When Agatha dies, everyone has their eyes on her will. However, the bizarre terms will make it difficult to collect what they “deserve”. It seems everyone tries to kill everyone using extremely gory methods. In Dead End Drive, the last person alive wins the estate when the lawyer arrives the next morning.
“No one fights for equality. They fight and kill for superiority, status, kingdom. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.”
I love the idea of the plot, Ready or Not mixed with the satire of Clue and the violence and short timeframe of The Purge. However, the execution left a lot to be desired.
The first quarter of the book gives a very surface level look at the twelve main characters of the book. All are vile or obviously meat for the others. Even the ones with a conscience are murderers from previous wills. In addition, there are many repetitive descriptions of the swampy Louisiana estate that is up for grabs.
I think horror fans, particularly fans of The Purge-like free-for-alls may enjoy Dead End Drive. I think there may be a great book in there somewhere with the help of a good editor. Unfortunately, in its present form, I can’t give it more than 1 star.
Thanks to Steak House Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.