Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama with more than twenty novels to her name, of which over a dozen have been No.1 bestsellers.
Several of Martina's novels have been adapted for the screen, including The Take and The Runaway which were shown on Sky 1 to remarkable reviews. In addition, Two Women and The Graft have been adapted for the stage; both were highly acclaimed when performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which also staged Dangerous Lady in 2012, celebrating twenty years since Martina's debut novel was published.
Martina Cole is a phenomenon. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold thirteen million copies. In 2011 Martina surpassed the £50 million sales mark since records began and was the first British female novelist for adult audiences to achieve this - and she has spent more weeks in the No. 1 slot on the original fiction bestseller list than any other adult novelist. Her hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing is in a genre all its own - no one writes like Martina.
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Family always comes first. Until now. Get ready for the ultimate summer read with the explosive new novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller and 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) Martina Cole. Diana Davis has been head of the family business since the death of her husband, an infamous bank robber. She's a woman in a man's world, but no one messes with her. Her only son, Angus, is a natural born villain, but he needs to earn Diana's trust before she'll allow him into the business. Once he's proved he has the brains to run their clubs in Marbella, he is given what he's always wanted. It's the beginning of a reign of terror that knows no bounds. But Angus has a blind spot: his wife, Lorna, and their three kids, Angus Junior, Sean and Eilish. And as the next generation enters the business, Angus has a painful truth to learn. Even when it comes to family, he must show no mercy...
Family always come first. Until now. No more waiting, the new novel from the No. 1 bestselling phenomenon Martina Cole is here, and it's pure Martina gold. No Mercy is a heart-stopping rollercoaster ride of a read that proves there really is only one Martina Cole. Diana Davis has been head of the family business since the death of her husband, an infamous bank robber. She's a woman in a man's world, but no one messes with her. Her only son, Angus, is a natural born villain, but he needs to earn Diana's trust before she'll allow him into the business. Once he's proved he has the brains to run their clubs in Marbella, he is given what he's always wanted. It's the beginning of a reign of terror that knows no bounds. But Angus has a blind spot: his wife, Lorna, and their three kids, Angus Junior, Sean and Eilish. And as the next generation enters the business, Angus has a painful truth to learn. Even when it comes to family, he must show no mercy...
Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds along leaving you breathless and probably shattered. We are introduced to the O’Hara family where rising star, Aiden, has an affair with an older madam, Jade, who has his child, Aiden Junior. Jade is the real power behind the throne and watches out for both Aidens. Naturally the Columbian drug network and its lucrative control is a prize worth fighting over … and fights they certainly are. It is when brother is pitched against brother that it all gets very bitter and exciting. Every girl seems to get pregnant out of wedlock which also adds to the rising tension. Wow, this woman is good, her characters sadly believable with everything neatly tied together at the end. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her. But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness...
Martina does it again with another wonderful, gritty tale of violent men, dirty deeds, “family” and London’s East End gangland. It stars Sharon Conway through two marriages and eventually off into what could easily become a sequel. In a smartly paced story with believable characters and a watertight plot, no ends are left untied and not a sentence is wasted. Martina really is the queen of this genre. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst One of our Books of the Year 2015.
June 2015 Book of the Month. The Good Life is an audacious, irresistible love story snuggling up to a ferocious crime drama. Unless you've not read a Martina Cole novel before, you should know exactly what you're going to get; crime, scandal, offensive language, violence and a completely enthralling read. Cain Moran is coming out of prison after 25 years, he's big, he's bad and he's still in love with Jenny Riley; will he step back into his place in the criminal underworld, will his ex-wife finally lay their past to rest and will Jenny still be waiting for him? With short punchy sentences and concise dynamic chapters, the four books contained within this novel follow on ten years from each other, from 1979 through to 2008. Cole doesn't condone the violence contained within her novels, she is very matter of fact and has a gift for being able to show the human, normal, everyday side of her characters. ‘The Good Life’ has heart and soul and is a fabulously energetic, gripping read. ~ Liz Robinson
If you can stomach the language and have a penchant for the dark underbelly of the criminal world then this roller-coaster read is for you. Shockingly brutal, with a series of vicious twists and turns, Martina’s latest book combines a heavy dose of dysfunctional family drama with seedy corruption and deadly revenge, which some might find hard to swallow. Martina Cole writes in a no-holds barred style which will both shock and thrill.
