How to get out of the family business when the business is a gang and there is a turf war looming - that is Sean Murphy's dilemma. There's no real way out for Sean - not only does he feel family loyalty, he's spent his life participating in the violence. One of the many things I liked is the gradual way Sean has realized he need to get out - it's not one incident but a number of them. Of course, the reader is hoping he can do it, but he makes mistakes along with the good decisions. An engrossing story about someone trying to make good
Sean has kind of a midlife crisis and longs to change his life... No easy feat when you're part of the family business and that the family business is a gang.
Everything collides and collapses around Sean as he's thrown in a middle a territory war, making it even more problematic and impossible to hope to escape his 'family' while at the same time he falls in love with an innocent outsider who makes him really wish he was a better man and free of it all.
JR Tate takes you through a journey where the hero looks suspiciously like a fly tangled in a spiderweb. You keep biting your nails hoping for a exit door opening for him and Gracie, through what feels like a insolvable dilemma.
He's human, flawed and even though you know technically Sean isn't lily white, you root for him without second thoughts.
Intense, well written, Murphy's war keeps you on the edge of your seat without the overload of graphic scenes and vocabulary that often clutter similarly themed books.
I love the intensity in this book. Sean is a fantastic character. From birth, he was groomed to take over the lead in family gang but he never really wanted that role. His struggle to break free from his family's expectations is heartbreaking and intense. When he meets Gracie, her belief in him gives him the courage to finally make the break.