Book Review Of “The Beloveds” By Maureen Lindley @Gallerybooks

An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, that plumbs the depths of sibling rivalry with wit and menace.

Oh, to be 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.

Betty Stash is not a Beloved—but 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 behavior—aided by poisonous mushrooms, talking walls, and a phantom dog—escalates to the point of no return. The Beloveds will have you wondering if there’s a length to which an envious sister won’t go. (From Goodreads)

Thank you to Gallery Books #partner for sending me this book for free, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sadly guys, this book was not for me. I couldn’t follow the story, I wasn’t a fan of the characters, and I just could not get into the plot.

For those who love very intricate, detailed, have to pay attention to every single word, on every single page, stories, than this book is most definitely for you. But just something about this one didn’t do it for me, and that saddens me because I wanted to love it! I mean that cover and the synopsis are remarkable. But sometimes things just don’t work. If you have read this one, please let me know your thoughts.

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