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In this transgressive, satire-laced debut, a fourteen-year-old boy inherits his family home and the hatred of all those around him as they seek to seize the inheritance from his cold, dead hands.

When Agatha Benedict plucked Kelly off the city streets to replace her dead cat Poopsie, she neglected to inform him of some very important house traditions. The history of the Ben
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Published October 13th 2020 by Steak House Books
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Marianne
Dead End Drive is the first novel by American author, Ian Kirkpatrick. Agatha Jane Benedict, the heiress of the Benedict Estate, has died. Her adopted son, a fourteen-year-old illiterate brat called Kelly, expects to inherit her fortune.

The informal will reading, though, holds a surprise: “his inheritance to be left in the care of my personal medium and good friend, Madame Astra, until the boy is of legal age and able to claim it properly. If he and his guardian are unable to care for the proper
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Kelsey Renae
*** I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
2.5/5

I admire that this book took an exciting concept: potential inheritors of a property, literally battling for its ownership in an engaging duel of will power and strategy. The concept was a fun and new take on how many relationships are based around money and how that affects relationships. This concept allowed for a satirical spin on how each character reacts to their predicaments and how determined they
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Amanda
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
[I received a digital arc form Netgalley for an honest review]

Holy moly where to start with this book. It's filled with dark humor, gory murder, twisted and despicable characters. This book definitely isn't for every one but if that piques your interest it's worth checking out.


"There will be blood; monsters are not only things of fairy tales and bad dreams."

Dead End Drive
brings a group of people together during a storm to read the will of the Benedict estates deceased owner. It isn't long befor
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Vidhi
May 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Dead End Drive by Ian Kirkpatrick is a thriller novel that shows the actions of multiple characters at a reading of one deceased woman's will. The characters must fight to the death in one night and the victor shall inherit this entire fortune.

Let me start by talking about the plot itself, which I think was honestly not too bad. The pacing had some big issues as we didn't find out that everyone had to kill each other until the first victim was murdered a significant way through the book. There
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Laura Snider
This audiobook is a solid 2.5, but I'm giving it three stars because I tend to round up (for the benefit of the authors). My review is best broken down into separate elements;

Characters:
The character creation in this book is fantastic. Everyone is unique and they stay consistent with their personality types throughout the book. Even though there is a large cast of characters, nobody is easily confused with another and I was able to follow along with their stories. That said, they were all (for
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Richard Dominguez
After his mother passes away, 14 year old Kelly Benedict has no choice but to escape his home or perish at the hands of his remaining family.
Dead End Drive is Ms Kirkpatrick's debut novel and I have to say she doesn't disappoint. The story revolves around Kelly Benedict, one of the heirs to the vast fortune of his mother Agatha Benedict.
I loved this story, it reminded me so much of the early 40's and 50's black & white films I love where a group of "cut throat" family members gather together for
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*Tau*
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, reviews
The premise reminds of Agatha Christie's And then there were none
Twelve people in an estate … by the morning, who of them will be gone?

And who'll have survived the nightly murder party and follow Agatha Benedict in her wake
By becoming the new heir of the landhouse? Discover it in this book with a humorous take



It starts really well …

The blurb promises an enthralling story laced with humour.
And in the beginning the book lives up to this expectation. Some of the main characters are introduced one
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Joanne Tinkler (Mamajomakes)
Agatha Benedict is dead and her nearest and dearest have descended upon the Benedict estate for the reading of the will. Around the table are several people including Agatha’s adopted son Kelly, her hairstylist Alex and Gavin, estate and household manager. As expected, Kelly inherits the entire Benedict estate but what Kelly doesn’t expect is the tradition that comes after the will reading. It’s a game of cat and mouse involving all present and Kelly is going to survive the night he’ll need to p ...more
Kathy
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the premise and ideas here but it took a bit to get things going. I didn't really like the main character ver much. Kelly didn't come across well at the onset and that really set the tone for me. I did like the twists and turns and was glad I read it ...more
melhara
2.5/5

This book reminded me of the 2019 movie Ready or Not, which involved a rich and mysterious family with their dark and crazy traditions

Oh, and an entire night of running around an estate fighting to the death.

