By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
An intriguing mystery with just the right amount of unexpected turns and drama is exactly what is within these pages.
Recommended Age Level: 13+
Duology (third book coming soon!)
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.
I enjoyed this book! The premise of the story was really intriguing to me, and even though I didn't end up loving a lot of the characters, I liked following their stories and learning more about them. Reading about the vastness of the mysteries that Tobias Hawthorne leaves behind was so much fun for me, and I would love to be able to investigate mysteries like these. I'm excited to read the sequels!
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