Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this “exquisite and shimmering” (Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone) suspenseful historical novel, where perilous secrets lurk under the glitz and glam of seaside wealth.
She didn’t have an enemy in the world…until she inherited a fortune.
London 1948: Eve Forrester is stuck in a loveless marriage, isolated in her gray and gloomy house when out of the blue, she receives a letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mysterious inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.
There, Eve discovers she has been bequeathed an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous. But while she rubs shoulders with the rich and famous, challengers to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge—challengers who would love to see Eve gone forever.
Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest—before her unexpected twist of fate turns deadly…
With Rachel Rhys’s “thrilling, seductive, and utterly absorbing” (Paula Hawkins, #1 bestselling author of The Girl on the Train) prose, Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against the decadence of the Côte d’Azur.
Rhys (Dangerous Crossing) lyrically highlights how one woman's staid existence is forever changed by her sudden inheritance. In May 1948, in Sutton, England, Eve Forrester receives a letter regarding the terms of an inheritance, summoning her to Cannes, France, on an expenses-paid trip for the reading of the will of Guy Lester, a man Eve has never met. Once in the South of France, Eve is amazed to learn she has inherited one-quarter share of Guy's house, the Villa La Perle; the other three shares go to his three children, Noel, Duncan, and 16-year-old Libby. Noel and Duncan are adults, so they can receive their share once the house is sold, but Libby's share will be held in trust by her mother. The other three parties want to sell the house soon, but Eve is undecided. As she tries to understand why she received the inheritance, she uncovers some long-buried secrets about her family's past. Eve's adventure takes on a mysterious edge when the truth about her inheritance reveals a number of surprises about her family. This alluring story will appeal to fans of historical fiction who like a twist of mystery.