• Title: Family
  • Author: Owen Mullen
  • Publisher: Boldwood Books on January 21, 2021
  • Genre: Crime Fiction
  • Pages: 429
  • Formats Available: Paperback, Audiobook, & Digital
  • Rating: 5/5

Trigger Warnings: Graphic Violence, Murder, Murder of Children

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Owen Mullen, and Boldwood Books for providing me with a digital copy of Family in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Family Blurb

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 arch enemy 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 non-stop action, Family is perfect for fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.

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My Review

Whew! I finished Owen Mullen’s novel, Family, over an hour ago, and I am still sweaty and trying to catch my breath. It is HOT! I am a huge fan of gangster stories, and this one left me stunned. There is so much insanity and red hot hatred to fulfill any gangster lover’s dream.

I fell in love with Luke Glass from the very beginning. I couldn’t get enough of him. There were times when I wanted to smack him for being dense, but otherwise, he is my kind of guy. A baddie with the right hint of goodness in him.

Danny Glass was a psychotic mess of a man. I hated him from the first introduction. The man has no sense of reality. He thinks he is the Godfather, but he is a weak little man who thinks the world bows at his feet. I was literally sickened by this character. (Yes, I know how to use my “literally” correctly.)

Nina Glass is one helluva spitfire. I loved her immediately. She was brilliant and knew exactly what she was doing at every moment. She was sexy, and she knew how to work it to her advantage. I was afraid for her, though. She was playing with fire.

I had my suspicions about how the events ran through the book. The way the beginning catches up with the end was a little predictable. But damn, did I have fun on the ride! This novel is a rollercoaster I don’t want to get off of. 

I am thrilled to award Family a full 5 out of 5 stars, and I look forward to more from the Glass family. If you love gangster sagas, I have the perfect book for you here. I haven’t read a crime fiction novel as good as this in a long time. 

About the Author – Owen Mullen

When he was ten years old, Owen Mullen won a primary school’s short story competition and didn’t write another word for four decades. One morning he announced he was going to write a book. He did. Since then he has written seven.

Owen was born in Coatbridge, a few miles from Glasgow, where the Charlie Cameron stories take place, and where he ran a successful design and marketing business. A late developer, he has a Masters degree from Strathclyde University which he got in his forties.

In his earlier life he lived in London and worked as a musician and session singer. People tell him he enjoyed himself and he has no reason to doubt them. The journey from rocker to writer has been a fascinating experience and the similarities between the music and book industries, never cease to amaze him.

His passions are travel, food and Arsenal Football Club. A gregarious recluse, he now splits his time between Scotland and the island of Crete, along with his wife, Christine.

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