[ BOOKS ] ✪ He Started It Author Samantha Downing – Thepurelynaturalcompany.co.uk

He Started It There is no sopho slump here None At all I read 300 books last year and My Lovely Wife was my favorite I loved this EVERY SINGLE BIT as much I loved being in Beth s head as she was forced to take this road trip from hell with her dysfunctional siblings, nerdy husband and new sister in law She is wily, wry, hilarious, snarky, sad and a teensy bit crazy.The ending blew me away Brava I just cannotReading this book made me feel like I got to hang out in Samantha Downing s head for a f There is no sopho slump here None At all I read 300 books last year and My Lovely Wife was my favorite I loved this EVERY SINGLE BIT as much I loved being in Beth s head as she was forced to take this road trip from hell with her dysfunctional siblings, nerdy husband and new sister in law She is wily, wry, hilarious, snarky, sad and a teensy bit crazy.The ending blew me away Brava I just cannotReading this book made me feel like I got to hang out in Samantha Downing s head for a few days and it was a super fun place to be We both appreciate double battered onion rings and therefore should be besties, but I digress Grab this the second you can Do not pass Go, do not collect 200.Thank you Goodreads for selecting me as a winner for this giveaway 4 StarsFamily You can t Pick em, but Sometimes, you sure which you could Ah, the nostalgia of family road trips Unfortunately for Eddie, Beth and Portia, they don t exactly have fond memories of the road trip they took with their dear old Grandpa when they were young Nightmares arelike it So why, pray tell would they be willing to relive the experience all over again An inheritance of course Dear sweet Grandpa bequeathed them each with lots of dough on one condition, they must take 4 StarsFamily You can t Pick em, but Sometimes, you sure which you could Ah, the nostalgia of family road trips Unfortunately for Eddie, Beth and Portia, they don t exactly have fond memories of the road trip they took with their dear old Grandpa when they were young Nightmares arelike it So why, pray tell would they be willing to relive the experience all over again An inheritance of course Dear sweet Grandpa bequeathed them each with lots of dough on one condition, they must take that exact road trip onetime Sounds easy enough right Eddie, Beth and Portia, should have figured that it would be dangerous, treacherous even After all, each prides themselves on keeping secrets Whoppers, if you will and let s face it, if you aren t going to keep secrets from your family, who are you to keep secrets from He Started It by Samantha Downing has an oddly addictive quality to it I kept turning page after page even when I knew I needed to put the book down It s compelling and engrossing and all of those dastardly little secrets got me and got me good After having read Ms Downing s debut novel, My Lovely Wife which was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and now this, I can say that Samantha Downing is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I will read anything and everything she writes For those of you who haven t haven t read anything by her, it s about time you changed that As far as family road trips go, thanks for the lesson, I plan on steering clear This was another fabulous buddy read with Kaceey.Thank you so much to Elisha at Penguin Publishing Group for the arc and to Samantha Downing as well Published on Goodreads on 12.8.19To be published onupon its release.Excerpt to be published on Instagram upon its release I couldn t wait for this road trip to end 3 siblings are forced to reenact a childhood road trip in order to claim their inheritance The drive to their final destination leads them into danger, as all are plotting behind one another s back Secrets are unearthed, betrayals revealed, and relationships implode.I don t have much to say The plot is convoluted and the narrative drags and drags and drags Beth the narrator is a toneless bore who keeps telling and telling and telling FOR THE ENTIRE I couldn t wait for this road trip to end 3 siblings are forced to reenact a childhood road trip in order to claim their inheritance The drive to their final destination leads them into danger, as all are plotting behind one another s back Secrets are unearthed, betrayals revealed, and relationships implode.I don t have much to say The plot is convoluted and the narrative drags and drags and drags Beth the narrator is a toneless bore who keeps telling and telling and telling FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK I would have enjoyed thishad I been able to see what was going on vs being constantly told by boring Beth what was happening I loved My Lovely Wife, and it pains me to write this review, but, wow, what a disappointment I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review There is a quote in the book about families being the least forgiving of them all Would you agree I bet Eddie, Beth, and Portia would The siblings are on a road trip where they are recreating a road trip they previously took with their grandfather when they were children Their grandfather has died and has left instructions in his will that they must finish this road trip in order to collect their inheritance Sounds easy, right Except for this time, Eddie and Beth have their spouses with the There is a quote in the book about families being the least forgiving of them all Would you agree I bet Eddie, Beth, and Portia would The siblings are on a road trip where they are recreating a road trip they previously took with their grandfather when they were children Their grandfather has died and has left instructions in his will that they must finish this road trip in order to collect their inheritance Sounds easy, right Except for this time, Eddie and Beth have their spouses with them and the three siblings are hiding a secret s The one secret is a BIG one Something that neither Eddie nor Beth have shared with their spouses there is a