Rating: 3.5 / 5
Is an inheritance a privilege or a right? After reading Birthright you may conclude that it’s neither a privilege nor a right, but a burden.
The book is accurately described as ‘a story of the relationships between siblings and of deceit, betrayal and revenge’. Our players are matriarch Margaret, ‘the puppet master’; put-upon daughter Sarah, ‘the fixer’; daughter-in-law Anita, ‘the pleaser’; and late-life child Ellie, ‘the black sheep’. Add the despicable, egotistical son Cameron and you have five individuals worthy of your finest soap opera plot.
All of them except Ellie are forced to dance attendance on their monster of a mother, who only has time and affection for Cameron. There are twists and turns galore, deceptions are unearthed and Ellie’s painful history is revealed. However, everyone gets their just desserts by the end, making it a satisfying journey for the reader.