Family: The Glass Family, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Family - might be the death of you....
The Glass family business is crime, and they’re good at what they do. Vengeance took Luke Glass behind bars - but now he's free and he's never going back. Luke wants out of the gangster life - all he has to do is convince his family to let him go.
His brother holds the reins of the South London underworld in his brutal hands - nobody tells Danny Glass no and expects to live - not even DCI Oliver Stanford, bent copper and one of the Met's rising stars. The way Danny sees it, his younger brother and sister Nina owe him everything. The price he demands is loyalty, and a war with their archenemy gives him the leverage he needs to tie Luke to the family once more.
Luke can't see a way out until Danny commits a crime so terrible it can't be forgiven. Love turns to hate when secrets are unearthed which pit brother against brother. Left with no choice but to choose a side, Nina holds the fate of the family in her hands.
In the Glass family, Owen Mullen has created a crime dynasty to rival the Richardsons and the Krays. Heart-pounding, jaw-dropping with nonstop action, Family is perfect for fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 21 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||21 January 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 67,097 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,359 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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4,483 in Suspense
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I have to be honest and say that the characters in this book scared the crap out of me. Some of the ways in which they spoke or the things that they did, sent a shiver down my spine on more than one occasion. They are the sort of people that I would cross the road to avoid. I am a bit of a wimp by the way. Some of their actions are pretty darn brutal and I certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of them. Taking all that into consideration, I still found the characters to be very interesting and intriguing.
It took me next to no time to get into this book. In fact the synopsis was enough to grab my attention and the fact that this book was recommended for fans of Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller sealed the deal as it were. I am a huge fan of both ladies and their books. I knew that if Owen’s book was being compared to theirs then I was onto a winner. To say that reading ‘Family’ became addictive, is a wee bit of an understatement. I picked the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters to fill in the odd half hour and to get a toe in the door so to speak. Well, let’s just say that I became so wrapped up in the story and so intrigued by the characters that I read for two solid hours. I developed a desperation to find out what happened to the characters and whether or not they managed to bring their plans to fruition. I seemed to race through the story because I was enjoying it so much. I found ‘Family’ to be a compelling and addictive read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
‘Family’ is well written but then I think that to be true of all of Owen’s books that I have had the pleasure of reading. He has the knack of starting the story in such a way that will stay fresh in your mind for a long time to come and which makes ‘Family’ stand out from the crowd. For me, ‘Family’ is perfectly paced. The story starts with a bang, hits the ground running and maintains a fast and chilling pace throughout. Reading ‘Family’ felt like being on one hell of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster with more twists and turns to it than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board. Just when you thought that you could take a moment to catch your breath, gather your thoughts and reclaim your stomach then off the action would go again.
In short I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Family’ and I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Owen’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
Having read several of Owen Mullen’s books, I thought I knew what to expect with this one, but even though it’s still very much a crime novel, ‘Family’ is a whole new bag of tricks for the Big Mannie of Scottish Noir. Set in a South London gangland that’s all-too familiar, thanks to the likes of the Kray twins et al, Mr Mullen manages to create a crime empire that’s realistic and believable without being cliched or derivative. Having said that, and allowing that ‘Family’ is a cracking good read, my general impression is that the writing isn’t quite as sharp as I’ve come to expect from this author. Also, the alternating first-person/all-seeing-narrator pov always irritates me, though I can see why he’s done it this way.
All niggles aside, the characters are a fascinating lot and the twisty-turny plot kept me guessing about which side (and which brother) would come out on top. I loved the on-going rivalry between Luke and Danny and the continually shifting goalposts as the story went off in different directions. There were also a few unexpected events along the way which include some pretty graphic scenes that might shock readers of a gentler disposition. The denouement took me by surprise, too, though it made perfect sense.
One of these days Owen Mullen might fall off the literary wagon and turn out a pile of pish that isn’t worthy of his name. Thankfully, that day is only one possible future, and the way he’s going, it won’t ever come to pass. ‘Family’ is yet another reason to look forward to Mr Mullen’s next offering with relish. In the meantime, this is a book to be proud of and one that lovers of crime fiction will delight in for years to come.
But there was no way I was giving up cos I wanted to know how it was getting such good reviews
Glad I kept with it cos the next 30 chapters were good with plenty of twists and turns
and the biggest one I didn't see coming
Sorry for the 3stars but it's my opinion because the first half of the book let it down
The Glass family are a force to be reckoned with, Danny is the eldest and is in charge of the South London underworld, his younger siblings, Luke and Nina, owe him everything after he literally brought them up from a young age, but they both want out. Luke is fresh out of prison after killing rival gangland north London boss, Anderson and he wants to get away from crime, Nina has never got on with Danny and is hatching her own plan to go it alone, but Danny Glass will not let go that easily, constantly reminding them both what he did for them when they were younger, to him it's 'Team Glass' all the way and he doesn't like it when anyone goes against him, even DCI Oliver Stanford, who is well and truly in Danny's pocket. Then Danny starts to spiral out of control, committing a crime that Luke can never forgive, secrets are uncovered and Luke knows he has to stop his brother once and for all, but at what cost?
Family is an action packed gangland thriller depicting what happens in the dark underworld of crime, a deeply disturbing story of revenge between two rival gangster families, both committing heinous crimes. It's an extremely well crafted tale of murder, torture, betrayal and bent coppers. This book is definitely not for the feint hearted because Mullen doesn't pull any punches in his graphic descriptions throughout. I was completely pulled in from the start, I hated Danny with a passion and couldn't wait to see if he got his comeuppance, but when Mullen delivered THAT twist it was like a sucker punch to the gut, I was not expecting that. If you like your thrillers dark and gruesome then this is one for you. It gets a massive five stars from me and I can't wait for the second book.
With Family Owen has ventured in to the murky and treacherous waters of gangland London. Think of the Krays brought up to date. If you like Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller this would be a book for you . In fact I would say that you would love it!
The book starts with a bang, literally when gang boss Danny Glass’s wife and daughter are killed in a car explosion. This sends younger brother Luke off to hunt down who he has been told was responsible. Rival boss Anderson. He catches up with him and pushes him to his death. But because they’re no witnesses Luke is given seven years for manslaughter.
Luke is released from prison but does not turn up for his welcome home party. His intention is to leave the family business and go straight. Easier said than done. Danny finds him and tells him in no uncertain terms that he is part of Team Glass.
Add to the mix younger sister Nina and the gang accountant who have two things in common. Firstly they both like sex and secondly swindling Danny out of money’
Events take place that set brother against brother and Nina must pick a side. Which side will she pick? This is when the story really ramps up and has you turning the pages furiously!
Apart from the usual gangland shenanigans of violence, drugs, vice and bent coppers, Owen has written a book with much more depth than the usual crime book. He explores the reasons behind the violence. THIS IS A PLUNGE INTO THE MIND AND DEPETHS OF A PSYCHOPATH! You better hope you can make it back to the surface. I JUST DID!