member of their family who has been missing for years Plus, a black truck is following themAll the siblings have their quirks, none are entirely who they initially present themselves to be As the book progresses, we learnabout them, their secrets, their rivalries, their personalities and just how dysfunctional they all are Beth is our narrator and she is quite the character She admits in the beginning that she is a cheater and one might wonder, is she a reliable narrator She gives us family history, insight well, coming from her POV , and adds to the drama.I ll admit, the beginning was a little slow for me but soon picked up and I did feel as if I was on this road trip right along with them They made me appreciate my normal, easy going sister a lotThis book had some twists, turns and reveals Samantha Downing did surprise me on several occasions while reading this book Will she surprise you This book went from slow to interesting Put me in the camp that enjoyed the ending I found it to be clever Just what will Downing come up with next I look forward to readingbooks from her in the future Thank you to Berkley Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own like many books in this rona riddled world of ours, this one s birthday got pushed back from april to july, which is an even better time of year for escaping into a page turning thriller about a backstabby family and their ill fated road trip but don t take my word for it trust in the HOT sticker this is the dysfunction laced tale of three estranged siblings who are about to inherit a lot of money and all they have to do is fulfill the terms of their wealthy grandfather s will to reenact like many books in this rona riddled world of ours, this one s birthday got pushed back from april to july, which is an even better time of year for escaping into a page turning thriller about a backstabby family and their ill fated road trip but don t take my word for it trust in the HOT sticker this is the dysfunction laced tale of three estranged siblings who are about to inherit a lot of money and all they have to do is fulfill the terms of their wealthy grandfather s will to reenact the cross country road trip he took them on when they were kids and scatter his ashes at the end which would be a simple enough request, and even a sweetly nostalgic one, if what went down on that trip was something any of them wanted to revisit or even remember.AND if the will didn t have additional, somewhat ominous fineprint stipulations disinheriting anyone who fails to complete or otherwise deviates from the original route or anyone winding up in jail before the final destination.AND if they weren t being followed the whole way by a menacing black truck whose occupants seem hell bent on sabotage it s a perfect tinderbox of a situation all the expected discomfort and grumpiness of a family road trip also i need to say here how much i LOVE this title with layer upon layer of additional tension three siblings who haven t been around each other for quite a while, quickly remembering why they haven t been around each other for quite a while, packed into a rental car with two spouses, their grandfather s ashes, and all of their literal and psychological baggage, riddled with secrets and suspicions, reckoning with past grievances and buried resentments and that brand of emotional backsliding and regressive behavior that rears up in the presence of family members who knew you when, hypnotized by the monotony of the road, bloated with greasy fried food and alcohol and murrrrrrderit s funny and dark with very sharp edges, as the tales of two road trips unfold through calculating middle child beth s POV, who knows what she knows and suspects what she suspects and shares what she feels like sharing with the reader, who is taken on a very twisty journey i suspected a thing, and then, as though sensing i suspected a thing orlikely having deliberately led me to this suspicion , downing confirmed and then undermined the thing, reversed it and then reversed it again, leaving me too dizzy to focus on some of the other things going on in the periphery, catching me off guard to my great delight.i am being vague because i must.if you enjoyed Knives Out, there s a good chance you will also enjoy this toxic family reunion where seeeecrets and inheritance rekindle sibling rivalry, bring out those competitive streaks and deceit and greed and murrrrrderrrrrrrrrr and it s all deliciously vicious and popcorny so, as far as that ending goes i read this book in the Before in the Now, the ending bothers me less it s an ending that matches my outlook and my expectations for what happens now view spoiler resigned and unresolved but likely hopeless hide spoiler for myself and my enemies, for anyone who was spoonfed a fantasy of bonnie and clyde as a tragic love story before being thrust into a museum full of bodies and bullets and blood none of us expected this inasmuch as time has meaning any imagine being confined with your family for a long time hahaha no but imagine if road trips could exist this was one of those books where i didn t even want to stop reading long enough to take a pee break i was completely consumed, engrossed, hearts in my eyes, neglecting all the other things i was supposed to be doing and then that ending I AM UNDECIDED NOW four stars for now, lemme think on it and figure it out while i m writing the review if i ever get caught up on reviews.come to my blog Road trip WHEEEEEEE Remember those unbearable road trips you took when you were a kid Stuffed into the backseat with your annoying siblings So busy fighting you missed all the bizarre roadside attractions Well, what if many years later you had to retrace those steps That s right boys and girls It s another road trip Only now you re all grown up And guess what if you make it to the end There just might be a surprise waiting for you Bonus Buckle up When grandpa died, the instructions in Road trip WHEEEEEEE Remember those unbearable road trips you took when you were a