Dead End Drive begins with the death of Agatha Benedict and her will reading. However, unbeknownst to the next heir in line, Kelly Benedict, the will reading has a dark history of turning into a bloodbath. Tradition dictates that the last one standing (or the person agreed upon by all
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Belle
Sep 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
*Free e-copy received in exchange for an honest review

When I read a book, I want to feel like the reader, not the editor. This book was littered with so many typos and mistakes, however I'm unable to verify whether this was the final copy or not. I do hope it wasn't & the book was cleaned up a lot before publishing, as it's already available for purchase.

Cover: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Premise: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters: ⭐
Setting: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Execution: ⭐
Overall reading enjoyment: ⭐

Unfortunately this book and I didn't get along. Fant
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R Y A N  ⚡️
5/5 - 🌟 HAPPY RELEASE DAY! 10/13/20 🌟

Dead End Drive is the debut book of a seriously talented author. The premise is familiar but original at the same time — part coming of age, all murder mystery. The world building immerses the reader into a suspenseful bloody game of kill or be killed and the prize is an inheritance of The Benedict Estate.

The story manages a large cast of characters that are mostly despicable people, with a few roughly cut gems to round out the craziness.

I laughed at some of
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Dez Nemec
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, mystery, audiobook
Agatha Benedict, the reigning matriarch of the Benedict estate, dies leaving her heirs, hangers-on, and household employees to fight for her riches. Kelly, her 14-year-old son/house pet, doesn't believe anything bad is going to happen. But boy, is he wrong. Within several minutes of the reading of the will, one person is dead. And that is only the beginning...

The Benedict family has an unusual tradition in the wake of the family head's death. A will is written and read, but it is not "finalized"
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Jenna Rideout
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-netgalley
I was intrigued by the title of this novel, wondering if it was inspired by the board game 13 Dead End Drive, and it appears that it was. This modern thriller reads like a playthrough of the classic 90s board game, with every character matching a playable or backstory character from the game itself, and the setting and traps therein reflecting the board. Aunt Agatha, Madame Astra, and Beauregard keep their names and roles from the board game in this novel, while the rest of the novel's character ...more
Joanne Tinkler (Mamajomakes)
Agatha Benedict is dead and her nearest and dearest have descended upon the Benedict estate for the reading of the will. Around the table are several people including Agatha’s adopted son Kelly, her hairstylist Alex and Gavin, estate and household manager. As expected, Kelly inherits the entire Benedict estate but what Kelly doesn’t expect is the tradition that comes after the will reading. It’s a game of cat and mouse involving all present and Kelly is going to survive the night he’ll need to p ...more
Elke
I really wanted to enjoy this novel, as the premise sounded like so much fun. However, the supposed humor was totally lost on me. The characters were unoriginal, stereotypical, and flat in an exaggerated way. A lot of (aka too much) time was spent on describing the house's lavish interior in paragraphs I soon turned to skip reading. The murder scenes were somewhat OK, but in the end those brief moments could not save the book. What was expected to be a hilarious murder romp turned out to be a ra ...more
Jamey Goodyear
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dead End Drive is the debut novel of writer Ian Kirkpatrick. It is a dark comedy, lots of murder with comedy.

On a dark and stormy night, a group of people come together in an isolated mansion to see who will inherit the millions from the recently deceased Agatha.

Through a variety of characters, we learn the true nature of the human. What everyone is capable of to get what they want if they make that choice. The book moves right along with the antics of the participants in this farcical tragedy
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Lindy
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first audiobook and I got it from netgalley so I assume the audiobook is just coming out now. The physical book has been out for awhile.

I’m not sure whether it was the narration, the book itself or just the fact I can’t “read” by listening but I had no clue what was going on. I couldn’t follow the characters, those I thought had died were in it still later on. I probably won’t read the physical book to find out.

Now since this is my first audiobook I have nothing to compare to, but
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Linda ( Clary_Starfall )
It was my first audio book, the different voices done by one person was something to adapt too.

But the story was good.
It made me think of cluedo, it’s an old game where someone during dinner gets killed and it was one of the other guests 😇

Some traditions shouldn’t be kept, but when the owner of the estate dies everything gets started...
By hearing the story told, my imagination was very busy with all the details of the murders and scènes..
It was fun and good.

