Book Review & Blog Tour: He Started It by Samantha Downing (ARC)

Hi everyone! I am so excited be taking part in the blog tour of He Started It by Samantha Downing, which was organized by the amazing team over at Berkley!

He Started It

Author: Samantha Downing

Publication Date: 21 July 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction – Thriller/Mystery

Pages: 384

Publisher: Berkley

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.

Last year, I read My Lovely Wife, and I was utterly blown away. Samantha Downing pushes the boundaries of the thriller genre, and left us with an utterly addictive WTF page turner. While I still enjoyed He Started It, I definitely enjoyed the storyline of My Lovely Wife more.

He Started It is a story that centers around three siblings (Beth, Eddie, and Portia) who are tasked with taking the road trip that they took with their grandfather 20 years prior in order to inherit his estate as his final wishes. In addition to the three siblings, Eddie’s girlfriend Krista and Beth’s husband Felix are along for the ride. 

Let’s talk characters, all of them suck. Okay, maybe not Felix. He seemed genuine, but everyone else is SO unlikable. Our MC Beth warns us from that start that she’s no heroine, so pay attention to that. The amount of arrogance, condescension, and manipulation that drips off each page made me want to shake some sense into all of them. 

Now in true Downing style, this is quite literally the road trip from hell. This is a slow-burn road trip that really starts to grate on you. I think the author does a great job with this because it really builds the tension between everyone in the vehicle. There are flashbacks to the original road trip sprinkled throughout the present road trip. That’s when we really get to know the Morgan family and the secrets that they harbor.

I don’t want to give away any plot details because honestly there are so many twists and turns and you just need to experience it. If you’re a person that loves to hop on a rollercoaster of a ride that constantly turns everything upside then this book is for you.

Thank you to Berkley for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.


  1. I do not have anyone to read Adult Psychological Thrillers with…. well I convinced Becky to do one and she’s reading The Night Swim with me. Can we go through our ARCs and try a buddy read? LOL

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