Tuesday, July 28, 2020

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Beth's grandfather has died and he's left everything to his grandkids—Beth and her siblings, Portia, and Eddie. But before they can claim their inheritance, they have to complete a road trip. Not just any road trip. The same road trip they took with their grandfather two decades ago. When they finish, they're to scatter his ashes in California. 

But this road trip isn't so straightforward. Everyone is hiding something. Someone might be out to sabotage them. And there are things about that first trip that none of the siblings ever told anyone outside the family. Things that might be coming back to haunt them even now. 

He Started It was not what I expected at all. And I think that's the point. It's what I like to describe as an "and then" book. You know, the kind of story where there are constant twists that seem to come out of nowhere. 

First, the siblings are forced to take a road trip together. And then things start to go off the rails!

Honestly, it made this a pretty fun read! The twists are less like twists and more like hairpin turns, which is appropriate since this is a story that takes place on the road. 

Beth, our narrator, is keeping things close to her chest. She keeps secrets from her brother and sister. She also keeps secrets from her husband who, along with Eddie's wife, are the two tag alongs on the trip. And she keeps secrets from the reader, too!

This book was a lesson in family dysfunction! And that's just one piece. If you're into super twisty reads with big surprises and crazy pants plots, He Started It is definitely up your alley. It's also up your alley if you like fun, fast, darkly twisted thrillers :)

Samantha Downing's latest is one I highly recommend. Now I have to go read her debut, My Lovely Wife!

Buy it from your favorite indie via Bookshop!

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