Domestic Fiction / Fiction / Karen

The Heirs by Susan Rieger

One of my favorite books from last year is The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, which is about how a family reacts to their inheritance (or lack thereof) after the patriarch of the family passes away. So when The Heirs was being reviewed, it sounded very much like The Nest. One reviewer compared it with The Royal Tanenbaums, again about a wealthy family. As it turns out, The Heirs has very little to do with money but has everything to do with secrets, lies, and betrayals.

When Rupert Falkes dies, his five sons and his stoic wife must learn to go on. Everyone is well-educated and doing just fine on their own, but the destruction that happens after the days, weeks, and months of his passing is slow and methodical. Rupert the man, the husband, the father, may be different than the image that is portrayed. And wife Eleanor is responding in a way her sons cannot believe.

Family values are sorely tested in this well written novel. And even though I picked it up presuming it was a read-alike, I am glad that it wasn’t. Overall a very satisfying read!



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