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Summary

The Family by Sunday Times number one best seller Martina Cole gets right to the core of family life and the dangerous line between love and hate.

The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian), Martina's unique, powerful storytelling will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell.

Family is everything for the Murphy clan. Philip runs his business empire with the help of his brother, and dotes on his two sons who will, one day, take over.

His wife Christine is his perfect match. She'd always dreamed of a big happy family and, when she married into the Murphys, she thought she'd found one. But when that illusion is shattered, she's already in too deep.

The Murphys are dangerous and Christine can't unsee the horrors she has now been forced to open her eyes to. But nor can she escape them.

©2010 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Martina Cole smashes it again!

another great story from Martina Cole with believable characters, great narrative and the narrator was fabulous!

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Not quite believable.

Too much happened that couldn't be explained away. Not as enjoyable as other Cole books.

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  • G.
  • Dagenham, United Kingdom
  • 23-12-12

Well worth a listen

As with Martina Cole novels the book is a great audiobook to listen to however the ending although good is a bit hurried for all the groundwork that goes before even saying that its a great listen. Martina creates characters you love or hate in only a way that she can.

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brilliant

had me gripped from the very start, brilliant storyline . you can visualise every charaters.

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Love this book

I am an absolute martina cole fan love this book one of her best excellent

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blood's thicker than water so says the family

Martina Cole writes like a soap opera screen writer. She's what you'd call a tube station writer. All the chapters are short which means there's time to read them between tube stops. However the story is good. irf you like medium paced novels with violence and introspection then you'll like this one. I liked bits of it but for me there was too much introspection which took the pace off it too often and the nmarator might have done a bertter job. I'd say it was an average book but well written with plenty of attention to detail.

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worth a read

enjoyed the book but unlike other cole books wasent edge of seat stuff..worth a read though

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loved it! another triumph by Martina!

wonderful twists and turns! does not end the way you think it will... must listen

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Loved this

Loved this book, endless hours of driving made so much easier. Fully recommend this one.

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  • Mandie
  • United States
  • 21-09-13

Bit Disappointing

What did you like best about The Family? What did you like least?

Was generally a good story, but the overuse of swear words was unneccesary, especially when the narrator sounded like my dear sweet old aunt using bad language. Overall think this book would have been better narrated by a man, but I would certainly listen to another book by the narrator, who did an excellent job.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Nothing really was a bit predictable

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

As above, think this would have been a book better read by a man due to the amount of swearing throughout

Could you see The Family being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, bit old hat and been done many times before

Any additional comments?

Won't be reading another Martina Cole

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  • Pat
  • 07-05-12

martina cole not at her best

If you could sum up The Family in three words, what would they be?

I have read all of Martina Cole's book and enjoy them immensely, but this story is some what predictable , but still a good read not one of her best though

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

not this time

Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, excellent reader

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

intriguing story of life, family and crime

Any additional comments?

no, Martina Cole is an excellent crime thriller writer