Publication Date: Available Now from Titan
Source: Review Copy
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.
Extreme sibling rivalry here in an intriguing read featuring a strongly divisive character voice in Betty- love her or hate her you’ll want to keep reading to see how far she’ll go…
Which to be fair is pretty far. Her obsession with the family home is mad to say the least, I read a lot of this with my mouth hanging open in awe at her behaviour. Her internal thoughts are often hilariously accurate and her mental state is ever in flux but it’s highly entertaining and engaging first page to last.
Her poor sister is a little too perfect, I often sympathised with Betty despite myself and in The Beloveds we have a family dynamic that is more than a little crazy.
Thoroughly enjoyable and a fast, page turner of a read.
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