The Family Business by Alex Kane @alexkanewriter @herabooks @ZooloosBT #blogtour #bookreview #TheFamilyBusiness

Happy Friday everyone and I don’t know about you but I’m soooooo glad it’s the end of the week! Today I’ve got a double whammy of posts for you today. First up is my stop on the blog tour for Alex Kane’s The Family Business.

Massive thanks to Zoë O’Farrell of Zooloo’s Book Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to Hera Books for my advanced e-copy of The Family Business. I also preordered a copy which arrived in the early hours of yesterday.

The Blurb

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?

A dark, twisty and totally gripping thriller set in the heart of Glasgow gangland – fans of Mandasue Heller and Kimberley Chambers won’t be able to put this down

What Did I Think?

Before I get to the meat of this story, I have to talk about the prologue. Personally I love a prologue, one that makes me hit the literary ground running and sets me up for a cracking read. Now the prologue for The Family Business does that and more; it chilled me to the bone and left me with questions, questions I wanted answers.

But then I met the Blacks and the Barrhouse firm. Proper (well what I imagine to be proper) Glaswegian gangs trying to get one up on the other. I’ll admit, neither is perfect but I did end up mentally siding with one gang. But ever-so-often, my thoughts drifted back to that dramatic prologue, trying to fathom how those events fitted in to the present day…

Devoured in a few short hours, I was addicted to the goings on in Glasgow. I was gobbled up in to the dark and violent work of the Blacks and the Firm only to be spat out after one stupendous climax. I was desperate for the relative good (no one is an angel when it comes to gangs right?!) to conquer evil. But in this, as the story went on, who was the lesser of the evils?! The waters got muddied on that one!

Kane has delivered yet another hard hitting crime thriller from the darker side of the trackers. She’s created a realistic gangland bubble where I felt threatened at every turn. I love Kane’s writing and The Family Business is no different. I personally felt this was darker and possibly her most brutal read – I loved it!

Who Is Alex Kane?

Alex Kane is a psychological thriller writer who lives in Glasgow. She is a huge fan of the genre, with her favourite authors in the genre being Lisa Hall, BA Paris and Sarah Stovell. If she is not writing, she can be found playing with her cat, reading, or drinking tea and/or gin (sometimes all of the above).

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