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The Den

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ -- Alright cover on this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I don't think I have ever read a book where there wasn't a single likable character. Now I have. 😂 This book really reminded me a lot of the TV show Succession. I wasn't sure it was going to be my jam, and it did take a bit to really get invested. However, once it hit its stride I was sucked into the plot and ended up finding it highly entertaining. The one negative about it was that it was relatively obvious who was behind everything. But, like I said, it thoroughly entertained me, so I am giving it four stars and two thumbs up. 

**ARC Via NetGalley**
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I really,  really enjoyed this! I didn't expect to because it does follow the usual "I've inherited lots of money from my father who hated me" trope, but it was actually enjoyable!

Don't get me wrong,  the characters were deplorable - I mean absolutely horrid brats - but that was the point. I didn't really care about any of them - also the point.

But the writing,  the intrigue, the plot - which I only half guessed cause the final twist was so out of left field- my life!!!!

It's well written,  well plotted (if not a little crazy) and very enjoyable. All in all, a good read.

Star Rating: 4

CAWPILE Rating: 7.71/10

Characters: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Writing: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Intrigue: 8/10
Logic: 7/10
Enjoyment: 8/10

Many thanks to the author, Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I wanted to like this book more than I did, but it just wasn’t a hit for me. The world and character building were done well, the storyline was interesting, but it wasn’t suspenseful enough. It wasn’t a terrible read though. The author definitely uses descriptive imagery to its fullest extent and at times the story moved smoothly. It just wasn’t my usual read.
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This is one of those books that is a great idea but not one of the characters is very likeable. The storyline was interesting but it was told from each of the four siblings POV's and I didn't really enjoy any of them. While I did want to figure out what was going on I didn't have anyone that I wanted to root for. It was still written but overall it was just an okay read for me.
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The Fox siblings have always been forced to compete with each other, so they don’t get along. Now that they know the details of their father’s will, the competition may deepen as one of the siblings experiences an accident.

If you love deep family mysteries with lots of secrets, here’s a book for you. I loved the siblings and how they were all so different. I also loved their bickering and fighting with each other. They were so mean but I had to admit, it cracked me up.

“You should give up your hunt. They’re foxes after all, and we’re all the chickens, ya see. They’ll always win.”
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I enjoyed this book much more than I anticipated. The family drama was very well done!! I would have liked to have seen more about the family's childhoods etc.
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Unfortunately this book didn't work for me. Thanks for the copy in exchange for an honest review. But only two stars for me. Thanks
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The Fox family is privileged, monied, glamorous and VERY dysfunctional.  Four siblings have been dictated and compared to each other by their dominant father all of their lives. As usual there is a chosen one, a pleaser, an underachiever and the one who pushes the envelope. The backstory of their persecution to each other growing up and by their parents became tiresome…the reader got the picture early on. They were miserable in spite of all their money and privilege.
   To fill out the cast of characters: the mom is in an Alzheimer’s unit, the nanny/nurse who up until recently lived on the property and her son who grew up w the 4 siblings, a the lawyer/friend next door and a son-in -law who liked to spend his wife’s money—all of it.
   The first hint of disaster starts when the dad has a massive stroke and heart attack at a black tie fundraiser. As the story progresses you learn that he really has been poisoned. Who will head the billion dollar family business?  Well we know it will be the ”chosen one” until he meets his fate with a tree and a fast car and now there are 3.  The family trust fund which would have been divided by 4 is now a plumper number for the remaining trio……and they ALL could use the money.
   Underachiever who was once a drug abuser is found w a needle sticking out of his arm, barely breathing  and the numbers are looking better for the remaining two.  But by now there is a pattern being formed and they finally see there’s a plan being carried out, but who? and Why? .
   There are certain parts of the puzzle the reader could easily calculate but there was a a major twist at the end that tied up the whole scenario.  The ending was happier than I thought could be possible after all the hate that was circulated throughout the chapters.
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The four Fox siblings are finally gathered together once again at an event to celebrate their mother when suddenly their father suffers a massive heart attack and stroke - landing him the hospital, completely incapacitated. This activates The Den - his secret inheritance plan, which, like all of the Fox patriarch's plans turns into a game. But with millions of dollars at stake, this game turns deadly quickly, and the remaining siblings must figure out what's going on before they become the killer's next targets.

