The Heirs by Susan Rieger: A Review
When I put this book on my to-be-read list, I believed that it would be more about the claims of additional heirs. Instead, it was really more of a saga of a family and their friends. The stories of the lives of the various members of the family were interesting but I think I would have been more interested if the book centered more on the drama of the woman's claims of being the mother to Rupert's children.
Most of the characters were upper-class, old moneyed New Yorkers. Eleanor was very likeable but the other characters seemed to complain too much. At one point, one of her (millionaire) sons complains about having too much money when he says, "I can't get rid of the money, it's like a sin, 'a huge heap increasing under the very act of diminishing'". They come off as elitist and out-of-touch. That is not to say that the characters were not complex, though. On the contrary, Rieger did a wonderful job building unique and developed characters.
The ending really bothered me as I felt that the story really started to get interesting at the very end of the book but questions were asked that failed to be answered. While I was a bit disappointed by some of the parts of the book, I did enjoy reading it. The writing is very fluid and easy to read and I found myself finishing the book quickly. While it wasn't one of my favorite books of the year, I would recommend it to a reader who enjoys books about characters more than stories.
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