kid Stuffed into the backseat with your annoying siblings So busy fighting you missed all the bizarre roadside attractions Well, what if many years later you had to retrace those steps That s right boys and girls It s another road trip Only now you re all grown up And guess what if you make it to the end There just might be a surprise waiting for you Bonus Buckle up When grandpa died, the instructions in his will requested his grandchildren to retrace the trip he took them on as children If they can pull it off while adhering to a few specific rules along the way, they will all inherit from his estate Good luck kids Cause you re all going to need it Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines Samantha Downing writes a clever thriller that will keep you flipping the pages as the sibling rivalries are re ignited, ramping up to full throttle Secrets Lies Maybe even murder How terribly juicy Quick question How is your relationship with your family members Think you could all survive the Highway to Hell road trip Happy trails I m glad I read this one alongside Susanne as it created quite a conversation at the end I think it will for you too I ll be curious to see what you all think Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and Samantha Downing for an ARC to read and review Grandfather s Will has been read, and the instructions are clear Eddie, Beth and Portia must go on THE road trip, that he had taken them on when they were just kids, and scatter his ashes at the end Once he is in his final resting place, his assets would be divided equally between the three His liquid assets alone come in at 3,453,000 with a house, car and furnishings yet to be sold Of course, there are a few final conditions Anyone who ends up in jail, who does not complete the trip, or w Grandfather s Will has been read, and the instructions are clear Eddie, Beth and Portia must go on THE road trip, that he had taken them on when they were just kids, and scatter his ashes at the end Once he is in his final resting place, his assets would be divided equally between the three His liquid assets alone come in at 3,453,000 with a house, car and furnishings yet to be sold Of course, there are a few final conditions Anyone who ends up in jail, who does not complete the trip, or who deviates from the original trip in ANY way, will get NOTHING.Is this their Grandfather s way of reuniting the siblings who have not spent time together in years This is Samantha Downing So, you KNOW it Isn t With their eyes on the prize the 14 day road trip beginsTo survive Each will need a Strategy Each will need an Alliance.Each will need a little Luck Good thing they learned about all three while growing up and playing the board and dice game RISK, as a LOVING familyOh Samantha Downing, you are SO VERY CLEVERI THINK I know the answer to your question..But, MAYBE I don t A terrific buddy read with Marilyn and Kim..LOTS to discuss TRUST ME..you will want to read it with a friend so you can talk about the ending Thank you to Edelweiss, Berkeley and the author for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review This will be available on April 28, 2020 and I am already looking forward to seeing what Samantha Downing has in store for us next 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 Importantly Secure Their InheritanceBut Time With Your Family Can Be Tough It Is For EveryoneIt 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 ReasonsBut Money Is A Powerful Motivator It Is For Everyone Hot Diggity Dang I am back in the groove RTC 4 Siblings Can t Live With Them So Why Not Kill Them Stars I kid, I kid but really if you have siblings you know that no matter how much you love them, you ve fantasized about hurting them at some point or other Let s be honest, we re all friends here Samantha Downing is my new Queen of Dysfunction First, we saw just how dysfunctional and crazy marriage can get inMy Lovely Wife which I LOVED Now, we have the ultimate sibling road trip from hell in He Started It and I was 100% b 4 Siblings Can t Live With Them So Why Not Kill Them Stars I kid, I kid but really if you have siblings you know that no matter how much you love them, you ve fantasized about hurting them at some point or other Let s be honest, we re all friends here Samantha Downing is my new Queen of Dysfunction First, we saw just how dysfunctional and crazy marriage can get inMy Lovely Wife which I LOVED Now, we have the ultimate sibling road trip from hell in He Started It and I was 100% buckled in and along for the ride I binged this page turner in one day people Yup, told ya I was all in Needless to say Ms Downing has quickly become an auto buy author for me I can t wait to see what that mind of hers comes up with next I loved being in Beth s head during this road trip from hell She is witty, snarky and jaded with a pinch of crazy sprinkled on top In other words she s my kind of girl So what brings 3 siblings and 2 spouses together to re enact a crazy road trip from their childhood Money of course You know that saying money is the root of all evil Well, it sure is true here Eddie, Beth and Portia have to re do the one and only road trip they took with their Grandpa in their youth in order to claim their inheritance Things start out well enough but as the trip goes on we see that everything isn t exactly what it seems We find ourselves uncovering dark secrets from the past while on a treacherous, possibly life threatening journey in the present Sibling rivalry, betrayal, lies and shake your head, did I just read that juicy family drama run rampant And that ending Let s just say if I ever take a road trip with my siblings, I ll be sleeping with one eye open just in case A huge thank you to the amazing Samantha Downing, Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to review an advance copy of this amazing read due out on April 28th Mark your calendars friends this is one family road trip you won t want to miss


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