I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry
Length: 4 hours and 13 minutes
Published by Createspace Pages: 136
Narrator: Jake Urry
Buy on Amazon
Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred's Will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears...
What I thought of this book.
The Cryptic Lines was not an original story and there have been many different stories similar but it was still and interesting read.
Lord Alfred is aging and he is trying to decide what to do with his money. He has a son Mathew but he is a horrible son and so he decides to do a different sort of will. So when Lord Alfred dies the lawyer is summoned and a video is produced.
Charles the lawyer watches the video before letting Mathew see it so he knows what is going to be on it and is curious to see Mathews reaction. It seems that Lord Alfred has hidden a gem and in a poem holds the clues to where it’s hidden.
To Mathews surprise, he has competition, as it seems Lord Alfred has also challenged Charles to find the gem. May the best man win so to speak.
I had a feeling I knew how this story was going to go but it was still an interesting read and did have a few twist towards the end.
Mathew is a horrible person and if it wasn’t known before it is by the end of the story. Charles is a very nice person and the total opposite of Mathew and so you know you want to root for him. Though I think my favorite character was James the butler, he tries to warn Charles that Mathew is horrid.
Overall it was an interesting short listen that is worth trying.
Jake Urry is what really made this a good listen. It was my first time listening to him but he just had a great creepy sort of rustic voice (not sure how to describe it…lol) that is great for stories about old houses and mysteries. 4 stars for the narration!