Fatal Inheritance: A Novel

Fatal Inheritance: A Novel

by Rachel Rhys


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Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this “exquisite and shimmering” (Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone) suspenseful historical novel, where perilous secrets lurk under the glitz and glam of seaside wealth.

She didn’t have an enemy in the world...until she inherited a fortune.

London 1948: Eve Forrester is stuck in a loveless marriage, isolated in her gray and gloomy house when out of the blue, she receives a letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mysterious inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.

There, Eve discovers she has been bequeathed an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous. But while she rubs shoulders with the rich and famous, challengers to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge—challengers who would love to see Eve gone forever.

Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest—before her unexpected twist of fate turns deadly...

With Rachel Rhys’s “thrilling, seductive, and utterly absorbing” (Paula Hawkins, #1 bestselling author of The Girl on the Train) prose, Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against the decadence of the Côte d’Azur.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982111571
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 107,726
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rachel Rhys is the pen name of a successful psychological suspense author. Dangerous Crossing is her historical fiction debut. She lives in North London with her family.

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Fatal Inheritance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JillJemmett 17 days ago
I was excited to read this new suspenseful, historical fiction novel. It didn’t disappoint. This story was set in the South of France. I’ve never been there, but I would love to go after reading this book. The setting was incredibly descriptive. It was set in various villas along the coast. Though the story was tense, the setting was calming. The tension of the story built slowly. The plot began immediately, when Eve was told that she had been given an inheritance by a mysterious man. There wasn’t much progression in that plot until the last third of the story. There were a couple of interesting subplots, that didn’t really have anything to do with Eve’s mystery. The ultimate resolution made sense, and I was happy with where Eve ended up. This is a great historical read for the summer! Thank you Simon and Schuster for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
LibbyMcKinmer 7 months ago
It’s post-World War II in England, and Eve Forrester’s life is dull and dark. Her marriage is loveless, her mother is cold and she feels she’s missing out on her own best life. Then she receives a letter that she’s a beneficiary in the estate of Guy Lester, a man she’s never heard of. Why has a wealthy stranger put her in his will? After traveling to the French Riviera, Eva discovers she is one-quarter owner of a villa and sets out to discover why she’s included. Is she somehow related to Guy and his children? His family would like to know as well. Is she the latest in his string of mistresses? As Eve delves into what is going on, she meets a cast of characters – some flawed and desperate, but others who are kind and supportive. As she inches nearer to the truth, she also gets closer to danger that threatens to turn deadly. The story began with promise, but eventually I only kept reading to discover what secrets Eve would uncover. While it took much longer than necessary to get there, there was a satisfying answer to the mystery in the end.
GiaT 9 months ago
Eve Forrester’s life is as drab and gloomy as her dreary house. Her marriage is probably a more darker shade of drab. Every day is the same for Eve. Until the day the letter arrives. A stranger has named Eve in his will and left her a secret inheritance. Eve is beyond bewildered. She has no idea who this mysterious stranger could be. What did he leave her, and even more bizarre, why? Leaving her bland life and dull husband at home, Eve sets out for the South of France on the adventure of her lifetime. Eve arrives in the French Riviera to find out that she has inherited a villa with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. Suddenly, Eve finds herself in the company of the rich and privileged. We join Eve as she is thrown into a world of glitz and glamour and how easy it is to succumb to the false allure of it. Eve soon discovers that her inheritance is not received well by one and all, and that her new found prosperity comes with dangers that could threaten her life. Set in 1948, post WWII, this historical fiction novel carries you off to the luxurious and glamour of life for the wealthy and elite…with an unsolved mystery adding depth. Rachel Rhys’ clever writing keeps the reader intrigued throughout the storyline. There were the right measures of intrigue, mystery and even finely tuned degrees of romance. As well, Eve’s character development and how she comes into her own is relatable, real and well delivered. I very much enjoyed Fatal Inheritance and highly recommend it. Perfect summer, mystery read. The opinions expressed in my reviews are my very own. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the read of Rachel Rhys’, Fatal Inheritance.
Literaturebabe 10 months ago
What a beautiful read! Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and author Ms. Rachel Rhys for this Advanced Readers Copy. Completely drawn in from the first chapter. "Fatal Inheritance" is an engaging story about an unhappy woman who receives notice by mail, that she has been left an heritance by a complete stranger. "Eve Forrester" begins looking... for her connection to this stranger...for herself...for love and for the answers to that missing thing in her life that she can't quite grasp. Our story begins in England and unfolds in the French Riviera Eve finds more than she expects...glamour, greed, intrigue...and secrets maybe best left untold. With a great cast of characters that play on in your mind long after the last page has been read. This is a delicious read you shouldn't miss!
Anonymous 10 months ago
1948 Eve is married to Clifford Forrester, a relatively boring man. When she receives a letter from a London solicitor requesting she visit his office, she is quite intrigued. It appears that a Mr. Guy Lester passed away and has left Eve an inheritance. However, she must travel to Cannes to find out about the legacy details. In Cannes, Eve learns that Mr. Lester has left her a quarter share of his home, Villa La Perle, and she is so mesmerized by the beauty of it along with the trees, plants, and the beautiful sea views. Mr. Lester’s widow and two sons are not happy that Eve is there and they do not know why she was left this inheritance. Eve doesn’t know why either, but she has decided that she does not want to sell her share, but wants to keep it. More characters are introduced including a well known Hollywood actress and a well known American author. As little clues come together to solve this complicated puzzle, the descriptions of this beautiful area of the Mediterranean coastline with its lush plants, trees, and cliffside dwellings are well done. Having visited this area many times myself, I can say that the author did a good job with her representations. Unfortunately, I found this story dragged terribly for way too long before getting to the end where it then picked up and finally knitted together. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
whatsbetterthanbooks 10 months ago
Picturesque, mysterious, and incredibly captivating! Fatal Inheritance is an alluring, compelling tale predominantly set in the idyllic French Riviera during 1948 that takes you into the lives of the rich and glamourous Lesters. They are affluent. They are privileged. And like most families with money and power everything is not always as it seems and behind all the fame and fortune hides an abundance of lies, secrets, temptation, scandals, secrets, heartbreak and tragedy. The prose is polished and lush. The characters are multi-layered, alluring, and materialistic. And the plot is a well-paced, sweeping saga filled with familial drama, love, loss, mystique, heartbreak, romance, rivalry, greed, red herrings and jealousy. Overall, Fatal Inheritance is a beautifully crafted, exceptionally absorbing novel that transports you to another time and place and immerses you so thoroughly in the decadence, lifestyle, luxuries, and scandalous behaviour of the characters you never want to put it down. It is a true guilty pleasure and undoubtedly one of my favourite novels of the year.
lee2staes 11 months ago
Fatal Inheritance is a interesting post WWII historical mystery. It's well written and well researched. I enjoyed the descriptions of the beautiful French Riviera, the setting the story. I liked the main character, Eve, who is clever and perceptive. I enjoyed the twists and turns that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.