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The Den

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First, I’d like to thank NetGalley and Thomas&Mercer for this arc.

The overall story was keeping me on my toes. The ending was surprising. Maybe a more advanced mystery reader would’ve been able to find out sooner but to me the conclusion came as a surprise.

The characters were all unlikable. We have the arrogant first-born, Christian, who is just an overall asshole. There’s his younger brother Jeremy, the good for nothing drug addict who’s not even worth being a spare. Valerie is the prissy miss goody two shoes who thinks what she does is right for everybody but her sense of righteousness only gets others in trouble. And then there’s the youngest, Lucinda who made her older sibling jealous with all the love and attention she got - but it wasn’t enough and she developed an exhibitionism problem. Oh, and she’s one of two LGBTQ+ characters in this book. Gotta fulfill this quota. *sigh*
Again, none of the characters were likeable. The children were all assholes, the parents as well, the housekeeper, don’t get me started on her (there’s a reason you shouldn’t fraternise with the hired help).

Still I enjoyed reading this book and if I come across another one of Cara Reinard‘s books I’ll probably read it.

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The entire Fox family is gathered for an event honouring their mother when the patriarch collapses. This kick starts the unraveling of the Fox's estate and everything each sibling thought they knew about themselves, their parents and their inheritance. We watch the four siblings (Lucy, Valerie, Christian and Jeremy) turn against each other when they learn about "The Den". Each strives to keep their financial struggles secret whilst trying to ensure they get the millions owed to them from "The Den".

This book gave me very strong Succession vibes. Not a single character is likeable, the siblings all have major distrust and hatred towards each other and the Father seems like a royal jerk. There is a suspicious housekeeper, an Alzheimer riddled mother and a host of questionable characters who pop along the way. BUT it keeps you reading. I had my suspicions of who was responsible for the deaths that occurred/trying to steal the fortune from the siblings from the beginning, but you do get caught up in the suspicion and questioning minds of the siblings as they realize somebody is out to get them.

I recommend this book for anybody looking for a fast paced suspense novel. You might figure out the villain early on but it is a fun and wild ride. Can't wait to check out some of Cara's other books after reading this one.

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When the patriarch of the Fox family mysteriously suffers a heart attack his four estranged children learn that a trust has been set up worth millions of dollars to be split evenly between them upon his death. Immediately the siblings are under investigation for poisoning their father and suddenly another accident in the family occurs. Is the family being targeted for their money or is the family targeting each other for a larger share?

This book was such a fun read. It had “Succession” and an adult version of “The Inheritance Games” vibes, which I loved. It was one of those books that you just want to read in one sitting and not put down!

The characters were all very different and interesting in their own way. The plot was one we’ve heard many times before, yet it still felt new and fresh. And although I pretty much figured out the mystery/twist fairly early on, I still wanted to keep reading and was surprised by some fun little twist and turns along the way.

The only complaint I really have about this book is that I found the ending kind of cheesy.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense/thriller/mystery novels and am looking forward to reading more of Cara Reinard’s books.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and statements are my own.

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I loved the beginning of this story thats what drew me into it. but the story ended up moving so slow. i had to skim the chapters to the end which was very lackluster. there are way better thrillers out there than this.

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Valerie and her siblings have always been very competitive with each other. Their father fostered their competitive nature throughout their lives. When their father has a heart attack, the siblings return home for their inheritance, they find that once again their father is pitting the siblings against each other. But, this time the competition might be deadlier. An exciting thriller with an unique plot and plenty of suspense to keep the reader engaged.


Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this ARC, I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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I wanted to love this book so very much. I really did.

I don't know what it really was about this book. It was lacking personality. It lacked a connection to its reader. I just couldn't keep myself engaged and caring about what was happening in this book.

The characters in this book are all vapid, greedy, self indulged, and entitled. I disliked every last one of them. I rarely find myself liking books with these kinds of characters. They always seem to take away from my enjoyment of reading.

The mysteries in this story weren't hard to flesh out. They were just the way the story was heading without much guessing, if I'm being honest.

Overall, this book lost me at times but then found a way to draw me back in. The back and forth of the train wreck that is the family in this book kept me reading to the end. It was an okay read.

