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    Compulsively dysfunctional

    I enjoyed My Lovely Wife but I loved this, you couldn’t imagine a more messed up but seemingly functional family than feature in this book, and not just the siblings either to be fair. A road trip can be testing even for those families that get on well but when you’re retracing a memorable (and not in a good way) trip you took with your grandad in your youth for the purpose of ultimately scattering his ashes with siblings you neither trust not can be trusted with it’s never going to end well. Not one character is likeable but they’re all the more compelling for it, you have no idea what they might do, whether any can be trusted and you’re left wondering what twist is going to hit you next. This is a creepy page turner that I raced through in no time as I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next and just how it would all end.
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    Incredibly Wonderful!

    Samantha Downing has written another blockbuster of a novel! He Started It is not as wickedly paced as My Lovely Wife; instead the author provided a slow burn story, as it explores the relationship between three siblings on a road trip together in the aftermath of their granddads's death. In order for Beth, Eddie and Portia to receive their inheritance they must once again travel the same trip that they did with their granddad as children, twenty years ago. But they all have their secrets and along the way, the truth of that first journey gradually emerges. Once again, I was absolutely blown away with the cleverness of Samantha Downing. As I travelled with the family on their first trip as well as this latest one, I felt their rivalry and tension between them, though there were nice touches of humour as well. Their relationships changed momentum during the adventure which added dimension, interest and entertainment value. The end just incredible... and amazing! I did not see it coming but maybe I should have as there’s so much that is unconventional and unorthodox in this one. A true masterpiece, you'd be crazy to miss out on He Started It. Whatever Samantha Downing chooses to write next will certainly be at the top of my reading list. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin UK - Michael Joseph via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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