The Lucky Ones
by Tiffany Reisz
Expected publication: February 13th 2018 by Mira Books
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
In a Flutter: Pretty dark and twisty fun!
They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.
Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night–was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?
But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.
Worldbuilding: The mix of Louisville, Kentucky and Oregon by the ocean mix was very nice. The Dragon house was so very cool, full of dramatic history and secrets!
Characters: Allison is easy to love. She’s and English major, book lover, reciter of poems by heart, young, lonely, and with a broken heart. How could one not love her? She has this sweetness about her while also being snarky and very guarded, and she’s also gutsy and passionate – a heady mix, no doubt. I loved seeing her reconnect with her past and get an adult perspective on things.
I also loved Rolland, Thora, Deacon and his snark was the best. And Dr. Capello was certainly a very interesting enigma. Awesome cast of characters, very nuanced and layered the more the story progressed. I did get a creepy feeling about the whole thing, and mostly Dr. Capello for some reason.
Plot: The romance arc is a teensy bit taboo, with the whole almost-adoptive-siblings romance. But it wasn’t too stepbrother romance flavored, which kept things a bit edgy but not over the top. The mystery of her childhood fall down the stairs was very engaging and her personal investigation is exciting and tense; as she uncovers secrets that seem to get darker and darker as she keeps at them.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, her POV. I loved her voice, because she had a great sense of humor.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my suspenseful moods.
I recommend The Lucky Ones to fans of dark contemporary spins on the Daddy Long Legs type of stories. It has fabulous snark, engaging banter all around, dark and twisty secrets, cool and nicely developed characters, and a pretty kickass ending.
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