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The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones
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Genre: children, mystery
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?
First of all, I love the cover, it captures the twin's relationship quite precisely. It also sets the mood of the whole book. It's a gloomy story with dark (very British) sense of humour. Also, the setting supports nicely the gothic atmosphere. English countryside, manor, creepy village and scary villagers.
It starts as a simple "I want to kill my twin" story, but it evolves into something more intricate. But don't expect a huge and complex story. This is a fun and quick read that will make you laugh and give you goose bumps at the same time!