‘The Family Business’ by Alex Kane


Blood’s thicker than water… and they’re not afraid to spill it

Donnie Black. Charming, successful… and utterly terrifying, he rules the Glasgow underworld with an iron fist. Nothing – or no one – will stop him and he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty to grow his fortune.

Layla Black. She’s been married to Donnie for twenty years, enjoying the lavish world he has worked hard to create. But behind the perfect image Layla is crumbling, numbing her pain with alcohol. But Layla doesn’t know the secrets Donnie keeps – and the truth will send her spiralling.

Louise Bellshaw. She’s young, beautiful and innocent. She’s charmed by Donnie’s sweet words, and believes she’s found true love. But Louise doesn’t know her dream man has plans that will turn her life into a nightmare.

As the three collide, no one can predict how family ties will turn to bloodshed. Because you’ll do anything for the ones you love, won’t you?

My Review

I have been a fan of Alex’s work for a while now.  I haven’t quite caught up with everything that she has written to date but I am getting there.  I read the synopsis of ‘The Family Business’ and it certainly sounded like the sort of book I have come to expect from Alex – a fast paced, gritty and at times rather scary read.  ‘The Family Business’ was certainly all that and so much more.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Family Business’ but more about that in a bit.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into ‘The Family Business’.  In fact the synopsis grabbed my attention and the story within the book’s covers sealed the deal as it were.  As soon as I started reading I knew that reading the book would become seriously addictive and that I wouldn’t be able to put the book to one side for any length of time.  I was right on both counts.  My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story.  I had become so wrapped up in the story and in the lives of the characters that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the story.  All too quickly I got to the end of the story and I had to say goodbye to the characters.  I found ‘The Family Business’ to be a tense, gripping and dramatic read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘The Family Business’ is superbly written but then I have to come to expect nothing less from Alex Kane.  She certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be one hell of a read.  For me the story started with a bang, hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout.  The book is divided up into parts with each part focusing on a specific time period, illustrating what happened to the main characters to get them to where they are in the present day.  Reading ‘The Family Business’ felt like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  The tension gradually builds throughout the story and culminates in a tense and dramatic conclusion.  I love the way in which Alex makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story themselves and at the heart of the action.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Family Business and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  Fans of books by Kimberly Chambers, Kerry Barnes and Kerry Kaya will especially enjoy Alex’s books.  I will definitely be reading more of Alex’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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