The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the No. 1 bestselling author. The Bailey brothers are gangsters determined to make their mark in the world. Peter and Daniel are chalk and cheese in many ways - Peter's calm exterior belies his ruthless nature, while Daniel's penchant for spectacular violence is legendary - but together they are unstoppable. From the late seventies they rule London's East End and, when their sons join the business, it seems that no one can touch the powerful Baileys. Although it's never easy at the top; there is always someone waiting to take you down - sometimes even those closest to you...Lena Bailey is determined to shield her youngest child Tania from the Life. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, Tania's eyes are opened to their world in a way that forces her to make an irrevocable choice that will determine her future. Martina Cole's gritty and gripping new novel is an unflinching portrait of a family torn apart by violence and betrayal, but ultimately bound by loyalty, by blood, and by a burning desire for revenge...It is a story of the Life, told as only Martina Cole can.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. October 2011 Book of the Month. The exciting new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author is a powerfully addictive read. Shocking, hard-hitting and haunting, THE FAITHLESS is utterly riveting and completely unforgettable. As with all of Martina's novels they come with a health warning and a knock-out punch.
The indisputable queen of the violent, gritty, gangland thriller which, although concentrates on the woman’s view of this seedy underworld, I wholeheartedly recommend her to the male reader too. Just try her, she’s got something special.Comparison: Sheila Quigley, Mandasue Heller, Jake Arnott.Similar this month: None, but try Margaret Murphy or Lynda La Plante.
She's done the time, now she wants revenge... Filled with rage and revenge, FACELESS by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole is a gripping novel that takes a dark and honest look at what life is really like on the inside. Marie Carter lost everything the day she went to prison for a double murder she doesn't remember committing. Her parents abandoned her, her friends disappeared. Even her children didn't want to know. Twelve long years later, Marie is out and she's back to settle some scores... For more compelling novels about life on the inside, be sure to read Martina Cole's TWO WOMEN, THE JUMP and THE GOOD LIFE
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011. Devastatingly powerful and utterly unforgettable, Martina Cole’s The Family will hook you in from the very first page, and keep you there through to the very last. As ever it is a truly nail-biting plot with characters that are very well drawn but be warned Martina Cole’s world is a tough one.
Like Martina Cole; read Mark Timlin. The effervescent Martina Cole has established a new genre of empowered, strong female-led crime books that has taken her to the top of the bestseller liosts, but she is also one of the best chroniclers of modern London and its suburbs and much of the reason for her success is the way the places she writes about are familiar to her readers. Timlin effortlessly pulls off the same trick with his fast-paced tales of South London gangsters and families, and also happens to be a friend of Martina’s!Recommended:Martina Cole - HARD GIRLS. A retired policewoman returns to the fray to assist a younger colleague, following the discovery of a young woman’s mutilated body. The challenges that face the duo prove tough and uncompromising. Realistic, gritty and believable.Mark Timlin - GUNS OF BRIXTON. Best known for his Nick Sharman capers, this is Timlin’s major stand-alone novel, a tough saga of South London families, of cops and villains and loves lost and violence and lives broken. Never less than gripping and a veritable page-turner.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Martina Cole was shortlisted for the Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Bestseller Dagger 2009. Tough women in the tough world of London’s East End gangland dominate Martina Cole’s many novels, this is her fifteenth. What she has done is to create a human side to a gritty, violent world of powerful people disregarding the law. In doing so the villains and their families, sweethearts, rivals, victims and underlings become people we either love or hate. This, not her best, features some very nasty characters. Comparison: Mandasue Heller, June Hampson, Jane Elliot.
