Review: The Oxford Inheritance: A Novel by A.A. McDonald

February 25, 2016 Review 0

Review:  The Oxford Inheritance: A Novel by A.A. McDonaldThe Oxford Inheritance Published by William Morrow on February 23, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 336 pages
Source: Edelweiss, Publicity Agency
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

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?

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.


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