Wednesday, 1 July 2009

The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones

From Amazon: Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither twin can remember which act of attempted murder came first. But whoever struck first, trying to take each other's lives is simply what they do. Until one day a lawyer arrives at their house to take stock of its contents, and his accompanying son attracts their attention. Soon a new battle evolves - one in which the twins have to work together to solve the mystery of their parents' deaths. Can Lorelli and Ovid overcome their old animosities, and will they ever get to finish that game of chess?

The Thornthwaite Inheritance is a fun book that I really enjoyed. I think it's aimed at younger teens, though it's one that I'd still recommend to older readers.

Twins Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite have been trying to kill each other for years, and their innovative plans and schemes had me laughing out loud. From dangerous beds to poisonous food and drink, every angle is thoroughly covered. They're extremely clever for their age, which leads to some hilariously complicated murder attempts that even the best chemistry student would have trouble with. It soon becomes clear that someone other than themselves is trying to send them to an early grave, and I liked how they ended up working as a team, and put their own games aside in order to stay alive. When someone else is trying to kill you, you need your family on your side!

By combining bizarre characters, odd settings and more murder mysteries than I thought possible in one book, Gareth P. Jones has created a unique story that is anything but ordinary. The Thornthwaite Inheritance takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level, and does so with humour and a plot that is clever and entertaining. I don't know if this is a series, but I hope it is. I'm dying to go back to Thornthwaite Manor!

12 comments:

Fantastic Book Review said...

Great review! This sounds like a fun read.

Chicklish said...

It sounds brilliant! Thanks for the great review.

Kate said...

Excellent review! For some reason this really reminds me of A Series of Unfortunate Events. It might be the youn children, murder and cool art work. Anyhow, this sounds like a great read :)

Kristen said...

Great review, I can't wait to read this one, it sounds like a hoot!

Sassy CC said...

This book looks good and the cover is pretty, thanks for the review.

Seahn

Carrie said...

This looks awesome and I love the cover. Can't wait to check it out. Always looking for books for slightly younger kids.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! This sounds really good and the cover is very cool.

H said...

That cover looks so fun.

Jess said...

This looks like a fun read -- I absolutely love the cover, thanks for the review.

perla said...

Thanks for the introduction, sounds cool!

Laina said...

The cover reminds me of this other series that I loved... umm, can't remember the name, but there's a monster of some kind, a magical nanny, and a gangster in a pink bunny suit in one book.

Anonymous said...

i have read this book and it is AMAZING !!!! ROCK ON :D