Just like any average seventeen year old, Twig loves her family. She has a caring mother and a controlling father. Her brothers and sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity…

All one hundred and eighty three of them.

Twig lives in the Family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. The Family members coexist with the values of complete openness and honesty, and a shared fear of contagious infection in the outside world.

So when Adam, their Father, prophet, and savior, announces that Twig will be his new bride, she is overjoyed and honored. But when an injury forces her to leave the grounds, Twig finds that the world outside is not necessarily as toxic as she was made to believe. When she meets Leo, an American boy with a killer smile, she begins to question everything about her life within the Family, and the cult to which she belongs.

But when it comes to your Family, you don’t get a choice.

“Fascinating and chilling… The novel’s relentless plot and vividly drawn characters will suck you in, but be warned: once you’re in The Family, it’s almost impossible to escape.” —Anna Schumacher, author of End Times



  1. I loved The Family. Your writing is amazing, and I really hope that there is a sequel. Showing the inside of a cult through a teen was a fabulous idea. What gave you the idea of writing about a cult?


    1. Hi Lindsay,

      Thank you so much for writing and the kind words! I hope there will be a sequel too! In discussion! My publisher had a feeling that they wanted a book about a cult and came to me to think this through for them. I instantly wanted to write about an artist spirit born into such an oppressive environment. How would someone with a true streak of individualism – someone who sees the world quite differently from others – negotiate in this environment? And Twig was born… Thank you again for writing!


  2. I got sucked into this book so fast I couldn’t put it down! I side with everyone else wanting a sequel. I want to know what happens to Twig and her relationship with her dad and with Leo. Does she get away from Adam for good or does he come after her? So many unanswered questions! Such an amazing book!


    1. Thank you so much, Shannon! I hope there will be a book 2 as well! Thank you for writing! Have a wonderful and safe holiday season! So happy you liked The Family! Huge thanks for reading and writing! – Marissa


  3. Loved this book. So fascinating and brought up a lot of good points about how we spend so much money on a pair of shoes but there are people that are starving… I work in fundraising so I think that is such a good way to explain why we need to help others. Obviously not to the extreme of a cult, but I really liked how you explained that. I really hope there is a sequel too!!!


  4. Please, please, PLEASE a sequel!!! I’ve written the end in my head 10 different ways but am dying to read your take on Twig’s transition into the world. How is her first meeting with her father? Do her and Leo stay together? Do they find Thomas? What happens to Gran? These questions are eating me alive!!


    1. Hello! Love it! I know, I know – I miss these guys! I really hope to write a sequel – and will let you know if it happens. Thank you so much for writing! I love that all of these ideas were sparked for you! I will say – I see the second book as full of challenges for Twig – but she’s so strong -I see her riding the waves and getting through it with even more of her identity forming and solidifying as a young woman and as an artist. Have a great holiday season!


  5. AHHHHHHH!!! I literally finished the book less than five minutes ago before instantly looking up see if there was a sequel yet. The book is so fascinating and kind of creepy at the same time. I love all the vivid characters and Twig’s observations of the world! Please Please Please write a sequel ASAP! The ending killed me because Twig is so close to being free but still isn’t quite there yet. I absolutely loved the book and (thinking positively) look forward to a sequel!


  6. Loved the book!! My grandmother has synesthesia and the way she describes seeing words in color reminds me of how Twig sees people in color. Hoping for a sequel!


  7. Marisa –

    I have never felt so close and full.of emotion reading a book before. Getting to that last page, there are no words to describe my feelings of excitement, joy, love, and adrenaline. Please, tell me a sequel is in the works? Thank you for this book. I absolutely LOVED it.


    1. Katie!

      Thank you so much for writing! I hope you are having a wonderful summer, and your words just made my day! Really! Those are the emotions I felt for Twig writing those last few scenes. The Family was absolutely meant to be written as a two parter. I wrote that ending with a sequel in mind. Unfortunately some publishing politics got in the way, but I seriously say never say never. You on my list of people to alert if I write the sequel.

      My warmest regards and thank you again!



  8. PLEASE MAKE A SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can not live with the cliffhanger!!!!!!!!Leo and twig forever!!!! Long live Teo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  9. I just read this whole book in one sitting, and immediately looked to see if there was a sequel. Please tell me there will be one? I might never sleep again!!


    1. Hi!!
      I love that you read the book in one sitting! Yes! Thank you so much for writing. The Family was written to have a sequel – but sadly there won’t be one. That said, I am hard at work on a new series that will be out Fall 2018.

      Take good care, and thank you so much for writing!

      – Marissa


    1. Hi!
      I am so glad you liked it!
      It was meant to have a second book but sadly will not. That said – I have a new series coming out with Razorbill in Fall 2018. Thank you so much for kind words and taking time to write! – Marissa


  10. I just finished reading The family. It was amazing. Really heartbroken to hear you won’t be writing a sequel. I really hope you change your mind. I need closure on Thomas, Gran, Anna and Daddy


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