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Friday, February 9, 2018

A Dark Suspense with Twists and Turns: The Lucky Ones (Review)

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 eldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison knows 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 learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.
The Lucky Ones
Tiffany Reisz
Pub Date: 2/13/18
MIRA
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 5/5
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Tiffany Reisz has created a wonderfully dark, suspenseful read. The Lucky Ones takes readers inside an old family home, known as The Dragon, as its residents prepare to say goodbye to their adoptive father.

Dr. Capello, neurosurgeon and philanthropist, opened his home to foster unwanted children with behavioral issues. Allison was offered a place at The Dragon when she was seven years old and couldn't adjust in the home where she was placed after her mother died. However, before she could become his fourth adopted child, she was pushed down the stairs and sent to live with her elderly aunt. 13 years later, Roland Capello, asks her to return in order to say goodbye to their father. Along with the happy memories that come rushing back is the reminder that someone tried to kill her. With trepidation, Allison returns to the only place she ever felt at home and loved. The feeling of belonging and memories she had forgotten about that fateful day keep her at The Dragon to finally get answers.

The Lucky Ones is completely original and consuming. The plot drew me in with the promise of a mystery and satisfied me with unconventional romance and a few surprise twists. Allison is an underdog character determined to regain some sense of happiness in her life. I loved reading her story because it's imaginative and thrilling. Her relationship with her former foster siblings provides a bubble of light humor against the darkness of the rest of the story. As Allison navigates her past she discovers more than her fair share of dangerous secrets. Every turn in the novel is fueled by suspense and feels like tragedy waiting to strike.

By the end of the novel I had so many feels I had to take a moment to soak it all in! This is a story I can read a thousand times and never get over. The Lucky Ones is a fast-paced suspense that will keep you on your toes to the very end!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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