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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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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.

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)

“None of the characters are likeable, relatable or reliable, but that is what makes this read
so much fun….The short chapters and pace of the story will keep readers turning the pages as they wonder how this family trip from hell will conclude.”—San Francisco Book Review

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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

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

“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, 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."—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.

"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, author of forthcoming Woman on the Edge

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

About the Author

Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling book.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (July 21, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0451491750
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0451491756
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.32 x 1.33 x 9.32 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 1,644 ratings

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Samantha Downing is the author of the bestselling My Lovely Wife, nominated for the Edgar, ITW, Macavity awards in the US, the CWA award in the UK, and the winner of the Prix des Lectrices award in France.

Her latest novel, For Your Own Good, was released on July 20, 2021. It has been optioned by Robert Downey Jr. and Greg Berlanti for HBO Max.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read completely ruined by the ending
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3.0 out of 5 stars “A sensational thriller, tainted by a rushed and spiritless ending.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully unpredictable until the end
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2022