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Saturday, May 4, 2019

BLOG TOUR: The Family by P.R. Black @PatBlack9 @aria_fiction

The Family
by P.R. Black

The best way to catch a killer? Offer yourself as bait.

Becky Morgan's family were the victims of the 'crimes of the decade'.

The lone survivor of a ritualistic killing, Becky's been forever haunted by the memories of that night.

Twenty years later, with the killer never found, Becky is ready to hunt them down and exact revenge. But the path to find the murderer is a slippery slope and she finds herself opening up some old wounds that should have been left sealed.

Will Becky avenge her family or join them? 


My Review:

Oh this book.  I think this is a love it or hate it kind of read and here's why.  The premise is fantastic - the sole survivor of a horrible crime and potential ritualistic killing.  Two decades later she's out to exact revenge.. now it's just a matter of going on this journey with her.  For the reader that doesn't like gore and violence, this may not be the book for you.  Luckily I'm the reader that likes it. Is it always necessary in a book? Maybe so, maybe not, but honestly you either like it or you don't.  I think that's going to make this book a bit divisive... but also... this book gets nuts and a bit convoluted really quickly.  Suspend some belief and just enjoy the ride.  While sometimes this doesn't work for me, in this particular story, I loved all the crazy.

There are a ton of characters riddled throughout this book.  Lots of twists happening throughout that had my head spinning for a bit. This is what I wish there was more of: the background of Becky's family.  I think there needed to be a bit more back story for the last part to make a bit more sense. The author definitely surprised me though, I can certainly say that. 

I was definitely engaged throughout this story and loved some of the banter. I definitely had a few giggly moments.  Giggly moments you say? After you say blood and gore?  Well, readers, I'm an odd duck and I loved the underlying humor in some of the dialogue.  I'm not even quite sure everyone will pick up on it but I'm glad that I did.

Even with all the twisty bloody craziness, I enjoyed the writing style of the author.  While I wish I had felt more for the main character, I thoroughly had fun with following her on this zany journey and will certainly be looking out for Black's next book.


Author and journalist PR Black lives in Yorkshire, although he was born and brought up in Glasgow. When he's not driving his wife and two children to distraction with all the typing, he enjoys hillwalking, fresh air and the natural world, and can often be found asking the way to the nearest pub in the Lake District. His short stories have been published in several books including the Daily Telegraph's Ghost Stories and the Northern Crime One anthology. His Glasgow detective, Inspector Lomond, is appearing in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He took the runner-up spot in the 2014 Bloody Scotland crime-writing competition with “Ghostie Men”. His work has also been performed on stage in London by Liars’ League. He has also been shortlisted for the Red Cross International Prize, the William Hazlitt essay prize and the Bridport Prize.

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