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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This was really fun. Avery inherits a fortune – from a complete stranger and his family are far from happy.
There’s a puzzle to solve, and it’s upto Avery, and the Hawthorne boys, Grayson, Jameson, Xander and Nash, to help her solve it. Why did Tobias Hawthorne pick her to inherit almost everything?
Following a trail of clues around the Hawthorne estate, through secret passageways and the woods, will they solve the riddle or murder Avery?
I liked Avery, and felt a little sorry for her, as she attempts to adjust to suddenly being obscenely rich and having to live with people who hate her for existing. She’s still dealing with her mum’s death, her sister’s ex-boyfriend is a scumbag, her new schoolmates are awful (well, Thea is), there’s the dead girl everyone seems obsessed with and she can’t even get her best friend on the phone. It’s a lot.
The riddles and puzzles were fun, it reminded me of the Truly Devious books, and I love a mystery. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the next book and more puzzles.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.