Having read one other book written by Terry Tyler, The Devil You Know, I’m aware that the author is a true observer of people and can write a really good character led story.
The book is about the rich and rather dysfunctional York family who own a chain of bars. Loosely based on the York family of the War of the Roses.
Some of the family characters are endearing and likeable, others less so with dark secrets and addictions. My favourites were Lisa and her psychic mother who ‘knew things’.
Written in a multi narrative style with each different family member giving their side of the story we are given a more rounded view of the family events that take place within this period of time 1993-2014
Always interesting to see what someone thinks of themselves, the disparity between that and how others view them – the author has this honed to perfection.
At times reading this book felt like meeting up with a close friend and fellow people watcher to have a gossip session about in-laws! The York family actually remind me of my own in-laws (shhh don’t tell them…) with secrets, lies, betrayals and rifts.
Be prepared for shocks and unexpected happenings as all the layers of this family are stripped bare leading to some heart-stopping tense scary parts.
I read this on holiday and was glad we had some rainy weather so I could carry on reading.
Anyone else who is a fan of Penny Vincenzi type family saga series will no doubt enjoy this book as much as I did, although I am loathe to compare one author to another, but it sometimes helps to know broadly what will appeal and why before you buy a book.
One quibble is that I’m not keen on the cover. The rather garish cover doesn’t, in my opinion, reflect the quality of the writing.
I’m really hoping there is a sequel to this epic tale.
About The Author
Terry Tyler’s first Amazon publication, ‘You Wish’, won Best Women’s Fiction in the eFestival of Words 2013, while short story collection ‘Nine Lives’, family dramas ‘Last Child’ and ‘The House of York’, and psychological drama/thriller ‘The Devil You Know’ have won other small online awards or been named on book bloggers’ ‘Best Books of the Year’ posts.
Her project-in-progress is a three-book series about a global pandemic; the first book, Tipping Point, is expected to be published in August/September 2017.
Terry has a blog on which she writes around many topics (social networking, writing, nostalgia, TV and film). The link: http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/ . She also has a book review blog, on which you can find her own reading choices and those she reads as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. She loves Twitter (@TerryTyler4) and can also be found on Goodreads and Facebook.
Terry lives in the north east of England with her husband.