- Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: William Morrow (23. Februar 2016)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062203673
- ISBN-13: 978-0062203670
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,8 x 22,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.572.550 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Oxford Inheritance: A Novel (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 23. Februar 2016
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“A gothic tale with modern accents...Scary and good fun.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A dark tale of suspense and mystery with gothic overtones, this book is creepy and addictive.” (Gilly Macmillan, author of What She Knew)
“A late-into-the-night read that had me double-checking my locks before bed, The Oxford Inheritance is spine-chillingly good fun: wicked, witty, and impossible to put down.” (Elizabeth Little, author of Dear Daughter)
At prestigious Oxford University, an American student searches for the truth about her mother’s death in this eerie, suspenseful thriller that blends money, murder, and black magic.
You can’t keep it from her forever. She needs to know the truth.
Cassandra Blackwell arrives in Oxford with one mission: to uncover the truth about her mother’s dark past. Raised in America, with no idea that her mother had ever studied at the famed college, a mysterious package now sends her across the ocean, determined to unravel the secrets that her mother took to her grave. Plunged into the glamorous, secretive life of Raleigh College, Cassie finds a world like no other: a world of ancient tradition, privilege—and murder.
Beneath the hallowed halls of this storied university there is a mysterious force at work . . . A dark society that is shaping our world, and will stop at nothing to keep its grip on power. Cassie might be the only one who can stop them—but at what cost?Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Evie, Cassie’s new roommate, is researching the secret societies of the college, the School of Night. When Evie introduces her to Olivia and Hugo Mandeville, his dark gaze makes Cassie uneasy. With the help of Elliot, who works in the school library vaults, Cassie learns her mother’s real name is Margaret Joanna Madison and she left Oxford five months before Cassie’s birth.
When Evie commits suicide, Cassie learns that her roommate isn’t the first to do so. Her mother’s best friend, who wrote a paper about the School of Night, also committed suicide. And oddly enough, Evie’s copy of the secret society paper has been stolen. With the help of Police Constable Charles Day, Cassie learns that the school had a rash of suicides every quarter century, going back to the nineteenth century. Did those deaths have something to do with her mother running away to the States? Who is Cassie’s father? Was he a member of the School of Night? Did the secret society have anything to do with the many deaths?
Cassie, though flawed, is a great protagonist, one who has courage in the face of oppression. Constable Charley and Hugo provide a slight romantic interest, and no doubt Ann McDonald’s personal experience at Oxford led to the setting’s realism. The Oxford Inheritance is a darkly mesmerizing novel, with a mystery so intense that it took me on a frantic and satisfying ride.
I received a free advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to grant it a favorable review. My full review can be found at MyShelf.com.
THE OXFORD INHERITANCE was a pretty interesting mystery/suspense story taking place in a college at Oxford. It contains everything you'd expect in a mystery from a mysterious family tree, creepy secret societies, and unexplained murders. I enjoyed getting a history lesson about the college that Cassie gets as she learns more about Oxford's colleges and lives though I did feel like it dragged a bit. I kept waiting for a murder to happen and my wish was granted. Around the time Cassie figures out some shocking things about her family, the murders start happening and the secret society ruling the college is unveiled.
I was a bit confused about the whole start of the secret society which is in part because it's a secret society so obviously the origins would be hazy. The bigger issue I had was how their powers worked and where they came from. This power origin (a demon?), which is really the only paranormal aspect in the book could have actually been taken out and we would have been given a rather nice mystery/suspense story that includes some commentary on the British class system. As I was waiting for the plot to pick up, I was waiting for the paranormal part to happen and when it did, it was kind of underwhelming as I really didn't 'get' what the power was that powered the secret society.
The the plot and characters in THE OXFORD INHERITANCE were solidly written and save for a few issues with pacing and lack of really good paranormal aspects I enjoyed reading it. If you like a classic mystery and touches of gothic elements then this is a great story to spend some time with.