Having two kids under two, and trying to read, review and blog is certainly a greater challenge than I ever anticipated. And so, here I am in 2019, and behind on my Netgalley reviews. In this book's case, I read it last year, but didn't get to the review part. Hopefully this book was good enough to have left an impression with me a year later. Read on to find out!
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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.
I read this book almost a year ago. Pretty much finished it the date it was released. I love trying different novels out. YA is definitely my favourite genre, but I am not a one-genre pony. That being said, a good gothic novel is certainly something I truly appreciate. And I was promised one, comparable to the classic ‘Rebecca’, by Daphne Du Maurier.
The synopsis also promised a sister who would go to great lengths to get what she wants. And boy did she ever. She felt herself cheated at every turn, when fortune struck others, specifically her sister. She truly felt that she was more deserving. And whereas maybe a “normal” person would make healthier choices about how to process some of her ‘bad luck’, she spent most of her adult life plotting. And then putting her devious plan into action.
Betty’s character was incredibly dark but so interesting and fascinating. I am generally a happy, ‘look on the bright side’ kind of person, so to immerse myself in a book where the main character is just so generally miserable every minute was certainly different and interesting. I also greatly anticipated the moment where she may be discovered to be the person responsible for some of the misfortunes that were befalling her sister and how Betty would deal with that. She was so eccentric and odd, that I was constantly on the edge of my seat.
This was most certainly a different novel than what I usually pick up to read. But very much enjoyed. There was certainly that gothic feel that I enjoy, interesting characters and circumstances. Far from boring, I can certainly say, almost a year after finishing this book, that I certainly chose well when I requested this novel for review.
And may I add, this cover is very beautiful and eye catching, and one of the reasons why I took a closer look at this book. Definitely recommend.
Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.