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This was a real page turner with a terrific twist at the end. What kept this from being a five star review for me was the inconsistency of the characters—many were portrayed negatively then positively and then negatively again—I felt that I was unconvincingly and arbitrarily being jerked around by the author. Nevertheless yhis was a very enjoyable read and very reco!

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In Cara Reinard’s The Den, this gripping domestic suspense thriller is twisted, dark, and keeps you guessing straight toward the end. It all started for Lucinda Fox, who came home to Pittsburgh to attend a benefit to honor her mother. But when her father suffered a stroke, it caused a ripple effect for her sister Valerie, her two brothers Christian and Jeremy, and even for their former nanny, Marian Vega. While they waited to hear their father’s prognosis, they learned about the Den, a special trust fund set up by their father Stefan Fox, in case anything should happen to their father. Meanwhile it caused sparks and other concerns between them. Christian wants to contest it, while the others don’t. But when he winds up in the fatal car accident, things change. Someone began to target them, one by one, until they were wiped out to claim the money. It’s up to Lucinda and Valerie to get down to the bottom of it before it’s too late for them. In a life-and-death battle, the surprising twist will leave you speechless and spine-tingling at the climax.

This compelling domestic suspense is dark and twisted with a gripping storyline premise. I cared for Lucinda, who was the unwanted child, and wanted so much to please the people who cared about her. I also cared for Valerie, who wanted to protect her daughter Isla, and give her a better future. The location of Pittsburgh painted the scenes well for the settings. The dual themes of the story is no one’s perfect, and greed is an evil sin when it comes to money and revenge.

This dark domestic suspense will keep you at the edge of your seat and make your head spin. I rated this book, four out of five stars for no reason. If you love dark domestic thrillers with family issues, non-stop action, heart-stopping drama, and plenty of suspense, you'll love The Den. It's recommended for fans who love Gone Girl and Hannah Mary McKinnon.

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Stefan Fox has a heart attack one night during an event. Results come in that it was some how connected to mercury poisoning and all the Fox children and even Marisol the the housekeeper are under investigation. The children see the family lawyer and find out that about the huge inheritance they will get if Stefan dies. Valerie, Christian, Lucinda, and Jeremy all have issues and they are very competitive. One by one things begin to happen to each of them. Someone wants that money badly, but who is it and will they win and take it all?

This was the first book I have read by Cara Reinard. THE DEN is full of mystery and suspense. I was not sure what was going on and it was quite a wild ride, I loved the alternating points of view and all the secrets these characters were hiding. I really did enjoy figuring out the mystery and would recommend this book to one to my friends. I always like to read the acknowledgements at the end of a book and will read the author's other novels she suggested to try next.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This review will be shared on my Instagram (@coffee.break.book.reviews) in the near future.

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With family like the Foxes, who needs enemies!? This wealthy family has a lifetime history of emotional abuse, rivalry, and greed. It all comes to a head when their father has health problems and they learn of provisions to his Will. A great read filled with lots of complex characters!

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The Den is the latest family drama thriller from Cara Reinard, due to be published at the end of 2022. I've read and enjoyed a few of the author's previous books, and I was lucky enough to get an early release of this one from NetGalley. I would have bought it anyone as I connect well with the writing style, plot development and character progression in Reinard's work. This is no exception; she's outdone herself with the different personalities in this crazy family. Focused on the 4 adult children of a ruthless business man, the matriarch of the family is suffering from Alzheimer's and in an assisted living facility. She's home for one night on her anniversary, but what happens at the party leads to a lot more disaster. Toss in the mother / son duo who take care of the family, a few husbands, wives and children, and you've got an interesting crowd. The plot has layers, and it might be easy to figure out one or two of them, but truly, this is an onion of betrayal, each person fighting to control The Den, which is the family trust. Why was it changed a month ago? Who is behind this new path of destruction? Clever and witty, the story has lots of merit. I wasn't totally fond of some of the lack of balance in the different stories about each family member, but it was a cohesive book on the whole.

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This was a great book. I loved every paragraph, every sentence and every word of this masterpiece! I read it in 12 hours, which is a lot for me to do! It had everything and more laid out in the novel! I sure hope she writes more! I am totally hooked!

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Finally got a chance to pick this one up. Main plot similar to 'Succession', and 'Knives Out' where the father has a heart attack and the four siblings are left to decide if it was accidental or intentional. Lots of time is spent on the siblings backstories and childhoods, so the author gets an A++ for character development. However, none of these characters were very likeable. It's a slow read but does have some good twists at the end and you want to find out whodunnit. More time spent on the relationship between the 2 parents would have been nice as well.

