Book Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Book Review: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn BarnesThe Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Inheritance Games #1
Genre: Mystery
Release Date: 3rd September 2020
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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?

I’ve missed Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ writing. We got off to a rocky start with her paranormal books, but as soon as she switched to writing mystery and thriller books I knew that she was going to be an author that I love.

The Inheritance Games is about a poor girl called Avery who inherits billions from a stranger, but she also has to play a game. The book is fast paced and a complete page turner from start to finish. I read it in just a couple of days, and I could barely put it down.

I looove rags to riches stories, especially when it’s a surprise or a gift, so that was the first trope that ticked the box for me. I also love puzzles and games, so that’s another one!

I don’t think the relationships in this book are very strong, but since it’s the first in a series I’ll probably find a ship to get behind eventually. I just think all the guys had way too much baggage and Avery had too much going on with her windfall and the puzzles to really focus on relationships. That isn’t to say that there weren’t some cute-ish scenes that readers will enjoy though.

I got such VIBES from this book. It reminded me a lot of The Lying Game and Pretty Little Liars, and also a smidge of Truly Devious (the first book, not the rest of the series because those books went downhill FAST). If you like any of those books, then I think you’ll love this. And yes, the comparisons to Knives Out are accurate. I’d highly recommend The Inheritance Games, in case that wasn’t obvious!

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