He Started It

He Started It : The new psychological thriller from #1 bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

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SOMEONE ALWAYS TAKES THINGS TOO FAR . . .

'So addictive it should come with a warning' Alice Feeney

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No-one knows you better than your family.

They know the little things that make you smile. Your proudest achievements. Your darkest secrets.

Sure, you haven't always been best friends.

But if it seemed as though someone was after you, that you might be in danger, then you'd be on each other's side.

Right?

So gripping you won't stop reading.

So twisty that you won't know who to trust.

And so dark that you'll realise something truly chilling:

No-one is more dangerous than the ones who know you best.


'My Lovely Wife was one of my top books of 2019. He Started It is even better!' C.J. Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

'Whip-smart, lean, deliciously dark and addictive. One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time' Ali Land

'Wow! It's dark, it's twisted and it's going to be your new favourite book! 5***** reader review

'Chilling, thrilling, twisty, fast paced, riveting, tense, dark & scary... My favourite book this year' 5***** reader review


Have you discovered My Lovely Wife, the bestselling debut psychological thriller of last year?

A Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy Book Club pick

'The most gripping psychological thriller of 2019' Stylist

'Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner - full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense' Harlan Coben, bestselling author of Don't Let Go

'The next Gone Girl' Marie Claire

Winner at the Dead Good Reader Awards

Shortlisted for an Edgar and ITW Thriller Award
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 36mm | 629g
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241417341
  • 9780241417348
  • 1,224

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If you like your thrillers dark, then join this road trip from hell. A toxic thrill ride into the ultimate family dysfunction * Sunday Mirror * You'll be gripped as siblings Beth, Portia and Eddie set off on a mission that will ensure them each a share of their inheritance but what does their dead grandfather really have in store for them? * Prima * "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 deceptionsabound, 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." - * author of Little Lovely Things * Sibling rivalry reaches new and downright despicable heights in He Started It, a novel where nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Creepy, unnerving and deliciously evil, Samantha Downing is one of the boldest authors I know. A must read! * national bestselling author of Her Secret Son and The Neighbors * Utterly compelling * Woman's Own Magazine * Smart, twisty * Sun * He Started It is 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. * USA Today bestselling author of Best Day Ever * 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! * 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. * USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell * Samantha Downing is an absolute genius at creating twisted characters you're desperate to follow. He Started It is superbly structured, deliciously dark, and kept me guessing, heart pounding, through every single razor-sharp sentence. A psychological thriller like none other, this addictive read is impossible to put down. * author of forthcoming Woman on the Edge * Clever and very twisty: the razor sharp dialogue slices through to the dark heart of sibling rivalry. There are delicious echoes of Succession to savour -- Jane Shemilt * bestselling author of Daughter * Samantha Downing shows how to pack a punch in her latest phenomenal thriller, He Started It. 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 * bestselling author of It's Always The Husband * Once you start reading He Started It you won't want to stop. Dark, twisted, original, and so addictive it should come with a warning -- Alice Feeney * bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie * 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 * 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!! * Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man *
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About Samantha Downing

Samantha Downing was born in the Bay Area, and currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next psychological thriller. Her debut novel, My Lovely Wife, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and a Sunday Times bestseller, and has been published in twenty-three languages.
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Rating details

835 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 33% (277)
4 40% (334)
3 17% (143)
2 7% (58)
1 3% (23)
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