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This storyline involves three siblings who are at their parent’s Anniversary Party, when their father is poisoned. Their mother has dementia and is currently in a nursing home. The reading of the Will is exposed and the Estates money is to be divided 50% between the surviving siblings and 50% to a charity. Soon one by one, accidents start to happen . Could it be sibling rivalry, or is someone else the blame? For me, this was a slow read with little action.

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I've been on a kick with modern Agatha Christie-style whodunit novels recently. I was intrigued by the description for <em>The Den</em>, but I was underwhelmed by the execution. I've read other similar titles this year that fared far better in terms of pacing. <em>The Den</em> introduces us to the four entitled Fox siblings: Christian, Valerie, Jeremy, and Lucinda (aka "Lucy*). After their father mysteriously winds up in the hospital having suffered both a stroke AND a heart attack the night of a big family event, the Fox siblings must figure out what happened to him...they may want their inheritances if Stefan Fox dies, but they're also afraid they might be next.

The first three-quarters of the book (and certainly at least the first 50%) were entirely too occupied with character exposition and flashbacks. I didn't really care for the entitled and insipid Fox siblings, and the narration jumps between Valerie, Lucy and Marian — the Fox family's long-time house keeper. The first half of the book indulges in long flashbacks from the Fox siblings' childhoods, and I didn't find the backstories relevant or necessary to the main "whodunit" plot-line. Candidly, I skimmed a good chunk of the middle section because the character studies didn't seem germane to the mystery. Reinard does end the book with some delectable reveals and sews it up nicely in the vein of her predecessor Agatha Christie. But I couldn't get past the pacing issues and the excessive exposition when I really wanted to focus solely on the mystery and suspense storyline at the book's center.

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Let The Games Begin..
The four Fox siblings are brought together at their father’s deathbed. After all, whilst they utterly detest him, there’s a sizeable estate at stake. Everyone is on watch, even the housekeeper. This patriarch has raised these children to be competitive - to the death - and everyone knows that the less beneficiaries there are, the bigger the rewards will be. Let the games begin. Who, if anyone, can be trusted? A swiftly moving narrative, a perfect set up for a murder mystery, well crafted and peppered with generally unlikeable characters all with a cut throat psychological mindset.

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Nothing brings the four Fox siblings together like their detestable father’s heart attack and a hefty inheritance to be divided equally. At his deathbed is his oldest daughter, Valerie; her irresponsible sister, Lucy; and their two embattled brothers, Christian and Jeremy. Even the former housekeeper, Marian, who’s been with the family for forty years, is on watch. All Valerie hopes for is an amicable reunion, despite the damages of the past.
By punishing means, Stefan Fox raised his children to be competitors. The cruel lessons now serve them well in a game of life and death. When it comes to the family fortune, the rules are simple: fewer siblings means a bigger share.
After a suspicious accident, Valerie knows the worst is yet to come and confiding in the wrong person could be the most dangerous thing she’s ever done.
Really enjoyable read totally recommend
Thank You NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer
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This was a dark and intriguing tale. This book is about greed and revenge. It’s loaded with twists and turns. It is a very cleverly written book. I can’t say that I particularly liked any of the characters. I found them to be whiny and unkind. I enjoyed the book very much. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

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This book was just an ok read for me. It centers on the 4 grown Fox children who are being targeted by an unknown assailant after their father is injured and the details of his will, and immense wealth, is revealed. The story is primarily told from the youngest daughter Lucinda’s POV, but you also get chapters from the oldest sister, Valerie, and from their former housekeeper, Marian.

Lots of reviewers were talking about how the characters weren’t likable but that didn’t bother me. The dynamics between them made sense and I could understand where each of them was coming from, even if I didn’t necessarily agree with the decisions they made. The thing that did bother me is that I easily figured out who the villain was early in the book; while there were a couple minor twists, it all turned out pretty much exactly how I expected. I would’ve preferred a little more mystery.

Overall, a decent read that held my interest, but was a little too predictable in my opinion. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I really wanted to like this book, I had a hard time getting into the characters. This one is not for me, but others may enjoy it.

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