eARC Review: He Started It, by Samantha Downing

he started it samantha downingRating: ★★★★☆

Categories: Mystery, Thriller

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I received an advance copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

He Started It is Samantha Downing’s second book, telling the story of three siblings who must take a road trip together if they want to receive the inheritance their grandfather left them. Each has their own agenda and secrets. If only they can complete two weeks of travelling like they did twenty years before, they’ll all live millionaires.

I don’t think there’s anyone out there writing unlikable women in thrillers quite like Samantha Downing – our narrator Beth is cold, with quite a lot of uncharitable thoughts about everyone, manipulative and lies all the time, but I loved her so much. You don’t necessarily root for her all the time, and I think a lot of readers might side with one of the other siblings in this story. From the beginning, Beth tells you she isn’t your heroine in this story, but that is for the reader to tell, anyway.

This was so addictive I read it in one sitting and ignore anything else I had to do that day (thankfully I’m on vacation anyway) just to finish this. This family saga thriller is so wonderfully paced and so full of twists I audibly gasped a lot. I didn’t see a lot of the twists coming at all. I can’t recommend her books enough, and I’m quite happy that this is not only just as good as My Lovely Wife, but such a unique story that will teach the reader not to underestimate any of the characters.

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