Inheritance Games
by Barnes, Jennifer Lynn

Don't miss this New York Times bestselling "impossible to put down" (Buzzfeed) novel with deadly stakes, thrilling twists, and juicy secrets-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 conwoman, 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.

<b>Jennifer Lynn Barnes</b> is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of more than twenty acclaimed young adult novels, including <i>Little White Lies, Deadly Little Scandals, The Lovely and the Lost,</i> and The Naturals series: <i>The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood</i>, and the e-novella, <i>Twelve</i>. Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. You can find her online at or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

Avery Grambs is used to maximizing her options. Her mom's dead and her dad's out of the picture, but she and her optimistic-despite-everything half sister scrape by. When Avery is summoned to the reading of Texas billionaire Tobias Hawthorne's will, she's utterly perplexed; she never even met the man. She's even more bewildered to learn that he left almost his entire estate not to his daughters or grandsons but to her, with one condition: Avery must move into Hawthorne House, a giant mansion filled with puzzles, secret passages, and Tobias' deeply irked actual family, for a year. As she delves into the mysteries of the house, Avery also becomes caught up with the four Hawthorne brothers, all raised on secrets, each with his own deeply held motivation. The seemingly indefatigable Barnes (Deadly Little Scandals, 2019) digs into the teen psyche in this well-characterized mystery that's packed to the brim with twists and tricks. Hand immediately to teen fans of Knives Out or readers who love Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious series. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

A teen must solve a multilayered puzzle to find out why she's the recipient of a billionaire's inheritance. One day Avery-with her mother dead, her father missing for years, and her guardian half sister on the rebound with her abusive boyfriend-is living out of her car. The very next day she is on a plane to Hawthorne House, a mansion in Texas, where she discovers she's the beneficiary of billionaire Tobias Hawthorne's fortune. She must, however, abide by one condition: living for a full year with the snubbed Hawthorne family-a family that includes the billionaire's four grandsons, young adult brothers who share a mother but have different fathers. This whirlwind story gains even more intensity when Avery learns that Hawthorne was a master of games and manipulation. To understand her role in the billionaire's final game and why she's the recipient of his inheritance, she must piece together clues left in his massive estate filled with hidden chambers. Short, snappy chapters supply nonstop momentum with red herrings, more family secrets, and even attempts on her li fe. To help her solve the riddles, Avery must turn to the Hawthorne brothers even if there's some romantic interest at play-and even if they're the ones who want her dead. The main characters are White; one brown-skinned Hawthorne brother describes himself as multiracial. Part The Westing Game, part We Were Liars, completely entertaining. (Mystery. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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