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The Heirs is a story of family, love, sex, secrets, loyalty and betrayal, all of which bubbles to the surface and is exposed upon the passing of Rupert Falkes, the patriarch of this upper class Manhattan family. Susan Rieger does an excellent job of crafting this story in such a way where there are no dramatic ups and downs, but simply a tale told in a matter of fact manner (even the most shocking of the secrets), yet written with such humor and wit that you instantly get lost in the language and tone of the narration itself.
There are so many parts to this family and the setting that I loved: the Falkes family, although not perfect, is built upon by two parents (Eleanor and Rupert) who love and respect each other and their children, and whose company each enjoys, and their five sons, the glimpse into the lives and lifestyle of Manhattan's high class society (in some ways, very Gossip Girl-ish), and the gravitational pull towards the description of Eleanor Falke's elegant and graceful presence including her surprisingly risque endeavours. The dynamic of the family is typical of what you hear of the Manhattan upper crust - polite, beautiful, rich and will, at all cost, brush family scandals and secrets under the rug as quickly as possible. That is, until something triggers an "undoing" of oneself, or in this case, a family. Susan Rieger navigated thru the family's scandals and secrets in a way that was so befitting of each character's personalities and in a way that strays from the stereotypical manner in which you'd expect the elite to resolve any issues (i.e., the "under the rug" comment).
Nothing in this book was overly dramatic despite the occurrence of dramatic events. It takes a true master to be able to keep a reader engaged for an entire length of a book when there are no major cliffhangers that are over exaggerated, and Susan Rieger does an excellent job. I couldn't put this one down and I highly recommend it for a great summer (or anytime) read!
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.