Jennifer Lynn Barnes is another one of the authors I hold in high regard. I have yet to read a book of hers that I don’t immediately love. I have had the pleasure of meeting her several times and she is an absolute delight. That being said, her latest mystery thriller was nothing short of captivating. I adore who-dun-it mysteries, always hoping I’m smart enough to solve everything before the end of the story. Maybe one day.
This is the story of Avery, who finds herself named in the will of an eccentric billionaire that she has not ever heard of. Her life isn’t exactly going well as she’s trying to deal with the loss of her mother and the fact she is forced to live with her half sister. It seems this new found fortune came into Avery’s life at the right time. Or did it? Who is this billionaire and why name Avery in his will? Will she be able to survive the billionaire’s family who also feel they deserve all of the money? Can she figure out all of the puzzles and clues to get to the prize at the end?
Barnes is a mastermind (no pun intended) when it comes to writing thrillers. They are all so complex, brilliant, and just fun. This book was no different and I am sad I have to wait so long to find out what happens. Not only can Barnes spin one heck of a tale, she can write believable characters that sound like someone you would be friends with in real life. Avery’s character had one heck of a hand dealt to her, but it wasn’t unbelievable. She had her ups and downs, yet she was determined to pull herself out of her sorrows and get through everything. She really was brilliantly written.
The plot itself, with the puzzles, twists, and turns, the deceptions, the lies, the reveals… everything was genius. I wish I had one small drop of the creativity Barnes does. When she writes, I cannot turn the pages fast enough.
This was one of my highlight reads of the year and I hope everyone gives it a chance because it deserves more praise.