As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I needed it in my life. The entire concept is just superb and I love a good mystery. Fortunately, the amazing people at Penguin sent me an ARC in exchange for an honest review and The Write Reads allowed me to participate in the blog tour!
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?
TW: grief, death, abuse
The Inheritance Games is layer upon layer of puzzles and secrets disguised as a YA mystery. It’s incredibly tightly plotted, twisty and a throughly good read.
It’s no secret that I am a huge mystery aficionado, often getting myself lost in an excellent thriller. Initially I was drawn in by the comparisons to Knives Out and I must say that those hints are true, with this story giving off similar vibes whilst also being wholly original and unforgettable.The Inheritance Games stands out from the pack as one the best plotted mysteries I’ve read. Everything is carefully laid out; breadcrumbs on the trail that we’re sure to follow in the sequel. It lays the groundwork for an even bigger tale, while also delving into grief, privilege and how far people will go in order to preserve their heritage.
The writing style just flows so well, allowing you to completely get lost in the various games and nefarious schemes. There’s multiple complex relationships, each with their own fraught dynamics and intrigue behind them. Little is given to you easily, forcing you to become heavily invested in the story and put your brain to work trying to crack the puzzles. At the end of the day, people are the most complex puzzles available and it’s fascinating to examine the different psyche of the characters. They’re often defined by their past and the role that they’re expected to play, leaving lots of room for character growth and development.
Also, your expectations will be expertly manipulated and subverted. You can’t always trust what you read as there is often a double meaning or riddle hiding in plain sight. Reading The Inheritance Games is akin to trying to find your way out of a maze. There’s just riddles upon riddles thrown at you, as well as the central mystery threads. Plenty is left open, with an explosive ending that left me demanding the sequel.
The Inheritance Games is a meticulously plotted mystery that will keep you constantly on your toes.
Thank you again to Penguin for the ARC, The Write Reads for including me and make sure you check out the rest of the amazing tour posts!
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