Family~Owen Mullen

I just don’t know how to put this in to words! I liked the book a lot BUT I’d LOVE for it to be a film or series because I feel like it deserves its own soundtrack and musical scores to go with the suspense, thrills and scares of this story!

Luke Glass is released from prison after a 7 year sentence for manslaughter. Anderson, the man who died who was responsible for the murder of his sister-in-law and young niece (as well as a decent member of the family staff), and angry Luke chases him to his demise. The perfect start to a book of this genre. Luke is greeted outside the prison gates by little sister Nina (who coincidentally is stealing from their older brother, Danny, along with his accountant) and urged to go to a family “welcome home” party put on by Danny, the brother who raised them and provided for the family since their fathers early death. However, at the party all Hell breaks loose as the son of Luke’s victims orders a shoot out. Luckily, none of the Glass family (AKA Team Glass) are present or hurt. And so the story picks up pace and we see this dysfunctional family up their security to maximum level while each tries to sort and plan their own lives and ways in the world.

Here we meet bent copper DCI Oliver Stanford and his trusty Crabb and Goyle like sidekicks (had to throw in a Potter reference there because I don’t know how else to describe them!) who allow Danny to run his criminal enterprise with little to no consequence (always helps to have the police in your pocket if your going to run a criminal underworld). However, this tricky trio soon become worried and with good reason.

As a second attempt at the Glass family makes them the butt of the jokes, a gang war between North and South ensues, and Danny becomes very a ruthless and cruel along the way (with no wife and child to consider the safety of at this point, I can semi-understand his unraveling and need to keep his siblings together). However with his middle brother wanting to leave the fold and his baby sister stealing from him, is family worth fighting for abs protecting along the journey of becoming the top dog?

It was a good read but as I said earlier, I really feel these characters and their stories would really benefit their own musical scores and sound tracks! I liked the book but sometimes I found it hard to keep up with and separate their individual plots and stories on occasion making it difficult to visualise characters and surroundings. Abs some of these characters are pretty scary nutcases who deserve more focus.

About the Author

Owen Mullen splits his time between Scotland and the island of Crete. In his earlier life he lived in London and worked as a musician and session singer. He has now written seven books and his first gangland thriller for Boldwood publications is Family.

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