The Heirs

The Heirs

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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The Heirs, the follow-up to Susan Rieger's critically-acclaimed debut, wrestles with the nature of inheritance and legacy as it affects an unforgettable, upper-crust Manhattan clan. With great command, wit and charm, we are introduced to the inimitable Falkeses- five clever, charismatic brothers, their partners, and their parents, Rupert and Eleanor. The brothers find themselves floundering after Rupert dies of cancer, suddenly shaken without their beloved father's immense influence on their lives. When, in the wake of Rupert's death, a long-held secret comes to light, the brothers are forced to reexamine their place in the wider world and in the smaller one they've always called home.

An elegant, incisive and witty commentary on elite Manhattan society and the dynamics of family, The Heirs will entertain from the first to last page.

Story Locale- New York City, NYew York City, NY
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101904718
Branch Call Number: FIC Riege
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 23, 2018

An interesting plot to help reveal secrets of a family. It was like peeling an onion back, one layer at a time.

Mar 25, 2018

So many secrets come to light after the death of a Manhattan lawyer. Not only about him but also about the mother. “What a tangled web, we weave….” This was an entertaining book.

Aug 24, 2017

The Heirs seemed like just my kind of book. An upper class NYC family with secrets! From reading the description I was so excited to receive an egalley from Netgalley to read and review.

This story opens with the death of a beloved father and husband. Each chapter is told by a different family member or close family friend, and secrets about his life are unraveled, showing that the perfect upper-class New York family weren't all that they seemed to be.

I had some pretty high expectations going into this read. I was quickly disappointed. Reading was very detailed and made for slow reading. There were so many characters to learn about and remember that I got confused and lost in the shuffle of a new character each chapter. Instead of revealing twists and turns I seemed to just read a typical soap opera about a privileged family.

What struck me was that although each chapter was dedicated to a specific character, I not once actually connected with a single one. While each character's layer made the overall story intriguing, it was very predictable.

I am somewhat torn on how to rate this. Though it was a predictable plot and pretty unrelatable on all levels, I did find some instances enjoyable. I would say this is a 3.5 to 4 star read for me. I did get this read in a span of a couple days also, so that has to count for something.

Susan Rieger's "The Heirs" is available now for purchase in ebook, hardcover, and paperback format. If you need a quick summer read that takes you away from reality, this is a great book to add to your stack!

Once again, I would like to thank Netgalley and Crown Publishing for providing me a copy to read and give my honest review.

Jul 05, 2017

I enjoyed this take on an 'ordinary' family, in which every member obviously has his/her own understanding or take on events, but I did wonder sometimes how everyone was so incredibly well-spoken, and would have preferred that once in a while they stumbled a little. Anyways, good book about a family with some secrets they hadn't shared.

debwalker May 30, 2017

Bad dad. With a second family. Readable literary fiction and a great summer read!

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