Don't miss this New York Times bestselling "impossible to put down" (Buzzfeed) novel with deadly stakes, thrilling twists, and juicy secrets--perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.
Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why -- or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.
To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House where every room bears the old man's touch -- and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a conwoman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.
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In Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ beguiling mystery, Avery Grambs suddenly becomes America’s richest teenager when she inherits a Texas billionaire’s entire fortune. But there’s a catch: The bewildered heiress must live in the magnate’s epic Hawthorne House for one year—and it’s no small feat to stay in the home of a master manipulator with a mysterious agenda and his own game to play. Full of captivating clues and genius red herrings, The Inheritance Games pulls us into a mansion riddled with secret passages and hidden traps. Barnes keeps us guessing alongside the quick-witted Avery, who must also contend with Hawthorne’s angry descendants, who are hiding a big secret and scheming to put her life in danger. If you enjoyed watching Knives Out, strap in for a deliciously paranoid thriller.
When high school junior Avery Grambs learns that the violent, domineering boyfriend of Libby, her half-sister and legal guardian, will be sharing their apartment, she moves into her car. Then Avery is summoned to attend the will reading of billionaire and complete stranger Tobias Hawthorne. Avery and Libby travel from Connecticut to Texas, where they are stunned to learn that Tobias left the bulk of his estate to Avery. To inherit, she must spend a year living in Tobias's labyrinthine mansion with his two furious daughters, who think she is a con-woman, and his four brilliant, hypercompetitive grandsons Nash, 25; Grayson, 19; Jameson, 18; and Xander, 16 who believe she is their puzzle-obsessed grandfather's final riddle. As Avery gets swept up in the boys' quest for answers, she starts to feel like she belongs until someone on the grounds tries to kill her. Tony trappings and a boldly drawn, predominantly white cast complement the delightfully soapy plot of this strong, Knives Out esque series opener from Barnes (Little White Lies). The denouement underwhelms, but an abundance of cryptic clues and tempestuous love triangles provides ample enjoyment. Ages 12 up. \n
Best book EVER
This book really just hit all my favorites in a book. Witty characters, great mystery with lots of questions to be answered, and an ending that leaves me wanting more. I have never had a book that gets all my wants done so perfectly. I haven’t been the same since it ended. Im reading more of Jennifer Lynn Barnes books to hold me down while I wait for the second book to come out on Tuesday.
Thrilling, but sometimes missing
Overall, it was a great read. Short chapters. Well designed characters. The twists and turns were always coming. The puzzle fit together well in the end. Still a couple threads left, but I think those were left for the sequel. What was missing was the actual love connections. This isn’t a romance novel, but romance was written in. However, it felt forced and kind of unnecessary at times. The story would have worked without it. I am excited and ready to read the sequel. I definitely recommend the book to anyone wanting a quick and easy mystery novel.
It’s a good short read
I’d recommend it to young readers looking for an exciting mystery.