The Frank Business
'A talented, witty writer with a sharp eye for social observation' Daily Mail
After Frank drops down dead in Heathrow Arrivals on Christmas Eve, his estranged daughter Jem is called in to identify the body and is left wondering why he was travelling to London in the first place, the day before Christmas, with no bags or belongings - just his wallet, passport and car key...more
this book was a book of discovery, loss betrayal this is a journey where frank dies suddenly and his estranged daughter formally identified the body as the book goes along we learn more about frank from the viewpoint of several people and how the aftermath of franks death effects so many people and the type of person frank really was. liked the part of the book where it looked at fragile family set ups and how t ...more
The Frank Business is a graceful work, focusing on the consequences years on of an old transgression- more a thoughtless little temporary wander off the beaten track.
The style is cosy, but compensation is provided by some sharp, astute descriptions. But the real strength is in the pace of the reveal and in t ...more
What an apt title: "The Frank Business". This is an engrossing novel which will keep you reading and guessing on the outcome until the final page. It possesses a timeless message which will reverberate as much in years to come as it does today. Betrayal of those you love can come back to haunt at any point in the future and have unforeseen consequences which we cannot control.
The sudden death of Frank in this novel (not a spoiler as it happens at the ...more
It's a story of family, a story of betrayal, of insecurity and hurt. It's what happens when secrets are kept, when lies are told ...more
Frank Martell finds out, quite by accident, that he has a grown-up son and sets off from his home in France to find his mother in London. However, a fatal heart attack in Heathrow airports ends his quest. There is no way Frank could have known the rumpus his discovery causes with both his natural daughter - estranged, and the Griffin family where the boy and his mother are ensconced in family life.
This is an enticing ...more
The Frank Business has just the kind of writing I enjoy, close observation of a small canvas, casting a wry eye over characters who are in conflict with themselves as much as the people around them. The autho ...more
On a whim Jem, using her father's credit card, she books an immediate flight to ...more
I have read this type of book before – not exactly the same but the idea of someone dying with business unfinished & perhaps an estranged or unknown family. However, the thin ...more
All they can find is his passport and wallet on him where he collapses. He has no luggage. His estranged daughter Jem is contacted by the police and asked to make a formal identity in the local morgue. The man she has not seen for years has just appeared back into her life and now has gone. He wasn't on his way to meet her though, and this is the basis for his story.
Jem discovers that he has another child, a son. Because of the medical reason ...more
Set in London and rural France this is the story of relationships and secrets. It moves from the present to the past as it describes how Je ...more
Frank has a sudden realisation that sends him to Heathrow only to die in Arrivals. His estranged daughter Jem visits his house in France to try to work out what he was in England for, only to find out that he'd just discovered a son he'd never met. A son who would be the same age as her...
She immediately sets about finding her half-brother and inadvertently (okay, not that inadvertently) sows chaos into his family life. Sonny d ...more
Set in London and France, this book paints vivid scenes and portrays a very human response from most of its characters. I really enjoyed Jem’s back story and felt both her warmth and angst ...more
The plot is not remarkable, although it is good, it's the characters, the pertinent observations of what motivates people to react in certain ways, and most importantly how families work in a contempo ...more
An interesting story, with the action split between the present and 25 years previous. The setting moves between North London and Provence, and both areas were well ...more
There's a clever and interesting book at the the heart of this but it ...more
The rest of the book is how people deal with Frank’s legacy. His blameless daughter Jem is forced to clear up Frank's mess, drawing her into ...more
We begin as Frank dies on his way to confront Kathleen, who, he has discovered, had his son after a two week affair. Kathleen is relieved that he didn't manage to do that, but Jem, his daughter ...more
This is a compelling and somewhat unusual read. In common with many other current novels, it features a number of rather horrid characters - tempered in this case by some rather loveable and sympathetic ones. The plot is excellent, beginning with the death of one of the main characters, and ending on an optimistic note. I would love to know what happens next - a sure sign of a good ...more
As the story unfolds the past spreads out to take in a famous woman, a proud husband and two grown up siblings. None of them aware what was to arrive on the doorstep over Christmas.
This well written novel is told in a gentle fashion ...more
An interesting telling of the history a family.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.