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The Family

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  46 reviews

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

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Published May 2nd 2019 by Aria
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May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Firstly got to say this book wins the award for the ‘most times I have clicked the blue dictionary spot’ on Kindle in a book, ever.....surprisingly this did not niggle or annoy in the slightest and enjoyed learning new words...
Now the book
And what a book
Without doubt the most terrifying book I have read in a long long time, graphic in parts yes BUT psychologically terrifying!
Becky was on holiday with her family when they are murdered, horrifyingly and she manages to escape, she wants revenge (
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I really struggled with this book. It was overly graphic and at times unbelievable. The main character was not at all likeable. I just could not get excited about it at all. I liked the sound of the book but it did not live up to expectations for me.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

What the HECK did I just read?! The Family by P.R. Black totally blew me away and I wasn't even expecting it.

What it's about: Becky Morgan has had a rough, to say the least, life; the lone survivor of the brutal murder of her family, it is twenty years later, and the killer still hasn't been caught. Sick of living in fear, Becky decides to start her own hunt for the killer using some less than legal measures to do so. As she digs into murders of families that appear to be connected
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Twenty years ago Becky Morgan’s family was killed while they were on holiday in France. Becky managed to get away and now that it is coming upon the twentieth anniversary of their murder, she wants to find the killer and make him pay. Revenge sets Becky down a dark and twisty path where every turn she makes could be her last.

The Family by P.R. Black is definitely not what I first expected. I thought the story would verge more on a serial killer with more of a slasher movie type vibe, but it is
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
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 y ...more
After i have finished a book I always check what other reviewers have said.
I am shocked, were they even reading the same book ??????
This book ticked all my boxes!!!!!!
Intense, chilling, scary and absolutely gripping. I could not put this book down. Lots of blood and gore, made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. This read is packed with tension and suspense. This is definitely my type of book. I would recommend you read this book with all the lights on. The climax was shocking but SO GOO
Becky Morgan is the only survivor of a horrific ritual killing which killed the rest of her family. The killer was never caught, and twenty years later Becky is set to seek her revenge. Should she avenge her family’s deaths or should old wounds be left sealed.

This is the first book I have read by this author. One of the things that attracted me to this book was the front cover, which gave the book a slightly creepy feel to it. The blurb also sounded just like the type of book I’d like to read. T
Zoé-lee O'farrell
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019

The ordeal that Rebecca Morgan has to go through is one that I would hope I would never have to go through as it is one terrifying act of brutality. Some of the murders described are gory and violent and shocking. As wrong as it sounds I enjoyed these bits in the book as these bits were straightforward. You knew what you were going to get. Other times in the book I did get confused about where in Europe Becky was. She always travelling and I didn’t know where. There were also shock galore with t
Jane Hunt
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a deep and dark novel, with noir themes, and graphically described violence. The written imagery is vivid, and the suspense, and level of menace, this story engenders is intense.

Becky is the sole survivor of a horrific, ritualistic murder that robbed her of her close family, and left her, unsurprisingly, traumatised and emotionally damaged. Twenty years on, she is still suffering, despite therapy, and the comfort, sought from the bottom of a bottle. She needs closure and revenge. Spurred
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book while on a family vacation in a rented house! I really liked the characters and my interest was held throughout. Great book!
Naomi Joy
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tour de force of a thriller! I absolutely loved this heart-stopping, spine-tingling novel that had me completely and utterly gripped throughout. And hats off for scaring me silly!
Angelika Rust
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book starts in an almost classic fashion – with a flashback to the night Becky Morgan’s family died at the hands of a brutal killer – then does a fast forward to twenty years later, and Becky Morgan as she is today: a deeply troubled personality, somewhere between habitually drunk and hyper alert, a survivor with a death wish, as weary as she’s badass, held upright by sarcasm and pretty much anything she can grab. All we know at first is that she’s the only member of her family who escaped t ...more
Melissa Conway
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve ever visited Booksquawk, you are surely familiar with the reviews written by PR Black. They are insightful, oftentimes amusing, and have become the mainstay of the site. As the administrator, I’ve read each and every one of them, and in this way have come to know him. Writers must be readers first and foremost, and of all the reviewers at the Squawk, PR is the most prolific. As a hard-core reader, he has a deep understanding of how a novel should be written, and an uncommon gift for pu ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the most frightening books I ever read and it’s safe to say if you love a thriller with the most evil bad guys then look no further then this. The story begins with a gripping opening chapter that is truly unnerving and quickly becomes even more unnerving the more we learn about the main character , her past , and her life now . Few books can carry off a frightening plot for the full duration of a book but this author did it for real . We get glimpses of Becky’s past and ...more
Brendan Gisby
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paint It Black!

I’ve long been an admirer of Black’s writing in his short stories and novellas, particularly those that are set in his home territory of the West of Scotland. I’ve laughed and cried and stood back in amazement when reading them. Sometimes I’ve even thought of calling the Polis! This book, I believe, is his first published foray into noveldom, a foray which he has accomplished big-time and in style. The Family is a dark (verging on black) and complex tale of a serial killer’s victi
Apr 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Family.

