Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this “exquisite and shimmering” (Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone) suspenseful historical novel, where perilous secrets lurk under the glitz and glam of seaside wealth.
She didn’t have an enemy in the world...until she inherited a fortune.
London 1948: Eve Forrester is stuck in a loveless marriage, isolated in her gray and gloomy house when out of the blue, she receives a letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mysterious inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.
There, Eve discovers she has been bequeathed an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous. But while she rubs shoulders with the rich and famous, challengers to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge—challengers who would love to see Eve gone forever.
Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest—before her unexpected twist of fate turns deadly...
With Rachel Rhys’s “thrilling, seductive, and utterly absorbing” (Paula Hawkins, #1 bestselling author of The Girl on the Train) prose, Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against the decadence of the Côte d’Azur.
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1 days ago
What a beautiful read!
Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and author Ms. Rachel Rhys for this Advanced Readers Copy.
Completely drawn in from the first chapter. "Fatal Inheritance" is an engaging story about an unhappy woman who receives notice by mail, that she has been left an heritance by a complete stranger.
"Eve Forrester" begins looking... for her connection to this stranger...for herself...for love and for the answers to that missing thing in her life that she can't quite grasp.
Our story begins in England and unfolds in the French Riviera
Eve finds more than she expects...glamour, greed, intrigue...and secrets maybe best left untold.
With a great cast of characters that play on in your mind long after the last page has been read. This is a delicious read you shouldn't miss!
4 days ago
Eve is married to Clifford Forrester, a relatively boring man. When she receives a letter from a London solicitor requesting she visit his office, she is quite intrigued. It appears that a Mr. Guy Lester passed away and has left Eve an inheritance. However, she must travel to Cannes to find out about the legacy details.
In Cannes, Eve learns that Mr. Lester has left her a quarter share of his home, Villa La Perle, and she is so mesmerized by the beauty of it along with the trees, plants, and the beautiful sea views.
Mr. Lester’s widow and two sons are not happy that Eve is there and they do not know why she was left this inheritance. Eve doesn’t know why either, but she has decided that she does not want to sell her share, but wants to keep it.
More characters are introduced including a well known Hollywood actress and a well known American author.
As little clues come together to solve this complicated puzzle, the descriptions of this beautiful area of the Mediterranean coastline with its lush plants, trees, and cliffside dwellings are well done. Having visited this area many times myself, I can say that the author did a good job with her representations.
Unfortunately, I found this story dragged terribly for way too long before getting to the end where it then picked up and finally knitted together.
Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
10 days ago
Picturesque, mysterious, and incredibly captivating!
Fatal Inheritance is an alluring, compelling tale predominantly set in the idyllic French Riviera during 1948 that takes you into the lives of the rich and glamourous Lesters. They are affluent. They are privileged. And like most families with money and power everything is not always as it seems and behind all the fame and fortune hides an abundance of lies, secrets, temptation, scandals, secrets, heartbreak and tragedy.
The prose is polished and lush. The characters are multi-layered, alluring, and materialistic. And the plot is a well-paced, sweeping saga filled with familial drama, love, loss, mystique, heartbreak, romance, rivalry, greed, red herrings and jealousy.
Overall, Fatal Inheritance is a beautifully crafted, exceptionally absorbing novel that transports you to another time and place and immerses you so thoroughly in the decadence, lifestyle, luxuries, and scandalous behaviour of the characters you never want to put it down. It is a true guilty pleasure and undoubtedly one of my favourite novels of the year.
12 days ago
Fatal Inheritance is a interesting post WWII historical mystery. It's well written and well researched. I enjoyed the descriptions of the beautiful French Riviera, the setting the story. I liked the main character, Eve, who is clever and perceptive. I enjoyed the twists and turns that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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