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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published By: Penguin
Released: 3rd September 2020
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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?
Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, death, attempted murder.
As you may know, I love a good mystery and as soon as I heard about The Inheritance Games I knew I had to read it. It sounded like the perfect read for me and as soon as my copy arrived I dove straight in and well the rest is history. I was immersed in this incredible world of intrigue and riddles.
The Inheritance Games follows Avery, a teenager who is just trying to keep her head down and work towards a better future for herself. That all changes when one day she finds out an eccentric billionaire has died and she has inherited his fortune, and no one, not even Avery knows why. She moves into the mansion that is now hers and she soon finds out that it’s filled with secrets and the man’s surviving relatives who are set on finding out why Avery got what should be theirs. Avery is soon caught up in a life-threatening game that the whole family is playing, and must save herself.
This was honestly one of the best-plotted mysteries I have read in a long while, and as soon as I picked it up I was engrossed and found it hard to put down. You are instantly sucked into this world of wealth, luxury and selfishness and its addicting to say the least. The whole narrative of the story is written in a way that leaves you guessing, and I for one couldn’t think of a single theory whilst reading, as the twists and turns were so close together. Usually, with a mystery I find myself at least guessing something, and being right, but with The Inheritance Games I just couldn’t do that, and it was a little bit frustrating but I was glad in a way as it left me shocked come to the end.
Plot-wise I thoroughly enjoyed going along with Avery as she tried to uncover the mystery of why she had inherited this fortune and like I’ve previously mentioned I couldn’t think up a single theory as to why. The way the mystery is planned through riddles and clues brought something unique to the story and I did find myself trying to solve some of them myself. Also, the way that Avery tries to solve it with the help of the Hawthorne brothers, despite them resenting her, is admirable. I found it to be quite uplifting how they wanted to help despite her having what should have been theirs.
Avery as a character was one that I connected with straight away, and I found that you really do get into her innermost thoughts. Going from a normal hard-working teenager to an heiress overnight would be overwhelming for anyone, and this was the case with Avery. She didn’t let it go to her head and she was still the same girl as she was before inheriting the fortune. Her relationships with Jameson and Grayson Hawthorne were ones that I found rather intriguing, and there is a slight enemies to lovers trope there, but I didn’t mind that and it didn’t overshadow the overall plot. I have a feeling that as the series progresses we’re going to see a love triangle form.
The Inheritance Games was a gripping, electrifying mystery that had me entranced. The way the story ends is frustrating and leaves you wanting more and I will now be impatiently waiting for book two next year.