In her fourteenth gangland thriller Martina Cole is just as gritty and gripping as in her previous novels. This story takes us from the violent streets of the seventies through to the present day, following fourteen year old Danny’s journey after his father leaves and how he moves in to the East End underworld and the effect it has on him and those around him. Strong women characters we have come to love in Martina’s books are ever present and the hard hitting story lines make this a draw for both male and female readers alike.
Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections, and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie just wants her husband home, but she's forgotten the rows, the violence, and the girls Freddie can't leave alone. Bitter, resentful, and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble while her little sister Maggie's star rises. In love with Freddie's cousin Jimmy, Maggie is determined not to end up like her sister. Families should stick together, but behind closed doors, jealousy and betrayal can fester until everyone's life is infected. And for the Jacksons, loyalty cannot win out. Because in their world you can trust no one. In their world everyone is on the take.
Damaged is the explosive new novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, and sees the return of her iconic heroine DCI Kate Burrows. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and the biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina's unique, powerful storytelling includes Dangerous Lady, The Ladykiller, Betrayal and many more. DCI Kate Burrows might be retired, but when the bodies of missing schoolgirls start turning up in Grantley, she's the first person DCI Annie Carr calls for help. Life for Kate and ex-gangster Patrick Kelly is thrown into chaos when his long lost son turns up out of the blue, bringing trouble with him. This new case could be just what Kate needs. But as the body count grows, Kate and Annie face a race against the clock. Without any clear leads, can they stop the killer before another schoolgirl dies?
The Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) is back. The biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina's unique and powerful novels have gripped their readers for twenty-five years, and include Dangerous Lady, The Take and Damaged. Diana Davis has been head of the family business since the death of her husband, an infamous bank robber. She's a woman in a man's world, but no one messes with her. Her only son, Angus, is a natural born villain, but he needs to earn Diana's trust before she'll allow him into the business. Once he's proved he has the brains to run their clubs in Marbella, he is given what he's always wanted. It's the beginning of a reign of terror that knows no bounds. But Angus has a blind spot: his wife, Lorna, and their three kids, Angus Junior, Sean and Eilish. And as the next generation enters the business, Angus has a painful truth to learn. Even when it comes to family, he must show no mercy...
When the bodies of missing schoolgirls start turning up, former DCI Kate Burrows is dragged out of retirement.A new Grantley serial killer is in town and DCI Annie Carr turns to Kate for help. She welcomes the distraction from her home life with former gangster, Patrick Kelly, whose long lost son has turned up out of the blue, bringing trouble with him.It soon becomes clear the killer is on their doorstep and as the body count grows, Kate and Annie face a race against the clock. But they have no real leads ... and there's more to these murders than meets the eye. Can Kate take the killer down before another schoolgirl dies?
Available together for the first time, the complete DI Kate Burrows trilogy by the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author, Martina Cole. Perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell.'The Queen of Crime' - Woman & Home on Hard GirlsThe deadly DI Kate Burrows trilogy: the only time Martina's written from the Old Bill's perspective. Kate is the hard-but-fair copper whose investigations - and heart - become dangerously entwined with London's most infamous gangster, Patrick Kelly. But when there's a killer on the loose, Kate Burrows is the only woman for the job. THE LADYKILLER. BROKEN. HARD GIRLS.
DANGEROUS LADY is the iconic first novel by Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole which catapulted her to fame and made her the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian). This special **25th anniversary hardback edition** is a must for fans old and new, and readers of Patricia Cornwell and Karin Slaughter. *Contains exclusive bonus interview content and an exclusive foreword by Denise Welch* Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her. But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness...
Betrayal is the twenty-third novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, author of DANGEROUS LADY, THE TAKE, GET EVEN and many more. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and the biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina's unique, powerful storytelling will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell. Survival. It's all down to who you trust. Aiden O'Hara has been head of the family since he was a kid, and he's going to keep it that way. Jade Dixon is the one who watches his back. Mother of his son. The one who makes him invincible. But Jade's been in the game a lot longer than Aiden. She knows no one's indestructible. And when you're at the top, that's when you've got to watch the hardest. Especially the ones closest to you . . .
