Murderous twins await fortune

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 September, 2009, 12:00am

The Thornthwaite Inheritance
Gareth P Jones
Published by Bloomsbury
ISBN 9780747599821

Lorelli and Ovid Thornthwaite are not like other 13-year-old children - they are obsessed with murder. And they mostly want to kill each other.

They have been trying to kill each other almost from the day they were born, but neither could tell you exactly when it all started. When all the twins' murderous attempts to do away with each other fail, on their 13th birthday they agree to a truce.

After their mother kills their father and then herself, the Thornthwaite twins inherit Thornthwaite Manor and the fortune that comes with it. But the family fortune is in trust until the Thornthwaite teens turn 16.

But then they discover a clause has been added to the parents' will, stating that if either twin dies before the age of 16, the other will be cut out of the will.

One day, the family lawyer arrives at the manor to make an inventory of the house's contents to calculate the exact inheritance. Mr Brunswick brings his strange son with him to stay in the Thornthwaite mansion and it is soon evident that the newcomers have secrets of their own.

So begins The Thornthwaite Inheritance, a twisted tale of a crooked lawyer, a swarm of killer bees, a never-ending game of chess and chilling secrets by the cartload. Can Ovid and Lorelli finally discover the truth about their parents' deaths and protect their fortune?