He Started It by Samantha Downing [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: He Started It

Author: Samantha Downing

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: July 28, 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

He Started It by Samantha Downing


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.

He Started It by Samantha Downing


Beth and her siblings, Portia and Eddie, are forced into a road trip to fulfill their deceased grandfather’s wishes and get their inheritance. The road trip is a repeat of one they did when they were kids. The trip includes stops at odd roadside attractions, and brings back a lot of unsettling memories.

Beth is the narrator for this dysfunctional family’s road trip. Flashbacks to the original trip are told as they follow the same route and make the same stops. The new trip includes Beth and Eddie’s spouses, so there are five adults on one crazy trip. The tension is high, everyone is keeping secrets, and nobody is happy.

An ill-fated road trip. Greedy, thieving, and lying characters. Dark humor, family drama, and shocking twists. He Started It is a wickedly fun read.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Samantha Downing:
  1. My Lovely Wife
  2. He Started It
  3. For Your Own Good
  4. A Twisted Love Story

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