A csalad ...amikor nem szeretetet es boldogsagot, hanem felelmet es rettegest jelent. Phillip Murphy igazan megnyero, jokepu, eros es karizmatikus ferfi. Raadasul a vegletekig csaladcentrikus. Imadja edesanyjat es testvereit, s leghobb vagya, hogy hamarosan neki is gyermekei legyenek. Idealis ferj- es apajelolt. Nem csoda, hogy a gyonyoru es artatlan Christine azonnal beleszeret, s felbehagyva az iskolat, tizenhat evesen felesegul megy hozza. A mesebe illo tortenet az angliai Southenden jatszodik, ahol azonban a mesek ritkan vegzodnek happy enddel... Christine-nek sem kell sok ido, hogy a csodas latszat mogott megtapasztalja a valosagot, s az aranykalitka hamarosan nem csupan szuknek, de egyenesen fojtogatonak bizonyul. A vilaghiru irono kimeletlenul realista regenye ismet a gengszterek vilagaba ropit bennunket, egy kliseket nelkulozo fordulatokkal teli, minden eddiginel izgalmasabb, dramai tortenettel. A kerdes: van-e kiut egy olyan no szamara, akit orvenykent probal magaba szippantani a csalad?
Amikor Danny Cadogan apja fakepnel hagyja a csaladjat, felesegenek es gyermekeinek egyedul kell szembenezniuk a ferfit uldozo uzsorasokkal. A tizennegy eves Danny elhatarozza, hogy megvedi anyjat, occset es hugat, es egyik naprol a masikra a veszely es eroszak vilagaban talalja magat. A gatlastalanul kegyetlen es eroszakos fiunak hamar hire terjed az alvilagban, es egyre nagyobb befolyast szerez bizonyos bunozoi korokben. Amikor pedig gyermekkori baratja, Michael Miles is beszall - uzleti venajat kamatoztatva - kettejuk piszkos vallalkozasaba, Danny a londoni alvilag legnagyobb gengsztere lesz. O lesz az Arc: elet es halal ura... Konyortelensege nem csak a londoni utcakat tartja rettegesben. Feleseget, Maryt es gyermekeit is vasakarattal iranyitja - es ha kell, az oklet is hasznalja. Tulsagosan is gyakran... De ha valaki egyszer legyozi rettegeset es megtori a hallgatas torvenyet, az egesz fortelmes birodalom a porba hullhat. Es a jatek csucsarol csak lefele vezethet az ut. Elvegre az adossagokat vissza lehet fizetni - akar penz nelkul is.
Danielle Crosbynak olyan teste volt, amilyenert erdemes meghalni. Aruba bocsatotta. Es az eletevel fizetett erte. Megcsonkitott es kegyetlenul megeroszakolt prostitualt holttestere bukkannak. Annie Carr nyomozono meg eleteben nem latott ilyesmit, de nem is akar tobbe. Tanacsadoja, Kate Burrows nyugdijas nyomozono azonban igen sok tapasztalattal rendelkezik: o csipte el a Grantley-i Hasfelmetszot es leplezte le az orszag delkeleti regiojanak legnagyobb pedofilhalozatat. Feltett szandeka, hogy segit racs moge juttatni ezt a gyilkost is. Am akarki is az elkoveto, kemenyen feladta a lecket. Amikor megtalaljak a kovetkezo lany holttestet, akit meg az elozonel is borzalmasabban elcsufitottak, nyilvanvalova valik, hogy a gyilkos meg csak bemelegit... Annie-nek es Kate-nek melyre kell asnia abban a konyortelen vilagban, melyben mindenki sajat magara van utalva. Vannak, akik szamara a prostitucio rendkivul jovedelmezo uzlet. De vajon hanyan fizetik majd meg a vegso arat erte? A "e;Kemeny lanyok"e; kivaloan osszegyurt, lebilincselo es felkavaro krimi, mely a legutolso sorig lekoti a figyelmunket. Martina Cole ezuttal is a valosagot meseli el, es a valosag borzalmai sokszor minden kepzeletet felulmulnak.
