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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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not her best that's for sure

Love Annie, she brings the book alive.
story was hard to finish . definitely not her best

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  • Pat
  • 07-05-2012

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

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  • Mrs. J. M. Benjamin-potts
  • 27-02-2016

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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  • Geraldine Taylor
  • 28-09-2015

Not quite believable.

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

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  • G.
  • 23-12-2012

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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  • nucola
  • 19-09-2016

brilliant

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

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  • MARIA
  • 25-02-2016

Love this book

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

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  • Rose
  • 31-08-2015

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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  • Mat
  • 08-12-2020

captivating

slow to start but turned into a fantastic book an emotional roller coaster ride .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-2020

Brilliant

Martina at her best yet again. Couldn't put it down.
Utterly gripping and yet heartbreaking.

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  • jane
  • 20-07-2020

Excellent

I loved this book from start to finish,couldn't put it down. Will be recommending to friends and family.

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  • Goldie Horne
  • 13-06-2020

Compelling fictitious novel

At the beginning, the narrative did not draw me into the storyline but as I continued to listen it revealed a dark and murderous psychopath of the main character and the torturous control he had within the family and the violent gangland world. It takes you through the 'ups and downs' within the Murphy family and the harrowing and mental chaos of Christine who's demoratic environment tears her apart to an existence of alcoholism and drugs.

it's only drawbacks is the lengthy description of the characters appearance , features and sexual drive. Other than that, it's an insight that pulls you into the life of crime.

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