Review: The Inheritance by Olivia Mayfield - Part 1: The Will

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. The four people named in the will—Maggie, her brother Robert, her ex-boyfriend Andrew, and her grandfather’s far-too-young girlfriend Bethany—are given a challenge: find out the truth about what happened to Maggie’s younger sister Cassandra, who vanished over eight years ago, and win the entirety of the estate.

Maggie is thrown by the strange request, reluctant to drag up painful memories of her sister’s disappearance, and bothered by her lingering attraction to Andrew, who wants to team up to solve the mystery. But there are ten million dollars on the line and Maggie has no idea where to start—or who she’ll be able to trust.

Cassandra Willings disappeared from a party eight years ago. Neither PI’s nor the police could ever find out where she went or what her fate was but apparently her grandfather thinks that her friends and family CAN find out.

Maggie Willings, her brother Robert, her ex-boyfriend Andrew and her grandfather’s girlfriend Bethany (who used to be Maggie’s best friend) are all present at the reading of Maggie’s grandfather’s will. They are all tasked in finding out what happened to Cassandra. Whoever finds out what really happened gets the man’s money – which totals in the millions. If none of them find out what happened to her the money goes to charity.

Now Maggie has nothing against charity and she doesn’t come off as a money grubbing woman but she’d really like to keep the money in her family and out of the hands of Bethany. When Maggie hears the terms of the will she’s confused but hurt as well. She sure her grandfather knew that bringing up the details of Cassandra’s disappearance would wreak havoc on not only her emotions but those of her parents as well but apparently that was put by the wayside. Maggie asks Robert if he’d like to work together but he refuses. Maggie decides that she’s going to do her best to find out what happened but she’s not holding out too much hope for a answer.

This is the first story in a serial having to do with finding Cassandra and in the end getting The Inheritance. I’m not sure what I expected from this story but I did expect more of a hook. I guess since it’s the first book I wanted there to be something that had me clamoring for more and unfortunately that didn’t happen. The story was told and some things were interesting about it but nothing jumped out at me to say, “you want to read more of me, don’t you?” I will read the next part of the serial to see if things pick up. I’ve already got a good idea of someone who’s involved and I want to see if my thought pans out at all. Hopefully part 2 will be more eventful.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Olivia Mayfield

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