Martina Cole nem fel a tabudontogetestol. Ezuttal is agyonhallgatott temakhoz nyul. Nevezheto-e anyanak egy olyan no, aki mar fogantatasa pillanataban gyuloli es uldozi sajat gyermeket? Aki kepes rendszeresen utlegelni sajat hasat, hogy elveteljen? A londoni East End alvilagaban jatszodo, fordulatokban bovelkedo veres tortenet onmagaban is izgalmas, de nem marad el a Martina Cole-tol megszokott realista tarsadalom- es lelekrajz sem. A behajtok es stricik versengese kozben vegigkovethetjuk, hogyan oltenek lepesrol lepesre vegletes mereteket egy elkenyeztetett, onzo, hazudos gyereklany rossztulajdonsagai, es hogyan valik a drog hatasara lelketlen, felelosseget nem ismero prostiva. S mikozben ereiben felszivodik az ujabb dozis, hogyan mergezi meg ujra es ujra kornyezete eletet. Mindezt nyers oszinteseggel tarja elenk Martina Cole, nehol oly felkavaroan, hogy ugy erezzuk, keptelenek vagyunk tovabbolvasni a konyvet...
A londoni alvilagban barmi megtortenhetett. Pillanatok leforgasa alatt lehetett vagyonokat keresni es a csucsra jutni, de ahhoz is eleg volt egy szemvillanas, hogy minden elvesszen, penz, hatalom es emberelet is. A baratsag csak addig tartott, amig haszon szarmazott belole, viszont az ellensegeskedes es a bosszu generaciorol generaciora oroklodott... Hiaba telt el negyven ev, a londoni alvilagban tovabbra is barmi megtortenhet. A nepszeru irono, Martina Cole legujabb bestsellereben is alamerul a bunozok vilagaba, es meggyozo hitelesseggel abrazolja a hagyomanyosan ferfiak uralta alvilagot. Am ezuttal a mellbevago fordulatokat tartogato cselekmeny egy csalad tortenetenek keretien belul bontakozik ki. Az apa, Patrcik Brodie szemeben a csaladon kivul semmi sem szent. Celtudatosan es konyortelenul tor hatalomra, amig meg nem szerez mindent, amit akar. De vegul tul irigylesremelto helyzetbe kerul... A fiu, ifjabb Patrick Brodie ugyanolyan, mint az apja, megjeleneseben es termeszeteben is. Ot azonban a hatalomvagyon tul meg valami vezerli: a bosszu. Es ra var az a feladat is, hogy a csaladon belul rendet tegyen. Ha kell - konyortelenul.
Isten talan megbocsat, de a szenvedok soha. "e;Gabby ujra es ujra lesujtott: minden utessel egyre jobban megkonnyebbult, minden utessel kiadott valamit a gyuloletebol az asszony irant, aki tonkretette az eletet. Lenezett a verben uszo alakra: evek ota most eloszor szinte beket erzett magaban. Az anya arca felismerhetetlen volt; mely, tatongo, voros hasadek, mely dobbenetes tempoban pumpalta magabol a vert. Gabby lenezett a nore, akit szinte egesz eleteben gyulolt. Aztan leult az anyja meggyozodese szerint antik fatamlas szekre, veres kezebe temette az arcat, es sirt."e; A kulvilag szamara Cynthia Callahan irigylesre melto asszony; ferje imadja, otthona bubajos, ket gyereke gyonyoru. Am Cynthia melysegesen elegedetlen a sorsaval; egesz eleteben a legjobb utan sovargott, es eltokelte, hogy meg is szerzi maganak. Semmi sem allhat az utjaba, meg ha ez pusztulast es tragediat hoz is azokra, akik a legkozelebb allnak hozza. Aldozat pedig szamtalan akad: Jimmy, a ferje, aki sohasem tud felesege kedvere tenni; a huga, Celeste, akitol azt veszi el, ami szamara a legdragabb. A szulei, Mary es Jack, akik probaljak rendbe hozni, amit tonkretett. De a legtobbet szenvedo aldozatok Cynthia gyermekei, James es Gabby, akik soha nem heverik ki az altala okozott fajdalmat... Martina Cole kotetei 29 nyelven jelentek meg, es tobb mint 10 millio peldanyban keltek el vilagszerte. Tobb mint 18 krimit irt, melyeknek jo resze a londoni es az essexi alvilag kulisszai kozott jatszodik. Regenyei valosaggal sokkoljak az olvasokat.
