimate question of nature-versus-nurture, she compels us to question whether our lives are fated before birth.
Everyone in siblings Hannah and Mako’s family is shocked when they open gifts to find Origins DNA testing kits for each of them. But how did they get there? No one confesses to bringing them.
Six months later, Mako rents a luxury cabin in the remote Georgia woods for the family: Hannah and her husband, Bruce; Mako and his wife, Liza; and Hannah’s best friend, Cricket, and her boyfriend. Mako loves to impress his family with “epic” vacations that he pays for.
At first, everyone seems to be having a good time. But they soon discover the DNA kits have linked them to a sociopath—a broken branch on their family tree. A violent storm eliminates the calming effects of nature, stranding the group at their cabin. Then an outsider who manipulates the group causes long-held family secrets to surface, detonating their “perfect family” lives. Who will live and who will die?
Unger compels readers to consider if our DNA curses us, or if we can control our lives by the choices we make. How well do we know our family, friends, and even ourselves? How far would we go to protect those we love?
Read the rest of my review and interview with Unger in The Big Thrill.