#BookReview: THE INHERITANCE GAMES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes @jenlynnbarnes @PenguinUKBooks

Publication: 3rd September 2020 – Penguin Books UK

An utterly addictive and twisty thriller, full of dark family secrets and deadly stakes. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

She came from nothing.

Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future.

Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why.

They had everything.

Now she must move into the mansion she’s inherited.

It’s filled with secrets and codes, and the old man’s surviving relatives – a family hell-bent on discovering why Avery got ‘their’ money.

Now there’s only one rule: winner takes all.

Soon she is caught in a deadly game that everyone in this strange family is playing.
But just how far will they go to keep their fortune.

AMAZON

WATERSTONES

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What would you do if you were told that one of richest man in America has left all his money to you?

Avery Grambs is a teenager living in her car. Her mother died two years earlier, her father is AWOL, and her stepsister lives with her abusive boyfriend. All Avery wants is getting a scholarship to a college and study something that will allow her to travel around the world. One day, she is informed that she’s been included in the will of billionaire Tobias Hawthorne. He is the ninth richest man in America, but Avery has no idea who he is or why he would mention her in his will. At the reading, she is is shocked to find out that Tobias Hawthorne has left most of his enormous fortune to her and, to benefit from it, she must live at least one year to Hawthorne Castle along with his family – two daughters and four handsome and mysterious grandsons – who, of course, is none too happy to have been left out of the inheritance. Why did Tobias leave everything to Avery? And can she trust the four Hawthorne brothers?

I really enjoyed The Inheritance Games. Avery Grambs is an excellent protagonist. A teenager who had to grow up too fast too soon, she is highly intelligent, strong and bold. She spends most of her time in the company of the Hawthorne brothers who are intriguing and engaging, each has a different personality and each is hiding something.

The story is addictive and fast-paced and I read it in two days. There are riddle and puzzles to solve, secrets to unveil, and love triangles to untangle. Initially, I was confused by the ending because it left me with many unresolved questions, but then I found out that The Inheritance Games is the first book in a series and I was thrilled. I can’t wait to see what happens next and I am really looking forward to book number 2!

A huge thank you to Penguin Random House Children’s for providing me with a copy of the novel.

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