I've just finished reading this book and it was a great read. It has everything that a family is. Scandal, gossip, love/hate relationships, drama, intrigue and mystery. And that is just the characters!! I have enjoyed reading other books by this same author and although this book was huge in it's size, I couldn't put it down wanting to know what happened next. It's a great summer read and takes you all over the world but the main story is the family itself. The ups and downs of a family without the mother to keep it together was a very personal reflection having lost my mother at 17. The relationships between all the characters is so so real and felt to me like I was entering from a fly on the wall view of the personal struggles and triumphs of a very complex but mainly the same as us family.
I would encourage anyone to have a read of this book for it's unique but true to life story of the complexities of growing up within a large family.