The Beloveds – Maureen Lindley

Happy Friday! Gotta keep the book reviews coming before the month is over 🙂

Thanks to Gallery Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE BELOVEDS – Maureen Lindley (Releasing April 3rd, 2018)

Isn’t that cover gorgeous? And it goes so perfectly with this floral Book Biff.

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

This cover instantly drew me in. THE BELOVEDS by Maureen Lindley wasn’t what I was expecting it to be and I was very happy that Emily (book.happy) told me that it wasn’t a thriller. That’s good to know going into this read – its more fiction with a dash of mystery to it.

A Beloved is someone that is lucky enough in life to have nothing go wrong for them. Everything effortlessly is given to them – beauty, happiness, fortune, and more. Unfortunately for Betty her sister Gloria is a beloved. The two couldn’t be more opposite from each other. Gloria has the looks, the personality, the friends, and the husband that all should have been Betty’s. To make things worse she inherits the family manse when it was supposed to be for Betty.

The final straw was losing her rightful inheritance, Betty quickly approaches the point of no return as she is determined to get the estate returned to her. At it’s core, this is a vicious sibling rivalry between sisters. Lindley brings us into the unhinging mind of Betty as she tries to have the life her Beloved sister has. I will say that both characters had their moments of annoyance – but that keeps things mixed up for the reader. You can’t always have likeable characters!

Overall, if you’re looking for a thriller, then this won’t be for you. If you like Gothic vibes mixed in with your modern fiction and to dive into the mind of someone slowly losing their sanity, then THE BELOVEDS needs to be added to that never-ending TBR.

 

Do you like the more character studies that have a dash of mystery to them? Or would you prefer a straight up mystery novel?

–Jess

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