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The Inheritance

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A sequel to the author’s brilliant first novel in the series, The Hunted, The Inheritance picks up a little after the first novel ended, with Maggie trying to live a quiet life while still searching for her mother. 

She’s got a job in a bar and when her manager is attacked by a patron who’s clearly extorting money, she follows the man and blows up the warehouse he’s in. She’s always been a little impulsive and has an urge for natural justice, after all. The man is linked to a drug cartel though, and it’s no surprise that he ends up following her to Melbourne, where she’s following a lead as to where her missing mother might have gone to.

In Melbourne she falls in with an ex-cop friend of her father’s who she’s unsure she can trust and the two soon become cross paths with a biker gang called the Scorpions. Between them and the gangster following her, this is a recipe for violence galore.

The Inheritance isn’t as good as The Hunted in my opinion, but it’s still an excellent read. I would love Maggie to return in a third instalment and hope that she will.
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If you are a fan of COD or other, high octane, first person shooter games, this book is for you, as it has a similar level of violence and you are back in it every few pages.

Unfortunately,  I am not the ideal reader for this book.  I read a lot of crime fiction, some of it, eg Larsson, Nesbo, Slaughter, quite graphically violent. However, this is more action film made into a novel than traditional crime fiction and, sadly for my husband, you would have to bribe me with a factory full of chocolate before getting me to sit through one willingly.  I know that some would argue that there is a whole background plot but for me, that was not enough to hang a story on.

I know that there will be an audience who will love this book but I’m afraid that I’m just not one of them.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Faber and Faber Ltd for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I chose to read a free eARC of The Inheritance but that has in no way influenced my review.

I LOVED The Hunted, the first book in this gripping Australian thriller/horror series. It warmed my dark little heart on so many levels. So, without question, The Inheritance was one of my most anticipated books of the year. And oh boy, it didn't disappoint. We're back with kick-ass, bad-ass Maggie who has a personal mission to fulfil. Anyone who gets in her way better watch out because Maggie has been through hell and back to get to this point and she'll do whatever it takes to discover the truth...

This is a very personal mission for Maggie and I loved finding out more about her history, what shaped her to be the determined, stop-at-nothing woman she's become. There's bloodshed galore, some particularly grisly moments but I loved being along for the ride as Maggie dug deeper into her family history. She comes across some particularly violent and unrelenting characters on her quest and does some pretty horrendous things to them but I couldn't help but like her. She's a one-woman powerhouse but I could understand where she was trying to get to.

I found it fascinating to watch as she discovered that what she believed to be one of the few good things about her childhood turned out to be not as peachy as she recalled. I was on the edge of my seat as she ran, full pelt, from her enemies (and there are a few!), having to trust people she's not completely sure she can, leaving a trail of destruction and chaos in her wake. Wonderful stuff.

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. The Inheritance is a gutsy, thrilling read which I devoured with glee. Maggie is a force to be reckoned with and I hope there is more to come. Despite her penchant for violence, you can't help but warm to this very human character who just wants answers after a lifetime of misery. The Inheritance is a non-stop, adrenaline ride of a book - it would make a GREAT movie - and I hope this isn't the last we see of this intriguing, well-written character. If you love a thrilling, female-led tale then make sure you pick this one up. I don't think you need to have read The Hunted first as it works well as a standalone. Although, like its sequel, The Hunted is a fantastic book so why not treat yourself to both! Recommended.

I chose to read and review a free eARC of The Inheritance. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
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WOW, WOW, WOW, I absolutely loved this it had me gripped from the first page until the last. I had read the authors previous novel The Hunted but hadn’t realised this was a sequel to that, although this is easy to read as a stand alone novel, as everything in it was explained, so it really doesn’t matter if you have read the first or not, for me personally I was glad I had read it.

Maggie has learnt how to blend into the background, to be invisible. She needed to get away so drove across Australia ending up in a small coastal town Port Douglas in North Queensland.she had managed to find a job in a small bar which she enjoyed, it wasn’t too busy. One night a man came in and Maggie’s antennae began to twitch, she noticed a change in her bosses demeanour, she followed the man one night and realised he was the head of a drug cartel, but where most people would run, Maggie did the opposite, this brings Cooper Harrison back into her life, he was a cop friend of her father. A man she had always hoped would come to her rescue and take her in like a daughter, but he never had. Which left Maggie with her drunk and abusive dad, as well as foster homes. Seeing him again there is still that bit of hope in her that he will help her. But can she trust him?

