Title: The Heirs
Author: Susan Rieger
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publish Date: May 23, 2017
My Rating: 3/5
Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him. In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure.
Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together — Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm — and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty – a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor’s sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all.
A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable, patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out Edith Wharton for the 21st century.
Synopsis: After the family patriarch dies, his widow and five sons are faced with a woman who sues his estate claiming she had two sons with him. The grieving family are all upset with this claim and are unsure if they should believe it.
I enjoyed the writing and the way the story was told. Each chapter was from a different character’s viewpoint, but still remained third-person.
The family was very wealthy, and a bit dysfunctional. I enjoyed Eleanor, the widow, most of all. She was much more complex than she first appeared. The sons all had different personalities, and the family dynamics were entertaining to read.
I wavered on how to rate this book. It’s short – something of this length I would normally read in one sitting, but this one took me a few days. Though it was well-written, it didn’t always hold my interest. Also, I didn’t like the ending.