He Started It by Samantha Downing #BookReview

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No one knows you better than your family. They know your hopes and dreams. And your darkest secrets.

This is a story about three siblings. It’s about a secret they’ve all kept since they were children. It’s a story about lying. A story about murder. A story where only one can win…

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Thank you to my blog friend Jonetta for making me pick up one of Samantha Downing’s novels! Well the year has certainly ended on a high note with this novel! He Started It is a novel about a road trip. Scratch that, it’s a novel about a power trip, both in the present and past storyline.

After their grandpa died Beth, along with her siblings Eddie and Portia stand to inherit his estate, car and liquid funds. All they have to do to receive their inheritance is go on a road trip. Well not just any road trip but THE road trip, following the exact same route as the only other road trip they went on when they were children and their grandpa took them on to give their parents time alone to sort their differences.

He Started It is filled to the brim with secrets and lies, the characters are generally untrustworthy and greedy. Her older brother Eddie is a charming asshole, her younger sister Portia stole from her even when she was 6 years old so she might be up to her old tricks in the present. As for Beth herself, she doesn’t call herself a good person, she makes it clear from the start that she’s not hero, and she really isn’t a good person either but in the end I did still feel for her! Mission accomplished you amazing author!

This was literally the road trip from hell, it all starts going haywire fairly soon when they feel they are being followed by another car, but who and why? Are they even being followed or is it also a lie, Beth doesn’t know for sure. Strange things do start to happen when they’re not looking, things go missing, but is it an outsider or an insider… you just don’t know! On top of that the author drops plenty of twists and turns in the past roadtrip as well with great shock value. It only added to the suspense and it had me question every few pages what went wrong on that first roadtrip and what secret they’re not talking about.

This was unlike any other roadtrip I ever read about and I loved every second of this crazy trip. Maybe I would have liked it more if Beth was the one good person but in this family, how could she? I had no idea how this would end and this novel managed to surprise me right up to when I read the very last lines.

I can’t believe it’s only the first novel I read by Samantha Downing, but it will certainly not be my last! If you enjoy unpredictable stories, then you really need to add this one to your list!

I bought a paperback copy of this novel via Amazon. This is my honest opinion.

11 thoughts on “He Started It by Samantha Downing #BookReview

  1. The road trip from hell? Sounds fun! I don’t mind if the protagonist isn’t a good person, especially if it’s understandable how they turned out, the way they did. Hope you’ve had a nice Christmas break (maybe you are still off work)? I don’t go back until 4th Jan.

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    • Best and worst road trip ever! If it’s a novel for the re-read list you know it’s a good one! I have two weeks of two days work and three days off, so go back on Jan 3. It seemed like a good idea but today was my second week and had 60 mails after 3 days absence (and I have a colleague in my out of office to handle things). Have a great end of the year, and my best wishes for 2022! ❤️

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      • Best wishes for 2022! Completely agree, it’s a nightmare to come back to a gazillion emails after a holiday. Sometimes, I manage to forget my passwords as well. And once, I forgot, which floor I was working on. The positive aspect is, I am good at forgetting work completely, once I am on holiday. I wouldn’t like your variation with partly working. Normally, I prefer to have a couple of weeks in a row.

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