Cooper persuades Maggie to drive back to Melbourne with him, to claim her inheritance from her dead dad, but it’s not really the inheritance that interests Cooper, her dad had. a hard drive which Cooper believes has the identity of a serial killer identified by her father on it. But Maggie also wants the hard drive as she thinks it may contain vital information about her mother who had abandoned her at a young age on it, she has been searching for her mum for years, could the answers be on the hard drive? But they aren’t the only two people after the hard drive there are others, including the head of a biker gang known as the Scorpions. Maggie is now not only a fugitive from the law but also needs to use her wits, skills and courage to fight for her life.

The reader gradually learns of Maggie’s background, the horrors of her childhood, and foster homes. Where she tries to be normal going to university and having a friend, Ness, only for everything to fall apart again. Maggie can’t seem to escape her past every which way she turns it defines her. Can she survive what she now has to face?

This is a fast paced Adrenalin fuelled read, gripping, engrossing and brutal at times, certainly not for the faint hearted. A perfect Australian outback noir, packed with suspense, violence, a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns, about family, corrupt cops, fathers, redemption and last of all hope. Can Maggie survive?

I would like to thank #netgalley and #FaberBooks for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
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This is a very fast paced, super violent, follow up to The Hunted.  Lots of action and buckets of blood but the story didn't hold my attention as much as it dd in the earlier book.  Still a decent crime thriller and it was nice to see Maggie getting herself in tons of trouble again. 3.5 stars
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I hadn’t read Gabriel Bergmoser’s prequel, ‘The Hunted’, but I managed to pick up on Maggie’s story.    

‘The Inheritance’ sees Maggie living a quiet life, flying under the radar in a Queensland resort.  She’s eventually recognised and is sucked into a search for a hard-drive that her father may or may not have made, which may contain vital information that may help her discover why her mother abandoned her, but it may also contain incriminating evidence that the Melbourne underworld is also searching for.  

It was great to have a such a strong and fearless female protagonist.  I think fans of Stieg Larsson’s ‘Girl with a Dragon Tattoo’ and subsequent books will enjoy this.  For me, it felt like I was a reading an action film, and I’m sure it will be adapted into a film soon.  It was a very pacy book full of action, but for me it felt a little hollow at the same time. 

Huge thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for making this book available to me as an ARC for a fair and honest review.
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I didn't realise this was a sequel to Gabriel Bergmoser's Australian Outback Noir, The Hunted, but to be honest it did not make much difference to how much I enjoyed this that I had not read the first book. This is, however, a brutally violent, adrenalin fuelled thriller where carnage is the norm, featuring the protagonist, a young Maggie, a woman who you barely notice, she has a talent for fading into the background. It begins with Maggie working in a bar in the tourist coastal town of Port Douglas in North Queensland, having escaped her traumatic past, and looking to live a much sought after life of normalcy. This turns out to be a pipe dream, when she follows a drug cartel leader to a warehouse that explodes after she rigs an improvised bomb. This brings Cooper Harrison, a cop friend of her father, Eric, back into her life.

Cooper was a man she had invested so many of her dreams as a child into, wanting him to take her away from the drunk and abusive Eric, and make her part of his family. This never happened, but there is a part of Maggie that clings to her old illusions, as she and Cooper drive back to Melbourne to claim her inheritance from her dead father, which includes a hard drive that Cooper believes has the identity of a serial killer identified by her father. Maggie wants the hard drive because it contains vital information on the mother she has been searching for so long, a mother that had abandoned her. However, there are others who want the hard drive too, including a biker gang known as the Scorpions. A fugitive from the law, Maggie finds herself having to fight for her life from threats around every corner, having to rely on her deadly skills, wits and courage, ending up betrayed, battered, and scarred for life.