If you love a good mystery/thriller th
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Louise Gray
A pretty good effort at a mystery with a dark twist. There were odd parts of humour in the book which I found quite appealing but dark humour may not appeal to everyone. I’m not sure this was a very original plot but the writing style is very engaging and the author painted vivid pictures of all characters, some of whom were really intriguing.
Kristin
May 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Just from the synopsis I knew I had to listen to this book. It’s like Agatha Christie’s book “And then there were None” meets the movie “Knives Out.” I was sucked in from chapter 1, especially not knowing who would be the last left standing, or if there would even be one! Yes, it’s a storyline that has been written various times but I guess having a 14 year old in the mix made it a little different. The ending did leave me with some unanswered questions, which is why my rating is 3 stars. I will ...more
Laura
Oct 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and publisher Steak House Books in exchange for an honest review.

Oh boy, this book was a mess. Originally I was going to give it 2 stars for having a decent premise, but having found out that it's based off a boardgame, that means the only things I liked about it aren't original at all.

Dead End Drive is about a family where, when someone dies, the battle for inheritance is a literal battle to the death. After the reading of the will, the person
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Samuel
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was recommended this title by a friend, and I will admit some level of hesitance when it comes to debut works, but I’m VERY glad I didn’t pass on this!

A lot of the content won’t be for everyone. Dark humor and even darker themes run rampant in the pages of Dead End Drive, but it isn’t all gore and violence! The setting, the cast, the writing, all made it an enjoyable read that I will gladly read over again once I have a physical copy in my hands.

After dear old Agatha Benedict passes away, thos
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Jay
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read!!!
All the fun of a murder mystery party but without the mystery of who the killer is! ...
Since we do get to know the thoughts of both parties at that moment.
Definitely not an easily predictable ending!
Estella Mirai
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Well, my first read of 2021 was certainly an odd one, I’ll give it that.

Dead End Drive starts out with a fascinating premise—wealthy matriarch Agatha Benedict is dead, and her family and servants gather at her mansion one stormy night to play a game where the winner receives her estate and all the riches that come with it, while the losers won’t escape with their lives. For the first couple of chapters, the setting and cast of characters serve the premise well, but unfortunately, the story then
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Joan Hoffman
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kelly Benedict's mother has just died. Unfortunately, she never told him about the Benedict estate rules. He is the presumed heir to the estate, presuming he can manage to survive until morning. For the rules state that when the present owner dies, it's open season on any and all who would like to get their hands on the Benedict fortune.
A grimly humorous version of And Then There Were None, set in the Louisiana swamps. Kelly can trust no one, especially the gleefully murderous group of formerly
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Jenna Rideout
I was intrigued by the title of this novel, wondering if it was inspired by the board game 13 Dead End Drive, and it appears that it was. This modern thriller reads like a playthrough of the classic 90s board game, with every character matching a playable or backstory character from the game itself, and the setting and traps therein reflecting the board. Aunt Agatha, Madame Astra, and Beauregard keep their names and roles from the board game in this novel, while the rest of the novel's character ...more
Lostinmylibrary
May 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Read this for NetGalley as an audiobook, so here's what I said there.
I was not the biggest fan of this book. Let me explain. After thinking on it a while, I found the best way for me to describe how the book felt for me.
You know those bad slasher movies that people only watch to see some cool death sequences? This is that in book form. The problem is that most people can sit down and watch an hour and a half long movie whereas this is a six hour audiobook (not including how long it would take
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Elli Lewis
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in return for an honest review.

Full Disclosure

This no-holds barred satire sees a cast of unabashedly dastardly characters compete to inherit the considerable estate of Agatha Benedict. There’s just one rule: Last one alive wins. So dress to impress and check your morals with the butler because it’s time to review Dead End Drive.

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It’s 1993 and we’re in Louisiana. That’s it. That’s all the standard book setting you get, because this war
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Heather Miller
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
The premise for this book is great - a bunch of people stuck together in a mansion while a storm rages outside, battling it out to be the last one standing and inherit the considerable estate. The story is full of violence, laced with humor, and all I can compare it to is The Hunger Games mixed with Clue mixed with a 90s slasher free-for-all.

The story? Good, good. Fine, fine. But the writing? That's the true horror here. Unnecessarily long descriptions of the rooms in the house. Too many charact
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