The Oxford Inheritance: A Novel

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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?

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A native of Sussex, England, Ann A. McDonald studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Oxford University before working as a music journalist and entertainment critic. She is now a full-time novelist and screenwriter in Los Angeles, California.

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American Cassie Blackwell is a new student at Oxford University, but she is there for more than a first-tier education. Cassie is hiding a lot of secrets about who she is and how she got there. Mostly, the teen is hiding that her mother went to Oxford before she fled to America to have a baby. Her mother also went insane and killed herself when Cassie was 14. While digging to uncover her mother's past and find out her father's identity, Cassie also begins to unearth a dark secret held at the university itself. After her roommate commits suicide, the protagonist becomes embroiled in a greater mystery with complicated layers, including a secret society and centuries of power, intrigue, and murder that are all seemingly embedded within the very foundation of Raleigh College at Oxford. While trying to investigate and simultaneously manage the attentions of men who may not be all that they seem, Cassie discovers that the dark arts are playing a role in her life. The obvious holes in the plot of this gothic mystery and the ever increasing necessity to suspend disbelief are far outweighed by the gripping story line, magnetic characters, and wonderfully detailed description of student life at Oxford. VERDICT A solid choice for collections everywhere, especially those looking for page-turning thrillers with teen appeal.—Jake Pettit, Enka Schools, Istanbul

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