The story is told from various POVs, including several of the Fox siblings and their nanny/family maid, Marian.

This was a great Knives Out-style mystery, with rich people all competing to figure out who was behind everything, all while stabbing each other in the back at every turn. I mean, there are absolutely no loyalties in this families, that's for sure! And that's part of the fun, really. You have a family that is so dysfunctional its story is just filled with problem after problem, and secret after secret, and each adds a new twist to the storyline that shifts the perspective.

And wow are there some twists and turns until you arrive at that doozy of an ending. I really can't give anything away, but there are some things you can maybe guess, but there are some things that really were just - BAM! TWIST! I loved it! All the layers the author worked to put together in the story up to that point paid off with that ending.

This was just an action-packed, fast-paced mystery from start to finish. Things happened fast and furious, right from the beginning. And each new chapter brought about a new element to the story, there was no wasted space here.

I highly recommend this novel and would absolutely read more from this author.
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This is the third book, written by Cara Reinard, that I've read here on NetGalley and as with her other stories, this is also thrilling, suspenseful and thick with family issues. Highly recommend!
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I was very nicely surprised how good this book turned out to be. It was suspenseful and interesting all the way to the end. I really enjoyed learning about each individual sibling, their story and family dynamics but I wish the author gave us a little more details of their past and childhood. 
I would recommend it to anyone that likes well written family drama. 

Thank you Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and the author for free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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The Den by Cara Reinard was described as a thrilling novel of psychological suspense. When their father suffers a heart attack the four Fox siblings try to put their differences aside, but the question of a large inheritance and how it is to be divided soon has them at each other's throats. Soon it appears that one of them is keen to keep that inheritance for themselves even if it means killing off their siblings. 
Unfortunately I found that this book was neither thrilling nor suspenseful, I didn't care about any of the characters and had little interest in seeing how the story played out, though I did stick it out to the end, and my suspicions about the killer were confirmed. This one just wasn't for me. 
I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
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This book was amazing. Such a gripping read from beginning to end. I loved having the view points from each sibling that shows the differences in how they viewed certain situations. This was my first read by this author and definitely will not be my last I rated it 4 stars only because they were a couple of moments where I wasn't as engaged with the story, but there were also moments where I absolutely could not put it down. I believe that this is definitely a quick, fast paced read that will keep the reader hooked from start to finish.
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An interesting who done it story that kept me guessing until the end. Great characters and the multi POV worked well for the story.
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In the Prologue, we meet an unnamed person, a woman, whose life is in danger. By the next morning, the omniscient narrator tells us, she will be dead.

The wealthy Fox family have all gathered together at a party to raise funds for a dementia charity in honour of Simone Fox, the matriarch, who is in an advanced stage. The four grown-up children, greedy Christian, responsible Valerie, drug addicted Jeremy and irresponsible and wayward Lucinda, are all in attendance.

When their father, Stefan Fox, collapse at the party and ends up in a critical condition, the children are told about the terms of the trust, called the Den, which is supposed to kick into effect in the event of Stefan’s demise. These terms offer a sum of over $10 million to be divided equally among the children. Should one of the children predecease their father, the share of the dead child is to be divided among the surviving siblings.

The siblings have been raised by their detestable, philandering father to be fiercely competitive. What might such a mouth-wateringly tempting legacy do to the relationship of the already embattled siblings? Would one of them be prepared to kill for more money?

The story in written in the 3rd person limited past tense PoVs of Valerie, Lucinda and Marian, three major female characters.

The action takes place over four days. Right in Chapter 1, the omniscient narrator introduces us to all the major players.

The book held my attention. It was paced right, and all the characters had a role to play in the action. The story moved on to the denouement in a manner that was both consistent and believable.

Reading the book, I had a certain impression of how the plot might turn out, but that’s not how things rolled. The mystery isn’t that airtight. It’s not hard to figure out who might be responsible.

What I found more interesting were the family dynamics, the memories of the past which are fed to us in small nuggets of flashbacks.

The extent of the dysfunction in the Fox family hits us hard, and convicts us to think about how we might have behaved in similar circumstances. It forces us to think about how love and pain are so inextricably linked in families, The nature of families is such that resentments and grievances fester and grow. And yet, sometimes the most tragic circumstances show that love never truly dies.
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The Fox siblings have always been forced to compete with each other, so they don’t get along. Now that they know the details of their father’s will, the competition may deepen as one of the siblings experiences an accident.

