He Started It by Samantha Downing

Published July 21,2020

Hardcover, 384 pages


(Thanks to Netgalley & Berkley I received an eARC)


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.


I find this quote the perfect way to start this review. “..there was a little thief inside of Portia all along. Just like there was an asshole inside of Eddie… And a liar inside of all of us.” I loved author’s other book, it kept me on my toes almost as much as this one and really had me wanting more of their books. I found this one to be an even stronger psychological thriller!

Each character was extremely unreliable, which made me feel like I couldn’t trust anyone. There was a mix of good and bad in each. The personalities of each were definitely realistic in my mind. Everyone is complex, and I thought that was portrayed wonderfully. The family dynamics were something you could only see in books and movies, it really helped everything play out.

The story started getting less and less plausible in my mind, but ending up playing out really well. If you were a fan of this author’s last book I would highly recommend picking this one up. The humor was dark and made me laugh out loud multiple times.

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