Written by Olivia Glazebrook
After Frank drops down dead in Heathrow Arrivals on Christmas Eve, his estranged daughter Jem is called in to identify the body.
When Jem travels back to Frank’s house in France – a house she hasn’t been in since she was a child – she realises that Frank had a son too.
Frank has died of a congenital heart defect, a defect he may have passed on to his daughter – or on to his son. Jem must warn her brother, but in finding herself a family she risks ripping another apart.
Shrewd, witty and poignant, The Frank Business is a vivid tale of love and other battlefields.
Astute and Compelling Read!
What a delicious read about family dynamics and consequences of keeping secrets!
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 read; the author has a keen eye for the fragility of family relationships and how the ups and downs of everyday life affects this. The Griffins are no ordinary family though – mother Kathleen and son Scott – or Sonny, as he is known – are both actors, whilst father Walter is a war photographer and daughter Lauren is involved in the technical side of films. As their lives become entwined with Jem, the only daughter of Frank, who comes to warn them about the genital heart condition which affected her father, the effects ricochet through each of them. We find out in retrospect what happened in the past to the main characters and what kind of person Frank was.
My attention never wandered from this one .. it is a compelling read and one I enjoyed from first to last. The characters – good or bad – are all true to life; the circumstances they all find themselves in are believable too and the result is an attention grabbing read which made me desperate to find out where it was all heading. I’m delighted that, at the end of the book, everything was neatly finished off and every question raised was satisfactorily answered. A really rewarding read, and another author to watch out for in future. Another 5* read!
My thanks to publisher John Murray Press for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest opinion and unbiased review.
Tags: family, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 288 pages
- Publisher: John Murray Press
- Publication Date: 7 March 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- W. H. Smith
Meet the Author
Olivia Glazebrook was born in 1976 and brought up in Dorset, England. She studied English literature at University College London and has written as a journalist, screenwriter, film critic, and book critic for fifteen years. The Trouble With Alice is her first novel. She lives in West London.