Maggie's traumatic background is detailed in the narrative, such as the horrors of her childhood and foster homes, her efforts to become an ordinary student, finding a friend, Ness, only for the friendship to fall apart, leaving her once again lonely, and ostracised from society. The monetary gains, home and hard drive are not the only aspects that Maggie stands to inherit, there is the more problematic inheritance of her trauma and a personal history that has defined who she is, making her a prisoner of the past, can she learn to forge her own destiny and path in life? This is a engaging and entertaining thriller, packed with suspense and violence, of family, fathers, corrupt cops, redemption and hope. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.
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The Inheritance by Gabriel Bergmoser is the follow up to the author's debut, "The Hunted" and is the continuing story of Maggie's search for her Mother. Maggie is no ordinary young woman, from supposedly living a quiet life "under the radar" the murder and mayhem kicks off very quickly and is relentless throughout the whole book. Maggie makes Jack Reacher look like Tinkerbell and almost casually maims,batters and kills her way through page after page of increasingly dire situations as she gets involved in a case of age old police corruption and invokes the wrath of gangsters and a savage "Bikie" gang in her search for evidence. She also endures any number of vicious assaults and woundings herself. all described in graphic detail.  

The action is non-stop and very much of the style of Simon Kernick ,there's quite a lot of  very explicit violence and brutality so if you're squeamish this one isn't for you. It stretches credulity more than a bit and there was one pretty big error that I won't reveal as it would spoil a major scene and not everyone will spot it anyway but it's great fun and I can handle a bit of artistic licence in the name of entertainment. 

The plot is fairly complex but it works and there's some pretty deep comment on father/child relationships along the way as well,something that is a key theme of the book. 

I really enjoyed the book,it's fast-moving and there are plenty of twists and turns, not least as Maggie is never sure whose on her side and who is using her for their own ends. It's very violent and some of the situations veer towards comic book but the action never stops and it's very entertaining.
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In the first few pages of this book, our protagonist, Maggie, commits murder, destroys property, and attacks some gangsters with an improvised explosive. And therein lies what will likely divide opinion on the rest of the story: Maggie is a psychopath. She has had a sad and traumatic childhood that has resulted in an unhinged adult.

The rest of the book sees Maggie move from set piece to set piece searching for a MacGuffin, deploying extreme violence in self-defence or just because someone looked at her in a funny way. Each time, she makes her situation worse.

There is some entertainment to be had if you think of this as you do an over-the-top B-movie. But ultimately, it wasn't my cup of tea.
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The Inheritance is the sequel to Gabriel Bergmoser's The Hunted and I can inform you, you do not have to have read the first book to enjoy this novel. Saying that, I will read The Hunted after enjoying this book.
The synopsis of the story is that Maggie is hiding in Queensland where she is located by a police officer from her past who returns with her to Melbourne to get some evidence to crimes from her fathers (a former detective and abusive alcoholic) deceased estate while claiming her inheritance. 
Things do not run smoothly as she is being chased by criminals, a motorcycle gang and the police. It is an action packed thriller with a quirky but likeable female protagonist.. I am sure this is not the last we will see of Maggie .... and that is a good thing.
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Another tense, edge-of-your-seat thriller from the author of The Hunted, one of my favourite books of last year. If you liked The Hunted, you will love this!
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There is a lot to like here...but I would really like to have known that this was book 2 in a series. It feels at times a direct sequel and that all the pieces are not quite there. Which is a shame as I think it would help with engagement for Maggie, the main character and I really struggled with that throughout.
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I was a massive fan of The Hunted and I'm a massive fan of The Inheritance too.

First we have Maggie, one of the most unusually engaging main protagonists you'll come across, then we have an action packed narrative of huge page turning quality all plotted and written pitch perfectly.

I read it in two breathless sittings, the edgy, unpredictable story keeps you hooked in throughout until the big finale which was truly excellent.

Can't wait to see what happens next...
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Awesome. What a fun read. 
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. 
Fast moving like The Hunted, it gripped me like a snake grips it's prey. Awesome. A good read. 
Definitely expecting more from this author next time. 
Thanks to NetGalley and Faber and Faber for giving me an advance copy.
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