He Started It – Published 2020
“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.” – Goodreads
This book is quite the wild ride. This family is so dysfunctional, and you find out more and more about just how twisted they all are as the story progresses. There were a number of plot twists that I didn’t see coming, and the end really through me for a loop.
I did the audiobook for this one, and I think that’s definitely the way to go. These siblings are mostly terrible, and the drama with two of their spouses is honestly kind of addictive. It’s super satisfying to know my marriage is not as vindictive and unhealthy, ha!
I love a good road trip story, especially when it has a darkness looming over it like this one. You don’t really know where they’re headed, why they’re going, and what’s going to happen. It also has flashbacks of the first time the siblings were on this road trip, the truth of which unravels as the present day road trip unfolds. The author’s note at the end said all the strange places mentioned on the trip actually exist, and she researched them all during her writing process.
There were some places that I wanted the story to hurry up, and I am not sure how I feel about the ending, but this is a 4 star read for me. Definitely lives up to most of its hype!