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He Started It

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
AN INSTANT INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

“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

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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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"A thrill ride through the darkest parts of the American landscape --funny, scary and twisted until the explosive final page." - Michele Campbell

"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

"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

"Once you start reading, you won't want to stop. Dark, twisted, original, and so addictive it should come with a warning." - Alice Feeney

"Wholly original. Scarily clever. Completely mesmerizing. You will never look at family road trips the same way again." - Lisa Gardner

"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

"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

"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 McDonald

"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

"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 Rouda

"Dexter meets Gone Girl." - C J Tudor

"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


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Hardback Editions

June 2020 : USA Library Binding

Title: He Started It (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Samantha Downing
ISBN: 1-4328-7866-2 / 978-1-4328-7866-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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Title: He Started It
Author(s): Samantha Downing
ISBN: 0-451-49175-0 / 978-0-451-49175-6 (USA edition)
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April 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: He Started It: The new psychological thriller from #1 bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
Author(s): Samantha Downing
ISBN: 0-241-41734-1 / 978-0-241-41734-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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October 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: He Started It: The new psychological thriller from #1 bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
Author(s): Samantha Downing
ISBN: 1-4059-4368-8 / 978-1-4059-4368-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: He Started It: The new psychological thriller from #1 bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
Author(s): Samantha Downing
ISBN: 0-241-41735-X / 978-0-241-41735-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


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July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: He Started It
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July 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: He Started It
Author(s): Samantha Downing
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: He Started It
Author(s): Samantha Downing
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: He Started It
Author(s): Samantha Downing
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: He Started It
Author(s): Samantha Downing
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: He Started It
Author(s): Samantha Downing
Publisher: Berkley
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April 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: He Started It: The new psychological thriller from #1 bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
Author(s): Samantha Downing
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU