So many secrets come to light after the death of a Manhattan lawyer. Not only about him but also about the mother. “What a tangled web, we weave….” This was an entertaining book.
The Heirs seemed like just my kind of book. An upper class NYC family with secrets! From reading the description I was so excited to receive an egalley from Netgalley to read and review.
This story opens with the death of a beloved father and husband. Each chapter is told by a different family member or close family friend, and secrets about his life are unraveled, showing that the perfect upper-class New York family weren't all that they seemed to be.
I had some pretty high expectations going into this read. I was quickly disappointed. Reading was very detailed and made for slow reading. There were so many characters to learn about and remember that I got confused and lost in the shuffle of a new character each chapter. Instead of revealing twists and turns I seemed to just read a typical soap opera about a privileged family.
What struck me was that although each chapter was dedicated to a specific character, I not once actually connected with a single one. While each character's layer made the overall story intriguing, it was very predictable.
I am somewhat torn on how to rate this. Though it was a predictable plot and pretty unrelatable on all levels, I did find some instances enjoyable. I would say this is a 3.5 to 4 star read for me. I did get this read in a span of a couple days also, so that has to count for something.
Susan Rieger's "The Heirs" is available now for purchase in ebook, hardcover, and paperback format. If you need a quick summer read that takes you away from reality, this is a great book to add to your stack!
Once again, I would like to thank Netgalley and Crown Publishing for providing me a copy to read and give my honest review.
I enjoyed this take on an 'ordinary' family, in which every member obviously has his/her own understanding or take on events, but I did wonder sometimes how everyone was so incredibly well-spoken, and would have preferred that once in a while they stumbled a little. Anyways, good book about a family with some secrets they hadn't shared.
Bad dad. With a second family. Readable literary fiction and a great summer read!
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