If you love deep family mysteries with lots of secrets, here’s a book for you. I loved the siblings and how they were all so different. I also loved their bickering and fighting with each other. They were so mean but I had to admit, it cracked me up.

“You should give up your hunt. They’re foxes after all, and we’re all the chickens, ya see. They’ll always win.”

The Den comes out 12/13.
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The Fox siblings weren’t what anyone would call close to each other, but the time has come to find out if they actually hate each other enough to kill for a bigger inheritance.

The book opens with someone being dragged, already beaten and bloodied, through the woods. Before the reader finds out who it might be, the author flashes back to the family home, where all four siblings have reunited with their parents—and all of the family business’s clients. None of the siblings seem happy to be there, but they all accept it as one of the responsibilities in the wealthy family to which they belong.
The catastrophes follow quickly—a heart attack, a car accident, and then suspicions of murder! An announcement at the attorney’s office of a new distribution of the family wealth in case the patriarch dies has everyone looking over their shoulder and wondering who the next victim might be.
The story moved quickly with lots of unexpected twists before the end. The book deserved 4 out of 5 stars as a thrilling family drama. It could be recommended to those who enjoy rich family stories with mysteries and complicated relationships and histories.
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The only way I can describe this book would be Succession the tv show and you throw in murder!! 
The story opens with the  Fox siblings: Christian, Valerie, Jeremy and Lucinda reuniting. The siblings are being forced to attend a party for their ailing mother whose suffering from dementia. 
Lucy is the main character of the story, she’s the youngest of the Fox siblings and bit of a troublemaker. Valerie is older and seemingly more stable, she is currently dealing with a divorce. Jeremy is the younger of the two brothers, he’s had some drug problems , while Christian is a copy of his father, he’s distant and works for his father 
While attending the party their father Stefan suffers a heart attack he’s rushed to the hospital, at the hospital their told he may have suffered brain damage. The next stop is the lawyers office they learn about the Den, a special trust fund set up by their father, and  they are to be the beneficiaries of their fathers fortune, however  if any of them die before their father, that trust is then split among the remaining living siblings, so it’s obvious fewer siblings means a bigger share. Immediately Christian wants to contest it, but when he winds up in the fatal car accident, things quickly  change. It’s obvious someone is targeting them, one by one, until they were wiped out to claim the money but who? Lucinda and Valerie are trying to figure out who before it’s too late! The ending will shock you! The book is told in Lucinda, Valeria and Marian the former housekeeper, and I couldn’t read this book fast enough!
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Thank you to Thomas & Mercer as well as NetGalley for allowing me this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This novel had so much potential to be great but for me, personally, the writing held it back.

With promises of being the murder mystery novel version of HBO’s ‘Succession’, Cara Reinard’s ‘The Den’ had a lot to live up to.

It did not deliver.

This was really unfortunate for me as I was really looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone in terms of genre but the whole thing fell short.

The story begins with a wealthy but wholly problematic family gathering for a once every blue moon dinner celebration when the patriarch of the family dies via poison. The entire family is a potential suspect with years of reasons why they would want to kill their father.

It was near impossible for me to like or feel attached to any of the characters and their perspectives despite following all four of the grown children’s POV. They were all underdeveloped and juvenile in nature and extremely unlikeable. Unreliable and imperfect narrators are usually something I am all for when it comes to novels but Fox siblings felt flat and one dimensional.

It sucked to DNF this book at less than 50% but it was not something I could see myself finishing or enjoying.

Overall, I give this novel 1 out of 5 stars.
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I tried. I tried to like this story and failed. And others did so it can be done. But I couldn't do it. I didn't like a single character. I couldn't find anyway to connect with them, their situation, anything. While I don't generally have a problem with unlikeable characters, I need to at least be interested in them. None of these characters had anything that interested me and that includes the characters outside the family. I realized pretty quickly that I didn't care who died, if they all died, and I didn't care who did it or why. The final nail in the coffin was the ending. Sure I am a fan of messy endings, but this one was it's own crime scene. Since I didn't care about who had done it, I was able to just read and shake my head "no" as it unfolded.
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