When I was invited to close out the Blog tour for The Family I had to admit that it had been so long since I had read the synopsis for the book that I had forgotten what had attracted me to it in the first place! As I delved into its pages I was half expecting a vaguely tense psychological drama centred around family relationships. What you actually get is a full on Tom Cruise style international thriller with the most sensational twist at the end.
Becky Morgan was the lone survivor of a ritual killing that wiped out the rest of her family. For the last twenty years the horror of that night is never far from her thoughts. When a situation at work sees her taking a secondment she decides that the time is right to try and track down the killer herself.
Using her skills as a journalist Becky starts piecing together some other murders in European countries that bear a number of similarities to the slaughter of her own family. As she travels to these locations and starts digging into the details it becomes clear that she has once again become a target for the mysterious killer.
The Family won’t appeal to everyone. Its style and pacing lend itself to a book that is read in one go or over quite a short period. Due to the nature of the subject matter it is quite graphic at times. The descriptions of the murders are sometimes ghoulish and quite intense. The best comparison I can think of is Dexter in some picturesque European locations! I came into this story with no preconceptions and I think that allowed me to enjoy it a lot more.
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UK Publication date: May 2nd 2019.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.