The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1)

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

An utterly addictive and twisty thriller, full of dark family secrets and deadly stakes. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

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?

'A fantastic rollercoaster of a book! We Were Liars meets The Da Vinci Code. I loved it!' Kat Ellis, author of Harrow Lake

'A thrilling blend of family secrets, illicit romance and a high-stakes treasure hunt . . . The nonstop twists kept me guessing until the very last page!' Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of American Royals

'One of YA's more reliably twisty and brilliant thriller authors is back with a brand new series that's every bit as impossible to put down as her others' Buzzfeed

Reviewed by kiracanread on

2 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children's UK for an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

I found The Inheritance Games incredibly tedious to read, I didn't feel as though I could relate to any of the characters, or that any of the characters were actually appealing. The Inheritance Games was an interesting concept, although it felt ridiculously far-fetched and nothing interesting actually happened until the last 25% unfortunately.

This book is "Perfect for fans of Riverdale and Knives Out" according to reviewers, the only similarities I can find with Knives Out are an inheritance is left to someone - although under very different circumstances to Knives Out and the comparisons with Riverdale are how completely nonsensical the storyline is.

To be honest, I just didn't enjoy this book, I didn't feel engaged and there were multiple times when I thought I was going to have to just stop reading it because I wasn't interested - but I pushed through just to see how this book would end, which was also disappointing, there were answers but the answers were bland and disappointing, there was no REAL mystery in this book in my opinion and I don't see how this book can have a sequel/sequels in the future.

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