Author: Olivia Mayfield
Originally released as a series of six novellas, The Inheritance has now been released as a full novel. I did not read the story in the novella format and this review is for the full novel only. The premise piqued my interest, but the suspense/mystery was overwhelmed by the romance in some ways.
I was intrigued by this detective suspense story to only find out that it is set within a romance. The story of Andrew and Maggie is compelling. Two long lost high school sweethearts who are reconnected by an odd will that pits them against each other to win the large inheritance. The nature of Andrew and Maggie’s previous breakup is just as mysterious for Maggie as the new found attraction she has for Andrew. And the romance is passionate and steamy.
The entire story is told from Maggie’s point of view, giving us her fears, her desires, and her thoughts as she puzzles through the mystery of her sister’s disappearance and her romantic tangles. At times though, I felt that the language and Maggie’s musing were a little overly flowery in compared to the grittiness of the mystery. The nature of her sister’s disappearance and the clues found along the way paint a disturbing and tragic picture. Coupled with the violent ways someone is using to keep Maggie from uncovering the truth, her romantic interludes were a little odd. Her rambled musings were at times disruptive to the overall flow of the detective drama and I found myself occasionally skimming it to get on to the drama.
Although it was fairly easy to see who the main culprit(s) are in the disappearance of Cassandra (Maggie’s sister), the actual events leading up to her demise were not as easy to discern. It was disturbing to know what befell Cassandra and the people involved. However, the absolute horror of the revealing is tempered by the conclusion of Maggie and Andrew’s romance. The book ends with a happy ending, for the most part, for Maggie and Andrew. I liked how the author ended on something hopeful rather than the despair that is left in the wake of the mystery’s reveal. The romance does play a nice part in trying to balance out the horrific nature of the mystery, even though it does seem to bias the story’s balance.
The Inheritance is a good quick read to take on vacation or poolside. It is enjoyable standalone romantic suspense novel to waste a day away. Although I feel that the romance over shadows the mystery at times, overall it is good story with passion and suspense.
Maggie Willings knew that returning home for her estranged grandfather’s funeral would not be easy, but she never expected the reading of his will to be the most difficult part. It turns out her grandfather named four people beneficiaries to his vast estate—Maggie, her brother Robert, her ex-boyfriend Andrew, and her grandfather’s far-too-young girlfriend Bethany. But only one of them will win his millions: whoever finds out the truth about what happened to Maggie’s younger sister Cassandra, who vanished over eight years ago.
As her grandfather’s strange challenge pits Maggie against those nearest to her, she’s reluctant to drag up painful memories of her sister and distracted by a lingering attraction to Andrew. But as she delves deeper into her sister’s mysterious vanishing, she begins to discover that each of the contestants has dangerous secrets to hide—and with ten million dollars on the line, no one, not even those she loves most, can be trusted…
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Intermix
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley