He Started It by Samantha Downing

Release Date - July 21, 2020



He Started It started starts with a simple statement. "You want a heroine." Most stories do have a heroine. This book stands apart as the family within the pages is so flawed and unlikable that by the final page I wondered what the hell I'd done. It was a few hours of my life that I can't get back. I read every page, sure, but I never liked anything I read.

Eddie, Beth, and Portia were just 14, 12, and 6 when their grandfather took them on a road trip across the U.S. Two decades later, the trio find themselves hitting the road again. Their grandfather died and wants his ashes spread on the other side of the country. If they want to inherit his millions to split equally, they must recreate the road trip they all went on together. The last road trip wasn't a fun family vacation due to situations and circumstances revealed along the way. This one could prove to be even worse.

Eddie, Beth, Portia, their parents, and their grandfather put the DYSFUNCTIONAL in dysfunctional family. I cannot think of anything redeeming about any of them. Their actions then and now are just screwed up. The ending, I won't give away, but it was truly a WTF moment. I wanted to love this book, and I can say it had me read to the ending, but now that I have, I wish I hadn't.

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