Today I am reviewing The Will by Rebecca Reid, published by Transworld Books.
The Mordaunts aren’t like most families . . .
For one, their family home is Roxborough Hall – a magnificent, centuries-old mansion in the Norfolk countryside. For another, the house isn’t passed down from parent to child – but rather to the family member deemed most worthy.
Cecily Mordaunt is dead. On the evening of her funeral, her family will gather for dinner and each will be given a letter, revealing who is the next custodian of Roxborough Hall.
The house is a burden, a millstone, a full-time job . . . but they all want it. And some are willing do anything to get it.
“One family. Eight letters. Who will get what they deserve?…”
Nothing brings the worst out in some people more than a deceased family members will. In the case of this tale, it is a mansion in the Norfolk countryside known as Roxborough Hall, where the deceased chooses one person to inherit whom they deem worthy, that is up for grabs.
I found this concept to be so interesting and it stood out above other tales in a similar vain where the focus it just on money. I enjoyed learning about the history of the tradition, but there is so much more to the story. A family drama with secrets, lies and deceit to uncover that is done so spectacularly through its many twists and turns.
The players are flawed and complex and each with their own reasons for wanting the mansion. It is told from the perspective of each which gives great insight into their characters. I particularly enjoyed the chapters from the past involving the mansion current custodian Cecily Mordaunt before her death and her best friend Violet.
I absolutely loved this book and was disappointed when it ended as I was enjoying so much! Gripping from start to finish I just devoured it. This is only the second book I have read from Reid and I really enjoy her style of storytelling and how she vividly brought this one to life. A must read that I highly recommend checking out.
Thank you to Rebecca Reid, Transworld Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Will, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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LET’S GET TO KNOW REBECCA REID
Rebecca is the author of the novels Perfect Liars, Truth Hurts and Two Wrongs, and the nonfiction book The Power of Rude. She is a freelance journalist and columnist for the Telegraph‘s women’s section and a regular contributor to Telegraph culture.
She is the former digital editor of Graziamagazine and has previously written for Stylist, the Independent, the Guardian, The Times, Marie Claire, the New Statesman and Glamour Magazine. She regularly contributes to Good Morning Britain, Sky News and various BBC radio programmes. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway.