Book description from Amazon
Phillip Murphy is a family man. He worships his old mum; he takes care of his siblings who help run his business empire; he dotes on his two young sons who will one day take over. And then there’s his wife and saviour Christine, whom he loves with a vengeance. To Phillip Murphy, family is everything. Christine has always understood this about her husband. But there is another side to Phillip, and it’s a side he never wanted his wife to see. Though even if she did, could she do anything but stand by him? Because Phillip has rules, and he expects loyalty from his nearest and dearest. Once you’re in the family, you’re in it for life.
I have read all of Martina Cole’s book and have to say the last few have been really disappointing, The Family is a improvement on the last few books she has written, but still has some way to go before “it’s up there” with her earlier books. The family is predictable in many ways, all of her characters are the same type, following the formula of most of her books... violence, swearing and downtrodden women etc, etc. I found myself screaming at Christine the main character, she lacked backbone throughout, and there wasn’t anything particularly likable about her. The book was readable, but hardly thought provoking, and I found it really hard to care what happened to any of the characters, half way through the book. Don’t get me wrong the book was readable with an average story, but it lacks the sparkle of early Martina Cole books.