Although sometimes heartbreaking, I loved this book. I love reading about real emotion, something that makes you really feel and wonder what you would do... This book was on a Top Novels of the Past 20 Years (The Daily Beast).
"A Member of the Family" is a complex and beautifully written story. Susan Merrell knows how to create characters and make them jump off the page. The reader feels their agony even as they're confronted with one of the toughest decisions any parent can ever face. If you're a mystery fan, although this is not a who-dun-nit, you will enjoy the element of suspense that is woven into the story.
Pretty good story about problem with adopted son and how this family deals with problems - also many sub stories regarding different relatives, friends, and neighbors of the main characters. Throughout entire story, there is also hint of mystery that happened 20 odd years ago and this is not revealed until end of book. Book tended to be a bit wordy at times but overall good story