Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Inheritance Games#1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 4.5 stars
I left reading mystery/thriller books because I could always predict the endings (consequences of having read all Enid Blyton and Sidney Sheldon books) but thanks to Diya @mindnmirage recommendation, I picked up this book. And I kid you not guys, I finished this book in less than five hours.
If I say this book was delightful, it would be an understatement.
The story starts with Avery Grambs in a high school, and she is struggling with her life – sleeping in her car at night, taking showers at the gym, and juggling a side job as waitress to pay the rent. To make matters worse, her step-sister has an abusive boyfriend who makes life unbearable. But wait. This is not a high school story where a love interest comes barreling in and saves the day.
Her fortune suddenly changes, when a millionaire leaves all his fortune to her instead of his well-loved four grandsons. And thus begins a very dangerous thrilling game as Avery flies to receive her inheritance.
The setting soon shifts to The Hawthorne House – a house filled with hidden passageways, secrets tunnels, multiple libraries, riddles etched anywhere and everywhere. A house of secrets. But unfortunately for her, along with the house comes angry relatives, indignant daughters, and yes, hoards of paparazzi but most importantly – the four dangerous magnetic brilliant grandsons.
I am not going to lie that I didn’t see the plot twist coming. I did. But this story was written so epicly that I threw my phone across the bed. The story, the characters, the cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, the riddles, the anticipation, the guessing, the thrill – this book was absolutely immaculate. And just go. Read this.
This was an absolute page-turner and and huge thanks to Diya @mindnmirage once again for bearing with me when I finished this book and totally spammed her chat.
The pacing picked up from the first page itself, so you don’t have to wait for anything. The side characters were terribly flawed and I hated them. They were cunning, rude, malicious – but they were so wonderfully fleshed out. There is certainly romance and it is most definitely not fluffy or cute. It is dangerous and there was just so much chemistry. And there was a love triangle and I despise love triangles, which is one of the reasons why it is not a full five stars, but it was very nicely and uniquely done and thankfully, was not annoying. (I even have biases now hehe). The characters were fun to follow. They were smart, confident, and each one memorable in it’s own way and -okay, I am fangirling at this point. But this book was hella scary. It’s going to be a whirlwind, but before you go, here is one riddle to get you started with –
if yes was no and once was never, then how many sides does the triangle have?
This book is also pitched as Knives Out meets One of us is Lying, both of which I have no idea about. But I am low-key interested to check it out.
favorite lines ’cause why not
“Everything’s a game, Avery Grambs. The only thing we get to decide in this life is if we paly to win.”
“Simple is a lie,” the woman murmured. “But a beautiful one sometimes.”
“Why do I have to tell a story?” I asked. “Because if you don’t tell the story, someone else will.”
Adrenaline. Euphoria. Fear.
“What fun is it, playing by other people’s rules?”
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Know more: Goodreads
Content Warnings: parent death, death, violence, grief, anxiety, drug abuse, alcohol usage