Saturday 26 February 2022



Aimee Trapnell reluctantly leaves her apartment on Manhattan’s Central Park West to return to her childhood home in Georgia for her father’s ninetieth birthday. Also on hand are her two brothers, wily Marsh and ne’er-do-well Trainor. With a forty-billion-dollar inheritance at stake, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make the old man happy.

To their shock they learn that what their father wants for his birthday is to kill someone. He doesn’t care who it is. He just wants to know what it’s like to commit murder.

Betrayal, double-dealing, and fast-paced action set the Trapnells on a collision course with an unexpected villain. Their journey takes them from the swamps of Georgia, to Italy’s glittering Amalfi coast, to rugged Yellowstone National Park. 

Re-reading the blurb, I'm again reminded that this had the potential to be really entertaining, quirky, a bit off the wall and one that was right up my street. A couple of months down the road, all I can remember is a slight sense of disappointment.

Lots of the story has disappeared from my consciousness and I've no real desire to relive the book by flicking back through it.

Story - underwhelming. Characters - not especially interesting or likable, with the exception of Marsh who grew on me through the book. Pace - can't remember. Outcome - forgotten. Setting - Georgia mainly, I can't remember the other locations visited in the book.

Bits were entertaining. I think someone got eaten by an alligator, or maybe we were just supposed to think that? I can't recall. Money and a massive inheritance potentially is a motivating factor for some of the family. A thermonuclear weapon, in the form of a suitcase bomb is the main focus towards the latter portion of the book. It kind of starts out as one thing and morphs into something totally different.

I don't recall hating it and wanting to throw the book at the wall, but that's as positive as it gets.

3 from 5

Read - November, 2021
Published - 2020
Page count - 228
Source - purchased copy, previously Net Galley review copy which expired
Format - paperback


  1. That's the thing about blurbs, isn't it, Col. They sometimes promise things that aren't delivered, for whatever reason. I thought the story sounded as though it had a lot of potential, too. It sounds as though you were left underwhelmed, though. Ah, well, hopefully the next read will tick all the boxes.

    1. Margot, law of averages dictate they can't all be winners, but I don't regret taking a chance on it. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read.