He Started It (Hardcover)

By Samantha Downing

Berkley, 9780451491756, 400pp.

Publication Date: April 28, 2020

List Price: 26.00*
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Description

From the twisted mind behind mega hit My Lovely Wife comes the story of a family—not unlike your own—just with a few more violent tendencies thrown in....

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.


About the Author

Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling book.


Praise For He Started It

Praise for He Started It:

“Wholly original. Scarily clever. Completely mesmerizing. You will never look at family road trips the same way again.”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A twisty, sneaking tale of greed, lies and betrayal, with each character as conniving as the next and an ending that will make your heart stop.  This one needs to be on the top of everyone's to-read list!"—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and The Other Mrs.

“A thrill ride through the darkest parts of the American landscape —funny, scary and twisted until the explosive final page.”—Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of A Stranger on the Beach

"My Lovely Wife was one of my top books of 2019. He Started It is even better! Following a dysfunctional—to put it mildly—bunch of siblings on a bizarre and deadly road trip with their grandfather’s ashes, He Started It is deliciously twisted, laced with Downing’s trademark black humor and packed with one grisly twist after another. I loved it. All hail the new Queen of the psycho thriller!!"—C.J. Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

“Downing ups her game in this deliciously twisted tale of family deception. He Started It has layers upon layers of clever, shocking twists that begin in the first chapter and never let up. Breathless pacing and terse, impeccable writing create a phenomenal reading experience. I am obsessed!”—Wendy Walker, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Before

"A wicked-fun read with razor-sharp wit and a killer twist, He Started It is compelling, captivating, and deliciously dark. Samantha Downing writes with a wry, sparse elegance that steadily entangles you until you're utterly addicted."—Christina McDonaldUSA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell

"A diabolical drive into a dysfunctional family's past. The story is chillingly twisted, perfectly paced. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down."—Kaira RoudaUSA Today bestselling author of Best Day Ever

“I absolutely loved it: whip-smart, lean, deliciously dark and addictive. One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time”—Ali Land, bestselling author of Good Me, Bad Me
 
He Started It is a dark, twisting road trip into hell with a family you wouldn’t want to live next door to. I’ve never read anything like it!”—Mark Edwards, bestselling author of Here to Stay

“Sibling rivalry reaches new and downright despicable heights...Creepy, unnerving and deliciously evil, Samantha Downing is one of the boldest authors I know. A must read!”—Hannah Mary McKinnon, national bestselling author of Her Secret Son, and The Neighbors.

"Samantha Downing is an absolute genius at creating twisted characters you’re desperate to follow...A psychological thriller like none other, this addictive read is impossible to put down.”—Samantha M. Bailey, author of forthcoming Woman on the Edge

“Samantha Downing has done it again! With her second novel, He Started It, this master of sarcasm and suspense brings us a story that is impossible not to relate to. Initiated by a dead grandfather’s will, we find ourselves trapped in a car journey with siblings that loathe each other’s presence. As the miles pass, secrets and deceptions abound, and we are kept guessing until the very last line. Downing’s style remains in a league of its own, with to-the-point crisp language and snappy dialogue readers are taken on a gripping and edgy adventure.”—Maureen Joyce Connolly, author of Little Lovely Things


Praise for Samantha Downing's My Lovely Wife:

“Think: Dexter but sexier.”—theSkimm

“A dark and irresistible debut.”—People

“Will shock even the savviest suspense readers.”—Real Simple

"Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner—full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense."—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

"Clever. Manipulative. Dark. Disturbing. What more can you ask for?"—Jane Corry, national bestselling author of My Husband's Wife

"An assured and deliciously engrossing debut. You'll surely devour My Lovely Wife, but it will linger long after you've reached the last page."—Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

"You'll never look at your neighbors the same. I couldn't pull myself away from this story...Make sure you clear your schedule before you pick it up. Absolutely unputdownable."—Liv Constantine, USA Today bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

"A knockout...an effortless page turner."—Publishers Weekly

"It's a remarkable achievement, full stop."—Shelf Awareness

"Side effects of reading this include sleepless nights, and awkward looks from strangers on the subway due to your horrified expression."—Cosmopolitan

"The thriller we're most excited to stay up with all night."—Entertainment Weekly

"If you read one book this year, make it My Lovely Wife"—Betches

"Mark our words: My Lovely Wife will be one of the most shocking and suspenseful thrillers you'll read all year."—Hello Giggles

"You might want to read this one during the daytime."—Woman's Day