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.

Genre: Fiction/YA

Number of Pages: 384 Pages 

Date of Publication: 03/09/2020


The author is Jennifer Lynn Barnes and the book has been published by Penguin Random House, Children’s UK.

Rating: 4.5/5


Do you ever ask the question, “How did I ever miss this book,” before?

I have no idea where I have been but if I knew how good and entertaining this book was I would have read it a long time ago. I actually only got the book because I saw its cover art and became slightly intrigued about it.

Let’s start with the writing.  The author sucks you straight into the book and its world and doesn’t let you come out until it has ended. From the very start you are in the story and follow every single character’s movements and words so you want to focus hard on the pages as you just don’t want to miss anything. There is lots of drama, adventure, mystery, riddles and puzzle solving elements which was amazing.  The characters are all perfectly described and given distinct well realised personalities that really feel natural in the story. 

Four brothers and heiress who will play a deadly game.

It was definitely a great YA book and I had to started reading the sequel as soon as I finished as I just can’t get enough of the series. So please forgive me but I need to go and keep reading the sequel 😉

Availability: The book is available in all good bookshops.

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