Review of The Heirs: Fiction from Susan Rieger

I was intrigued by the back of the book description for The Heirs. However, I was disappointed by the actual story as I read.

Review of The Heirs by Susan Rieger

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About the Book:

From the book’s description...Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch
Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him. In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure.

Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together — Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm — and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty – a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor’s sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all.

A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable, patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out Edith Wharton for the 21st century.

My Thoughts:

The book is well-written. The author uses language well, and the story is interesting. The look at all of the complex relationships that make up a seemingly “normal” family is definitely a storyline that intrigued me.
However, I didn’t particularly like the book. For one thing, the chapters are named after various characters from the story. I’ve read books in this style before and expected that chapter to come from the perspective of that character. That wasn’t the case though. This cause some confusion for me.
The other thing I didn’t like about the book is a personal matter. I often review Christian fiction, but I certainly read other genres. I’m not particularly prudish when it comes to reading about intimate relationships or love between two men or two women. Reading The Heirs, however, was a bit like watching a soap opera. Every character seemed to have something like this going one- affairs, divorces, illegitimate children- no one in the book could have a normal, plain Jane, relationship. Perhaps that was the point. But it just wasn’t for me.
I give this one three stars and a PG13 rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here.

Review of The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Review of The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Review of The Heirs by Susan Rieger

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