Today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘Fatal Inheritance’ by Rachel Rhys. Big thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Transworld Books for the ARC. Here is my review:
London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb.
Out of the blue, she receives a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.
Eve discovers her legacy is an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous.
Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest – before events turn deadly…
Reminiscent of a Golden Age mystery, Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against the razzle-dazzle and decadence of the French Riviera.
What does TWG think?
As I think most of you are aware of by now, I am quite partial to a historical fiction novel…or two, and Rachel Rhys seems to have this genre absolutely nailed. Set in the late 1940’s London, Eve is at the end of her tether. Her marriage isn’t relighting her fire anymore, and her life is just shouting out for more colour and more excitement. Thankfully someone must have heard her calling, as Eve randomly receives a letter, telling her that the dazzling, French Riviera, requires her presence sooner rather than later. Of course Eve jumps at the chance, who wouldn’t? But why has she been summoned there of all places? A mysterious legacy in a glamorous setting, what’s not to like? Call me a cynic, but there must be some sort of catch….right?
Rachel Rhys is brilliant at setting the scene in her stories, and ‘Fatal Inheritance’ is no different. There was an incredible air of mystery from the very beginning which, when more characters came into the spotlight, brought the tension of the overall storyline, up several notches. Personally, whilst the tension was brilliant and the mystery had made itself known, there were moments where I felt as though the storyline was a little bit too slow-paced for my liking. Yes, there were times where the pace was on point and I was kept on the edge of my seat, but it did dip the odd time. However, Rachel Rhys is an enchanting author who makes her stories jump off the page so I put the difference in pace down to my own personal tastes.
I loved how old-school, cluedo-esque ‘Fatal Inheritance’ came across, as it made me more excited to delve into the rest of the book. I was rather impressed by how glamorous yet highly suspenseful, every inch of this book appeared to be.
Another delectable read from the very talented, Rachel Rhys.
About the author.
RACHEL RHYS is the pen-name of a much-loved psychological suspense
author. Fatal Inheritance is her second novel under this name. Her debut
Dangerous Crossing a Richard and Judy bookclub pick, was published
around the world. Rachel Rhys lives in North London with her family.