Back of the book :
Betty Stash is not a Beloved one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.
Her little sister, the delightful Gloria, is. She s the one with the golden curls and sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Betty s, the one whose husband should have been Betty s. And then, to everyone s surprise, Gloria inherits the family manse a vast, gorgeous pile of ancient stone, imposing timbers, and lush gardens that was never meant to be hers.
Losing what Betty considers her rightful inheritance is the final indignity. As she single-mindedly pursues her plan to see the estate returned to her in all its glory, her determined and increasingly unhinged behaviour aided by poisonous mushrooms, talking walls, and a strange dog escalates to the point of no return.
An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, The Beloveds will have you wondering if there is any length to which an envious sister won’t go.
What I think :
I really didn’t know what to think about this book when I was asked to read and review it, however I was so glad I agreed to. It had me gripped right from the first page.
It tells the story of “The Beloveds” as told by Elizabeth Stash or Betty as she prefers.
Betty is not the golden child, that is her sister Gloria, who is her mothers favourite. Even although Betty is now a grown up with a family of her own, she still feels the sting !
So Betty begins a sinister plot to take back all that their mother has left to the ‘golden’ sister, mainly the family home Pipits.
This is a really dark and disturbing read almost quite gothic, and I couldn’t put it down, Betty does become quite malicious in places, which did make me gasp put loud.
But however I did find the ending quite a let down I was expecting something more.
However, I give this book 8/10 for it’s ability to keep me riveted.
Published by Titan Books on 19/06/18 on both Ebook and paperback.
A huge Thank you to Philippa Ward at Titan for the review copy of the book. (Also thank you Philippa for the bottle of gin that came with the book ! It went down a treat !)