ARC REVIEW: The Inheritance by Gabriel Bergmoser

Title: The Inheritance by Gabriel Bergmoser
Pages: 288
Published by: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 4th November 2021
Genre: Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones


A young woman is hiding out in a sleepy North Queensland tourist town, trying to stay under the radar, when she stumbles across a dangerous drug cartel. Anyone else might back away, pretend they haven’t seen anything, keep quiet, but Maggie is no ordinary girl.

She has to get out of town – fast. She heads towards Melbourne, where she just might find the answers she needs: about her mother, her past and the sins of her father. With a dubious cop as her ally, the police tracking her and a dangerous biker gang on their trail, Maggie’s troubles are doubling down fast.

My review:

A massive thank you to Faber & Faber for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Inheritance is an exhilarating read from start to finish and will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout. It was incredibly fast-paced and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. 

The story follows Maggie, who is living under the radar in a quiet town until she gets involved in a drug cartel and is forced to flee. She heads back to her hometown, Melbourne, where she hopes to find answers about her parents – particularly her mother, who abandoned her when she was young and left her in the care of her abusive father. She’s joined by an old family friend, Harrison Cooper, who worked as a cop with her father and wants to obtain his old case files so that he can put away a dangerous biker gang and find out the identity of a serial killer her father was investigating. However, Maggie and Cooper aren’t the only ones who want her father’s files; hot on their heels are the dangerous biker gang and they’re determined to kill anyone who gets in their way. Prepare for a wild ride as you follow Maggie and her fight for survival. 

Maggie is such a badass protagonist and possibly the most dangerous character in the entire story. Despite being cornered and outnumbered, she fights her way out of many life-threatening situations and shows just how resourceful she can be. However, she isn’t always able to walk away from every situation unscathed as she is beaten, strangled and stabbed to the point where she nearly dies. In short, this is a violent and brutal story, but it’s also about one woman stepping back into the past she’s tried so hard to escape from and confronting old memories of her abusive father and everything she inherited from him – the good and the bad. She suffered at the hands of his violence for years and finds herself questioning whether she inherited his violent trait. She also has to live with the fact that her mother abandoned her and the system failed her, and how this has affected her throughout her adult life. She’s a very complex and well-developed character.

As well as following Maggie’s story, we also get a glimpse into Cooper’s past when he worked with Maggie’s father and how they, along with a third cop, became crooked and how it all fell apart. Cooper has a difficult relationship with Maggie as he was aware she was being abused but he chose not to act and instead left Maggie with her father. Despite everything Maggie has done to hurt others, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her and how different her life could have been if Cooper had intervened. 

I didn’t realise until I finished this but it’s actually a sequel to The Hunted. This story works so well as a stand-alone that it’s not necessary to read the first book, however, this was such an adrenaline filled story that I’ll definitely be reading it. I’m excited to find out more about Maggie and what role she plays in that story. 

Dark, twisty and unforgettable, The Inheritance is an explosive read that will demand your full attention and leave you wanting more long after you’ve turned the last page. I highly recommend it!

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