Book: The Lucky Ones
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Release date: 13 February 2018
Main characters: Allison Lamarque, the Capello family – Roland, Thora and Deacon – aka ‘the lucky ones’.
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.
Why you should read it: I was drawn into this book from the start. It’s Tiffany Reisz so I knew it wouldn’t be a wishy-washy thriller, with plot-holes you could drive through. I was intrigued from the first chapter, where we find out that Allison has a family. This story has it all – family secrets, creepy familial dynamics that will keep you guessing until the conclusion. Each chapter answered one question, then raised more and more mysteries. It was an intense and creepy read, but it was also full of comical moments too – Tiffany Reisz has a wicked sense of humour and it shone through in The Lucky Ones. I enjoyed the dynamic between Allison and Roland – how their relationship grew – it might be a bit too creepy for some people, but I don’t think it was unpalatable. There’s plenty of psychological drama going on too – I found it fascinating and chilling in equal measure.
What you might not like: The ‘family’ dynamic between the children may not be your cup of tea – but I think it was pretty understandable given the circumstances. These kids were waifs and strays that weren’t understood by their own families – the opportunities for socialising outside their circle would have been few. So it follows (in my opinion) that they’d form a unit amongst themselves, not letting in the outside world. Does Allison make the right decision in the end? That’s for you to decide…
Rating: 5/5 for another engaging and absorbing tale for Ms. Reisz. I really enjoy her books and especially the creepy ones! Check out The Headmaster and The Night Mark if you haven’t already, for similarly haunting tales.