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  • My Lovely Wife was one of my top books of 2019. He Started It is even better! Following a dysfunctional-to put it mildly-bunch of siblings on a bizarre and deadly road trip with their grandfather's ashes, He Started It is deliciously twisted, laced with Downing's trademark black humor and packed with one grisly twist after another. I loved it. All hail the new Queen of the psycho thriller!!

    Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man
  • I absolutely loved it: whip-smart, lean, deliciously dark and addictive. One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time

    Ali Land, bestselling author of Good Me, Bad Me
  • Once you start reading He Started It you won't want to stop. Dark, twisted, original, and so addictive it should come with a warning

    Alice Feeney, bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie
  • A thrill ride through the darkest parts of the American landscape - funny, scary and twisted until the explosive final page

    Michele Campbell, bestselling author of It's Always The Husband
  • Samantha Downing shows how to pack a punch in her latest phenomenal thriller, He Started It. A twisty, sneaking tale of greed, lies and betrayal, with each character as conniving as the next and an ending that will make your heart stop. This one needs to be on the top of everyone's to-read list!

    Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and The Other Mrs
  • Clever and very twisty: the razor sharp dialogue slices through to the dark heart of sibling rivalry. There are delicious echoes of Succession to savour

    Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of Daughter
  • Samantha Downing is an absolute genius at creating twisted characters you're desperate to follow. He Started It is superbly structured, deliciously dark, and kept me guessing, heart pounding, through every single razor-sharp sentence. A psychological thriller like none other, this addictive read is impossible to put down.

    author of forthcoming Woman on the Edge
  • A wicked-fun read with razor-sharp wit and a killer twist, He Started It is compelling, captivating, and deliciously dark. Samantha Downing writes with a wry, sparse elegance that steadily entangles you until you're utterly addicted.

    USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell
  • Downing ups her game in this deliciously twisted tale of family deception. He Started It has layers upon layers of clever, shocking twists that begin in the first chapter and never let up. Breathless pacing and terse, impeccable writing create a phenomenal reading experience. I am obsessed!

    USA Today bestselling author of The Night Before
  • He Started It is a diabolical drive into a dysfunctional family's past. The story is chillingly twisted, perfectly paced. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.

    USA Today bestselling author of Best Day Ever

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