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The Heiress - an engaging, gothic thriller filled with lots of twists and turns.

Infamous heiress Ruby McTavish was the owner of Ashby House in North Carolina. When she died, she left it all to Camden, her adopted son. Ruby had survived all of her four husbands, each dying mysteriously. Yet the most intriguing part of Ruby's life was that she survived a kidnapping as a child. Ten years after Ruby's death, Camden ("Cam") is happily married to Jules and has stayed away from Ashby House. He has not spent any of his inheritance on himself. But Ashby House, where his aunt and cousins live, is in need of repair and Cam is asked to come home to review Ruby's will and help address the house's condition. Jules, who is privately very excited that they are owners of a grand estate, encourages a visit to Ashby House. She is hopeful that they might end up living there. But she's in for a bit of an awakening. Between dealing with the deteriorating house and Cam's dreadful relatives, Ruby's true story starts to emerge.

In The Heiress, Rachel Hawkins has created the ideal gothic setting for her latest mystery thriller. The story is told from Cam and Jules' points of view and through a series of amusing letters written by Ruby, which provide details on her life, including her multiple marriages. It's a clever and twisty tale where the surprises keep coming. It's a fast-paced, satisfying read.

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read The Heiress in advance of its publication.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Mystery Thriller.

Publication Date: January 9, 2024.

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