The Heiress

A Novel

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Pub Date Jan 09 2024 | Archive Date Jan 23 2024


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A January Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Pick

"The reigning queen of the Gothic thriller." Entertainment Weekly


When Ruby McTavish Callahan Woodward Miller Kenmore dies, she’s not only North Carolina’s richest woman, she’s also its most notorious. The victim of a famous kidnapping as a child and a widow four times over, Ruby ruled the tiny town of Tavistock from Ashby House, her family’s estate high in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

But in the aftermath of her death, her adopted son, Camden, wants little to do with the house or the money—and even less to do with the surviving McTavishes. Instead, he rejects his inheritance, settling into a normal life as an English teacher in Colorado and marrying Jules, a woman just as eager to escape her own messy past.

Ten years later, his uncle’s death pulls Cam and Jules back into the family fold at Ashby House. Its views are just as stunning as ever, its rooms just as elegant, but the legacy of Ruby is inescapable.

And as Ashby House tightens its grip on Jules and Camden, questions about the infamous heiress come to light. Was there any truth to the persistent rumors following her disappearance as a girl? What really happened to those four husbands, who all died under mysterious circumstances? And why did she adopt Cam in the first place? Soon, Jules and Cam realize that an inheritance can entail far more than what’s written in a will––and that the bonds of family stretch far beyond the grave.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A January Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Pick

"The reigning queen of the Gothic thriller." Entertainment Weekly


When Ruby McTavish...

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Rachel Hawkins has created a lovely gothic tale with murder, mystery, and lots and lots of money. It was a tale interweaving multiple characters and showcasing them for their faults and flaws. She also was able to show that family doesn’t always mean what you think it does. I have enjoyed all of Hawkins novels, this one is no exception. I highly recommend The Heiress for anyone a fan of small towns, large estates, and backstabbing family.

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Absolutely stunning! I loved the writing style with the mix of past, present, newspaper clippings, letters and multiple POVs. This book grabbed my attention and never let it go. Very suspenseful and mysterious. Some of the secrets revealed in the end were quite unexpected.
Family drama, royalty, mystery and thriller all mixed together to form this amazon book.

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This book is awesome! The suspense and the secrets had me wanting to keep reading so that I could find out what really happened! I loved it! Rachel Hawkins does it again!

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Bravo!!!! A masterpiece of storytelling full of secrets and lies. Twists and turns from the three main characters, Ruby, Camden and Jules. Loved how the characters are speaking to us the reader directly. Reminiscent of film noir and classics like Jane Eyre and Rebecca. Please someone in Hollywood make this into a movie.

Thanks Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the chance to read in exchange for honest opinion.

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I Absolutely loved this book. By far my favorite from this author. It had quite a few twists that surprised me. I really liked the reference to The Villa which i really liked that book also. Rachel Hawkins is an auto buy author for me. Her books just keep getting better 5/5 stars for this one

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I don’t think I have ever finished a book so quickly. I couldn’t put it down and had to know what happened in the end. The Heiress is an enthralling masterpiece that masterfully weaves together elements of suspense and mystery, captivating readers from the very first page until the astonishing conclusion. With its well-crafted plot, richly developed characters, and an atmosphere drenched in intrigue, this book stands is a must read if you love the mystery genre.

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“Until that moment I had never realized that you could feel someone's voice like a touch.”

“"Promises are like piecrusts, made to be broken."

“You can put miles and mountains between you and home, but eventually home will call you back.”

My absolute favorite Rachel Hawkins book to date.

Told from three different POV’s Camden, Ruby, and Jules. A true “gothic” southern family drama. This story will keep you on your toes and guessing until the end. Many twists and turns in true Rachel form. I will say the beginning was a bit slow and weird for me, but once past a couple chapters I was hooked. I devoured this book!

Thank you for St. Martin’s Press and Netgally for the e arc! Publishing date is January 9th, 2024. A must read!

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Things you need to know about me:
1. I loveee a wealthy family drama
2. I love Rachel Hawkins’s writing

This binge-able novel has generational rumors, an estate where EVERYONE has something to hide, multiple timelines featuring a woman with an “unlucky”, haunting past that is writing letters to tell her story?! Trifecta!

This was RIGHT up my alley. I loved hearing Ruby’s story through letters and her sarcastic tone was endearing with such a strong voice. Is Ruby my favorite character I’ve read this year? Very possible…

As with the Villa, I found myself stopping to try to google some of the stories in this novel as if they were real.

Overall an absolute delight!

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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I am so thankful for this ARC! Rachel Hawkins has done it again. I fell in love with The Villa last year and have been so excited to read the latest! Scandals and family secrets permeate throughout. I love how the entire book is directed at the reader and from the main character’s point of view. Highly recommend! Great read!

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ebook version of The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins. In exchange, I'm providing a free and fair review. The author chose to have each main character tell their own story; it felt like each of them was talking to me personally. The "news articles" and letters from Ruby, interspersed throughout, provided much insight into this family. An infamous heiress and very complicated inheritance see left to her adopted son, Camden. In addition, I found that I never quite knew what the truth of this family was, with Hawkins leading me to devour this book in 24 hours. I was kept guessing through much of the book, except for the "letters" Ruby wrote to Cam, which gradually laid things out for him. Each character had their own demons that haunted them. Many of them came to light eventually, with a few remaining secret. Along the way, I found Hawkins dropping subtle hints about each character and their role in this sordid tale. But, I never quite put it all together until she revealed the details when the characters were ready to share therm. Many times, the descriptions that Hawkins provides through her writing, made me feel like I was right there with the characters. Taking in the beauty of Ashby House and the mystique surrounding it. What twisted secrets do each of these family members hold? I have given this book 5 stars. One of the best suspense novels I've read this year.

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