The Test

Oceanview Publishing
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author

Renowned philanthropist and billionaire Paul Parnell had reached the pinnacle of monetary success, but not without cost. Had he put too much emphasis on work and spent too little time with his family? Determined to leave something far more valuable than money to his six children, Paul instructs his lawyers to create an unusual last will and testament. This unorthodox will, which stipulates that the lion's share of Paul's two billion dollar estate be given to the heirs who pass 'the test,' was Paul's last hope of creating an enduring legacy by inspiring his children to give back to society and embrace a code of moral values. The six children—Rory, Frank, Dan, Monica, Carla and Ashley—have only one year to make a difference. But what a difference one year will make. Before these six very different siblings can complete the test, they'll be forced to face their personal demons and the incredibly evil influence that could claim one of their own.

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About the author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Patricia Gussin has practiced medicine and has worked in medical research as worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare products company. She is a graduate of Aquinas College, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Columbia University Business School, and has an honorary degree from Duquesne University.Gussin’s first novel, Shadow of Death, was a finalist for Best First Novel by International Thriller Writers. Twisted Justice, The Test, And Then There Was One, Weapon of Choice, and After the Fall, winner of the Florida Book Award, followed. Come Home, Gussin’s seventh novel, won the 2017 Florida Book Award Gold Medal in Popular Fiction.She lives in Sarasota, Florida, and in Amagansett, New York, with her husband, Dr. Robert Gussin, and together they co-authored What’s Next...For You?
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Publisher
Oceanview Publishing
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Published on
Oct 5, 2009
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Pages
280
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ISBN
9781933515434
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Domestic
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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