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Book Review – He Started It by Samantha Downing @smariedowning @BerkleyPub #blogtour #bookreview

I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for He Started It by Samantha Downing! Thank you Berkley Publishing for the invitation!

Book Details
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Series: None
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: 7/21/2020
Pages:  384

Goodreads Synopsis –

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory, a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

My Opinion –

Dysfunctional family road trip – raise your hand if you are in!

Beth, Eddie, and Portia have lost their grandfather and are the recipients of his inheritance. All they have to do is repeat the road trip they all took together twenty years ago. How hard could that be, right?!

I enjoyed this road trip and the mystery of it all. We don’t know where they are going, what will happen along the way, and how this road trip will end. I really had no idea what was coming next and rather than trying to figure it out I just sat back and enjoyed the ride.

One of my favorite things about this book was all of their stops along the way. They stopped at some pretty interesting places making me wish I could venture across the country myself. Unfortunately, in case you haven’t heard, there is a pesky little virus out there keeping us rooted at the moment, but it did set my mind into motion about how fun it would be to hit the road someday! Although, no offense to my four siblings, I will not be taking them with me.

These siblings are seriously messed up! How did they get that way, my lips are sealed, you will have to read the book to find out!

*Thank you Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book via NetGalley for my honest opinion.

*He Started It is available for purchase at these fine retailers:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Book Depository

About the Author –

Samantha Downing is the author of the bestselling My Lovely Wife, nominated for the Edgar, ITW, and Macavity awards for Best Debut Novel. Amazon Studios and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films have partnered to produce a feature film based on the novel.

She currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thriller.

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