The twenty-second novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, author of DANGEROUS LADY, THE TAKE, THE GOOD LIFE and many more... Playing grown-ups, the future is theirs for the taking. Sharon Conway and Lenny Scott are childhood sweethearts. Everyone says they are too young, but nothing can keep them apart. Sharon doesn't question Lenny's business dealings and it isn't long before his reputation as a hard man destined for the top means they are living the good life with their sons. It leaves a stain on her heart for ever. But one night Lenny doesn't come home. It isn't the first time he has gone AWOL. But it is his last. He is found murdered - beaten to death in an act of brutality that shocks even the police. And Sharon never knows why. Old wounds will surface. Now, twenty years later, Sharon is about to find out the truth. Such a crime cannot go unpunished. Revenge is long overdue. The time has come to... GET EVEN
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE NEVER FREE. Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life. But loving Jenny Riley was the easy part; it was telling his wife he wanted a divorce that was going to be the killer... Jenny is not just any girl. She cares nothing for Cain's hard-man reputation - she just wants to be with him. But Cain is not a free man. And he's about to find out that when his wife Caroline said 'til death us do part, she meant it. When Cain is sentenced to life in prison it seems that Caroline might have got her wish. All Cain and Jenny know is that if their love can survive such separation, then one day they will have a chance at the Good Life together again. But there are greater trials ahead than either can foresee. They're about to learn the hardest lesson of all: LIVE THE GOOD LIFE. PAY THE PRICE.
The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the No. 1 bestselling author. The Bailey brothers are gangsters determined to make their mark in the world. Peter and Daniel are chalk and cheese in many ways - Peter's calm exterior belies his ruthless nature, while Daniel's penchant for spectacular violence is legendary - but together they are unstoppable. From the late seventies they rule London's East End and, when their sons join the business, it seems that no one can touch the powerful Baileys. Although it's never easy at the top; there is always someone waiting to take you down - sometimes even those closest to you . . . Lena Bailey is determined to shield her youngest child Tania from the Life. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, Tania's eyes are opened to their world in a way that forces her to make an irrevocable choice that will determine her future.
With family, there's a dangerous line between love and hate... Reaching the darkest corners of family life, THE FAITHLESS by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole is an unputdownable novel about a deadly ambition that trumps family loyalty... Cynthia Tailor is a tough woman to please. Her husband Jimmy can do no right. Her sister Celeste has something Cynthia wants. And her two children, James and Gabby, can never reach the perfection their mother demands. What Cynthia wants, Cynthia gets, even if it hurts those closest to her. But there's a price to pay for taking what isn't yours, and it's Cynthia's own flesh and blood who are ready and waiting to collect... For more stories centred on family life, check out FACES, THE FAMILY and BETRAYAL. Martina Cole explores loyalty, protection, and how the ties that bind us can also sometimes choke the very thing we want to protect...
Once you're in the family, you're in it for life... Devastatingly powerful, THE FAMILY by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole reaches the darkest corners of family life. Philip Murphy expects loyalty from their nearest and dearest - for better or for worse... Family is everything for the Murphy clan. Philip runs his business empire with the help of his brother, and dotes on his two sons who will, one day, take over. His wife Christine is his perfect match. She'd always dreamed of a big happy family and, when she married into the Murphys, she thought she'd found one. But when that illusion is shattered, she's already in too deep. The Murphys are dangerous and Christine can't unsee the horrors she has now been forced to open her eyes to. But nor can she escape them. For more stories centred on family life, check out FACES, THE FAITHLESS and BETRAYAL. Martina Cole explores loyalty, protection, and how the ties that bind us can also sometimes choke the very thing we want to protect...