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A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, 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 con-woman, 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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Avery is used to living the hard life. Cared for by her older sister since her mother dies, working as many hours as she can in a local diner and juggling achieving at school with staying invisible – Avery is shocked when she is invited to a will reading in Texas from a billionaire (Tobias Hawthorne) she has never met and she has no idea why. Neither do the family. And so it begins, the race to figure out why Avery has been chosen and solve the mystery.
This book is so much fun and uniquely entertaining and the plot is refreshingly different from anything I have seen. It made addictive reading and moved at such a fast pace. Once I began it was hard to stop.
Avery is a fabulous character and I love how intelligent and down to Earth she is throughout the whole book. She has no idea why she is part of the inheritance or what her link to Tobias is however there are various puzzles and clues leading her towards the answers they all desperately crave.
The Hawthorne brothers and Avery are such well-developed characters that balance and complement each other perfectly. Each one brings a different personality to the table and adds dimension to the plot with their banter. As with all good mysteries there’s a less savoury character but the identity is well hidden behind a plethora of twists, turns and misdirection.
The tension builds until the big reveal at the end, but I love that there is a sequel in the works, and I cannot wait to continue the story and find more answers. The mystery is very cleverly plotted and really draws the reader in. It’s almost like playing a game!
A very clever, YA mystery that is highly entertaining and a whole lot of fun.
Author Bio – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.
Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She’ll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.