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Blog Tour and Happy Pub Day to “He Started It” by Samantha Downing

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Happy Pub Day & Thank you @berkleypub for my gifted digital copy of ‘He Started It‘ by Samantha Downing!

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.

He Started It‘ was personally my most anticipated new release of 2020 & I was beyond thrilled when Berkley asked me to be on the blog tour! I LOVED her first novel & 2019 thriller, the wickedly dark & original, ‘My Lovely Wife‘ so much! Also, back in February Amazon Studios & Nicole Kidman bought the film rights, so YAY! That incredible book will be a movie!

He Started It‘ is a twisted, darkly addictive, propulsive family drama/thriller that will have you wanting to read it in one sitting (or standing…in case you get the nervous urge to pace back & forth like I did!). I’m not sure where Samantha Downing comes up with such original, clever & diabolical stories, but I’m not sure I would ever want to be on her bad side…just sayin’.

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What others are saying about ‘He Started It’:

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

Fast-paced and whip-smart. If you don’t mind spending time in dangerous company then I highly recommend this wild ride of a thriller”—Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

“A thrill ride through the darkest parts of the American landscape—funny, scary and twisted until the explosive final page.”—Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of A Stranger on the Beach

“Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop. Dark, twisted, original, and so addictive it should come with a warning.”—Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie

Best for people who love Criminal Minds, research scams in their free time, and have a super f*cked up family.” —Betches 

A twisted mashup of a family drama and a thriller that you won’t be able to put down.”—Pop Sugar

“With our need to know ramped up through a series of teasers offering more to come, this tale is virtually impossible to put down”—Booklist (starred review)

Buckle up and settle in for one diabolically fun road trip.”—Kirkus

Deliciously devious.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Downing is one bold and fearless author, who doesn’t blink in the face of fictional mayhem.”—CrimeReads

All hail the new Queen of the psycho thriller!!”—C.J. Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

“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, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell

“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, USA Today bestselling author of Best Day Ever

“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

“A tour de force in voice and structure. The brilliant Samantha Downing takes a glorious risk in this superbly captivating and endlessly surprising road trip from hell. It’s sibling rivalry pushed  to the max— dark and crazy and twisted—and  I could not put it down.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie

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, bestselling author of Here to Stay

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, national bestselling author of Her Secret Son, and The Neighbors.

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, author of Little Lovely Things


Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away at her next thrilling novel. (photo credit Jacqueline Dallimore)

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