He started it

Samantha Downing

Book - 2020

"In the latest thrillingly savage stand-alone from the twisted mind behind mega hit My Lovely Wife comes the story of a family--not unlike your own--just with a few more violent tendencies thrown in.... 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"--

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Genres
Suspense fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York : Berkley 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
389 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780451491756
0451491750
Main Author
Samantha Downing (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* In her second psychological thriller (following My Lovely Wife, 2019), Downing has totally mastered the ancient rhetorical tactic implied in that familiar infomercial phrase, But wait, there's more! With our need to know ramped up through a series of teasers offering more to come, this tale is virtually impossible to put down. Siblings Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan, the sole survivors of an extremely dysfunctional family with violent, even criminal, tendencies, reunite for the mother of all road trips. The at-first likable Beth tells the story, sharing truly odd details about the others that draws us to her, an intimacy that slowly dissolves with revelations of Beth's own unstable self. The sibs' wealthy grandfather has died, and, to collect their inheritance, they must re-create the cross-country trip they took together as children after grandpa abducted them from their parents. Childhood issues resurface, and it gets nasty quickly, but they drive on, the rental car hurtling down the highway, fueled by their greed, with a menacing black truck in pursuit. It is difficult to relate more without endangering an immersive, albeit chillingly dark, reading experience or spoiling the shocking conclusion. Suffice to say that the family's obsession with the game of Risk has conditioned each of them to betray one another as easily as they once conquered continents on the game board. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* In her second psychological thriller (following My Lovely Wife, 2019), Downing has totally mastered the ancient rhetorical tactic implied in that familiar infomercial phrase, But wait, there's more! With our need to know ramped up through a series of teasers offering more to come, this tale is virtually impossible to put down. Siblings Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan, the sole survivors of an extremely dysfunctional family with violent, even criminal, tendencies, reunite for the mother of all road trips. The at-first likable Beth tells the story, sharing truly odd details about the others that draws us to her, an intimacy that slowly dissolves with revelations of Beth's own unstable self. The sibs' wealthy grandfather has died, and, to collect their inheritance, they must re-create the cross-country trip they took together as children after grandpa abducted them from their parents. Childhood issues resurface, and it gets nasty quickly, but they drive on, the rental car hurtling down the highway, fueled by their greed, with a menacing black truck in pursuit. It is difficult to relate more without endangering an immersive, albeit chillingly dark, reading experience or spoiling the shocking conclusion. Suffice to say that the family's obsession with the game of Risk has conditioned each of them to betray one another as easily as they once conquered continents on the game board. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Beth Morgan's wryly humorous narration belies the high-stakes skullduggery that awaits her and her two estranged adult siblings on the cross-country road trip they're forced into taking with their grandfather's ashes in order to claim slices of his fortune, in this deliciously devious psycho thriller from Downing (My Lovely Wife). According to the terms of the will, Beth, overbearing big brother Eddie, and frosty baby sister Portia must retrace the oddball odyssey westward from Atlanta they took 20 years earlier with gramps, a traumatic trip that was intended to give their parents some alone time to save their marriage but would tear their family apart. The reboot starts inauspiciously with a truck running the travelers off the road in rural Alabama and subsequently tailing them. As backstabbing, bizarre occurrences (including the disappearance of the ashes) and betrayals pile up, Downing discloses the clan's deeply buried secrets. The journey ends in a shocking, if head-spinning, showdown in the Nevada desert. Those with a taste for suspense with a wicked kick will be rewarded. Author tour. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Beth Morgan's wryly humorous narration belies the high-stakes skullduggery that awaits her and her two estranged adult siblings on the cross-country road trip they're forced into taking with their grandfather's ashes in order to claim slices of his fortune, in this deliciously devious psycho thriller from Downing (My Lovely Wife). According to the terms of the will, Beth, overbearing big brother Eddie, and frosty baby sister Portia must retrace the oddball odyssey westward from Atlanta they took 20 years earlier with gramps, a traumatic trip that was intended to give their parents some alone time to save their marriage but would tear their family apart. The reboot starts inauspiciously with a truck running the travelers off the road in rural Alabama and subsequently tailing them. As backstabbing, bizarre occurrences (including the disappearance of the ashes) and betrayals pile up, Downing discloses the clan's deeply buried secrets. The journey ends in a shocking, if head-spinning, showdown in the Nevada desert. Those with a taste for suspense with a wicked kick will be rewarded. Author tour. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Forced by their wealthy grandfather’s death to reunite after an extended estrangement, three siblings and their respective partners reluctantly participate in a cross-country road trip to fulfill a final request and secure their inheritances.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"In the latest thrillingly savage stand-alone from the twisted mind behind mega hit My Lovely Wife comes the story of a family--not unlike your own--just with a few more violent tendencies thrown in.... 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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

AN INSTANT INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER“Wholly original. Scarily clever. Completely mesmerizing. You will never look at family road trips the same way again.”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling authorA most anticipated book by Hello Sunshine ' Cosmo ' Entertainment Weekly ' Betches ' Hollywood Reporter ' Parade ' PopSugar ' OK! Magazine '  Hello Giggles ' Bustle '  Yahoo! ' She Reads ' Book Page ' CrimeReads ' New York Post Best Book of the Week ' Goodreads  From the twisted mind behind mega hit My Lovely Wife comes the story of a family—not unlike your own—just with a few more violent tendencies thrown in....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.