I really wanted to like this one; really, really I did.

But it was just so convoluted and all over the place, not to mention there were moments I could not suspend disbelief for, especially that trite twist in the end. Really?

The premise is right up my alley; two decades ago, Becky Morgan was slaughtered by a sadistic serial killer in which she was the only survivor. Since then, she has been coping with bad dreams, survivor guilt and lots of
Donna Hines
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Becky is the lone survivor of the 'Crime of the Decade' against her family.
While dealing with survivor's guilt she tries to understand it all and figure her placement in it.
The problem is the killer was never found and it's been 20 years.
As old wounds open up she's left wondering is it better to get revenge or join them?
I had high hopes as the premise looked appealing and it started strong for me but it fell under shortly thereafter and I really couldn't get back into it.
Thank you to PR Black, t
Patricia Romero
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Becky was the only survivor of the horrific and ritualistic killing of her entire family. Injured and terrified she saw her opportunity to run and she did. Rescued by a man in the woods.

Adult Becky is doing everything she can to find out who the killer was and why he hasn't been found. But when her digging starts getting people who help her killed in horrible ways, she doesn't stop, she just goes harder. Not knowing who to trust may just get her killed herself before she can find out the truth. 
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*5 Stars*

Copy kindly received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really good read. There were interesting and mentally sick characters. I found Becky to be a very determined character and in the end she got what she wanted. What a shock it would have been re her sister though.

Recommend this one.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, read it in 2 sittings, couldn't wait to find out Whodunnit! The strong female lead character grew on me (I laughed at her swift but exquisite revenge on one unpleasant person, she's certainly ballsy). This book keeps you guessing all the way through, it does make you think about the future use of technology, has enough thrilling darkness to make you want to look over your shoulder as you traipse upstairs to bed and most definitely a few "never saw that coming" moments. ...more
Mandy Baggot
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast-paced murder thriller that kept me turning the pages late into the night. It was intelligent and slick with just the right amount of blood and gore. I pride myself in figuring things out along the way but the ending was very clever and I hadn't guessed it. Looking forward to another P R Black book soon! Recommended for fans of Mark Edwards. ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not normally a genre I would go for but loved this book!

Gripped right from the start and read it so quickly as I wanted to know what happened next. There are some great twists and surprises throughout. Definitely recommend.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview The Family by PR Black.
Twenty years ago and terrible event occurred - An entire family was murdered - but there was one survivior, Becky.
The murders were not solved, and now Becky is trying to find out who did this to her family. Will she get what she is looking for - comfort in finding the killer(s), or will she continue to struggle with no satisfaction.
This is a tough read - explicit and scary. Good twist at the end.
3 stars.
Melinda Anders
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good, if you enjoyed Girl with the Dragon Tattoo you will enjoy this one too. Our main character Becky loses her entire family by a crazy killer. She suspects he is killing other families through out Europe. Including a few associates along the way she tries to find the killer even though it has been years since she lost her family.
There is constant action and twists and turns that keep you reading late into night. I only hope that the author writes more cases for Becky to work
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fast psychological thriller about the only survivor of a gruesome ritual killing and her struggle with this memory and the fact that they have never found the guy who did it. When Becky begins to make some serious connections with similar crimes across Europe her hunt for the killer begins and we're along for that ride.

I struggled with this book for many re
Heather (
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published 5/2/19.

Becky is the lone survivor after her parents and two siblings are the victims of a ritualistic killing. Now an adult, Becky suffers permanent emotional damage because of her horrible ordeal as a child but she’s determined to find their killer and get her revenge.

All in all I did like this book. It definitely had the mystery aspect going for it. There were some heart-pounding scenes. And
Tasha Williams
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
::..Reviewed for Red's Midnight Readers..::

I was very kindly offered an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review and I have given it 3.5 stars.

Becky is the lone survivor of a pretty horrific murder, that saw 3 members of her family butchered at the hands of a sadist.

20 years later and the case has gone cold and Becky is out to uncover the truth once and for all.

This book started out really strong, in fact I had started it late at night and the first chapter gave me the chills so bad, I
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book blurb...
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
Suesyn Zellmer
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would be good, but man, it really pulled me in. It involves Becky, the sole survivor of her family's horrible ritualistic killings. Now a journalist, she's taking time off at the twentieth anniversary of the crime to travel and hunt for the killer who destroyed her family and who has eluded the authorities for so long. She suspects he has killed others and has escaped justice because he is well-connected to high-ranking authorities who cover ...more
Angela  Mellor
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The Family is a book I struggled with due to the graphic nature that was at times very heavy and found it leaned more towards horror than thriller.
The book blurb I read I thought it was going to be right up my street but unfortunately wasn’t. Becky Morgan is the main character, twenty years ago her family were killed whilst holidaying in France, Becky survived and now wants to find the murderer and make him pay for her loss. The book for me is split into two parts, the first part sets the scene
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Author and journalist P.R. 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 Teleg ...more

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