Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys #20BooksofSummer


Author : Rachel Rhys
Title : Fatal Inheritance
Pages : 400
Publisher : Doubleday
Publication date : June 26, 2018


1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey London suburb.

Then, out of the blue, she receives a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance. And to find out more, she must to travel to the glittering French Riviera.

There Eve discovers that her legacy is an enchanting pale pink villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Suddenly her life could not be more glamorous. But while she rubs shoulders with film-stars and famous writers, under the heat of the golden sun, rivals to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge. Rivals who want her out of the way.

Alone in this beguiling paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest – before events turn deadly.


One word : LOVE!!!! There. Now go and buy it.

I adored Rachel Rhys’ previous book, A Dangerous Crossing, and couldn’t wait to read more by her. I had super high expectations for Fatal Inheritance and needing to wait for the stunning hardcover to finally land on my doorstep was excruciating! However, within the first few pages I already knew it had most definitely been worth the wait.

There is something immensely captivating about the way Rachel Rhys writes and it only took minutes for me to find myself completely transported to 1948, where we are introduced to the character of Eve Forrester. To say Eve is a wee miserable might be a slight understatement. Caught up in loveless marriage and living in a grey London suburb in a gloomy house where nothing is to her taste, she often wonders if this is it. Is this the best it’ll ever be?

But then she receives a letter, telling her of an inheritance left to her by a wealthy stranger. To find out more, Eve needs to travel all the way to the south of France. But with a family resentful of her status as an heir, all is not fierce sunshine and lovely smelling flowers.

Set right after the second world war, there was no hardship at all in sympathising with Eve’s circumstances. After all, women had been doing their bit during the war, finding their own feet and surviving, doing jobs intended for men as they were off fighting. Yet now, they are expected to go back to being submissive. Eve’s husband, in particular, is incredibly domineering and highly unlikeable. Her trip to France, where she gets to mingle with celebrities and get a taste of how things could be, will change her life.

I’ve never been to the south of France but the gloriously vivid descriptions made it incredibly easy to imagine the sights, the scents and the feeling of the sun on my skin. Although considering I read this in the middle of a heatwave, the latter wasn’t too hard to do. The mystery as to who has left Eve this inheritance is slowly revealed throughout the story and while I did figure bits out quite early on, it didn’t bother me at all.

Fatal Inheritance is historical fiction from the top shelf. It’s mysterious and exquisitely written. One to savour and enjoy and be utterly immersed in. Did I mention I loved it? I absolutely can’t wait for more by Rachel Rhys!

Fatal Inheritance is available to buy!

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Book 14 from my 20 Books of Summer list.


  20 comments for “Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys #20BooksofSummer

  1. August 14, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Great review, I have both books on my kindle and really need to find the time to read them 😁 xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 14, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Oh, you do, you really do! I do so love historical fiction when it’s done as well as this.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. August 14, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I ADORED this book too! So so good!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ChrissiReads
    August 14, 2018 at 10:56 am

    This book definitely sounds intriguing. I’m going to add it to my ever growing TBR!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. August 14, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Such a brilliant book!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 14, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Sounds like an amazing read! And look at you #14 in the 20 books of summer. That’s fantastic!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 14, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    I loved a Dangerous Crossing, and I can’t wait to read this! Brilliant review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 14, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Such a wonderful book that was. I hope you love this one just as much!

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      • August 14, 2018 at 11:06 pm

        It was a perfect book! I’m sure I will love this one just as much! She’s a fabulous author. ❤


  7. August 14, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Great review and I’m glad you loved it! I still preferred A Dangerous Crossing, but she’d definitely on my list of must-read authors. Have you read any of her Tammy Cohen books?

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      I have read three, I think. I’m taking When She Was Bad on holiday with me. It’s been on my pile for ages but it keeps slipping back down. 🙄

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  8. August 15, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I’ve been seeing this one mentioned for a while and your review has definitely convinced me it needs to be on my wishlist. We seem to have similar taste when it comes to historical fiction, so I’ve a nice feeling I’m going to enjoy it as much as you obviously did.


  9. August 16, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Love your review as always Eva! I adored A Dangerous Crossing so cannot WAIT to get my mitts on this! 😍

    Liked by 1 person

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