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After reading some fairly heavy historical tomes by writers such as Ken Follett and Henry Kissinger, I looked for a lighter mystery theme. The author jumps around with dates between the beginning of the protagonists life to present day. Lucky is painted as a very bright and determined girl and yet hopelessly gullible. The two time zones eventually merge and good triumphs over evil.
I loved Lucky! At just 232 pages it was easy to binge in less than a day, and that is exactly what I did. It was hard to stop singing Lucky by Britney Spears the whole time though 🎶
I can absolutely see why this as picked as Reece’s December book, it was fun, addictive and really easy to read. Although Lucky has done some pretty bad things in her life, it is hard not to love her. She is a con artist and grifter, yet that is the only life she has ever known. Her father, now in prison, taught her how to survive and they led a life in the run. Only Lucky has a conscience. Sh discovers that she has the winning lottery ticket in her possession, but she is wanted by the law for various offences and can’t risk cashing it in.
Told in dual timelines, we learn about how she grew up with a father who was always looking for the next mark, and we see her struggle with hiding from the law and trying to turn her life around.
I just finished the audio of this book and really loved it, it was only my second time listening to a book and it was a great week of squeezing in reading in my car while I couldn’t sit down and have any proper quality reading time.
This book was like 2 stories side by side leading to one great ending, there was Lucky as she was a child and seeing her grow up, then there was Lucky as an adult going through a really difficult time in her life. Even though it went back and fourth it was really easy to keep up with the storyline’s.
The book definitely was full of suspense and had a storyline that will keep you turning the pages. I really enjoyed Lucky as a person, even though she wasn’t the most honest of people, she will really pull at your heart strings. She lived quite the colourful life.
Great read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
I can understand why this was a Reece book club pick.
Synopsis - Lucky is a con artist, like her father. She’s a product of her upbringing. What if you had the winning lottery ticket that would change your life forever, but couldn’t cash it in? Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life , with a new identity - when things go sideways.
Review - This was a wonderful, engaging read from start to finish. With it’s original and intriguing premise, I was totally invested in Lucky’s journey and how events would unfold.
At only 234 pages, it was a quick and compelling read. Told in duel timelines, (which I love) from our protagonist Lucky, we get a sense of who she is and more importantly why. My heart broke for her many times over. I loved the glimpses into her childhood and how she felt living with con artist father and with the consequences of that lifestyle.
It’s a well written, plot driven, entertaining and unputdownable book! I adored Lucky, she’s strong, feisty, smart and vulnerable and I found myself championing her the whole way.
Overall, a perfectly paced, clever and satisfying read, one that I highly recommend.
Many thanks to the wonderful team at @hachette for this #gifted copy. 🙏🥰
I came across Marissa recently through her festive co-written title under pen name Maggie Knox - The Holiday Swap. All last year I tried to keep up with the books in Reese Witherspoon’s book club and Marissa is the author of Lucky, the December choice. I enjoyed the writing in The Holiday Swap and found I took to the writing in Lucky just as easily.
The story follows our main character Lucky, daughter of a con artist turned con artist herself. She’s on the run and planning to get safely to somewhere with lax extradition rules.
The story is a time flip between the present - set in 2008 - and the past following Lucky as she grows up working with her Father, and her life after his arrest. In the scenes narrating the past, I found there was a bit of a lull when I lost interest however as the present is interspersed frequently throughout my interested remained.
Lucky finds out more about herself as the story unfolds including finding out her mother’s identity and reaching a form of redemption. I felt that the end of the book all happened very quickly and all of a sudden I was on the last page. I feel like there could have been a bit more focus on the end, given the detail of how Lucky came to be in the position we first meet her in.
The blurb really doesn’t do this book justice as there is so much more to it. Yes Lucky is a con artist but all she really wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t involve swindling people out of money. But when everyone in her life is on the take that seems like an impossible dream.
With an abandoned baby found on a church doorstep by a nun there is a subplot running parallel that could blow the biggest scam of all wide open.
I really liked Lucky as a protagonist, she is smart, resourceful and has a lot of goodness for a criminal on the run. The real baddies were unlikeable, convincing and some not quite as rehabilitated as they have made out.
This was such a fun read and my only quibble is that I had pretty much figured it all out and very early on. No twists and no surprises but I loved Lucky as a character so much it really didn’t matter in the big scheme of things. I suppose I just wanted to be conned a little as a reader like one of their marks.
When I say this book is out of my comfort zone, I mean it's not the usual crime I would read. Normally the crime novels I pick up involve following the detective team as they catch a killer, or thereabouts, whereas here we follow Lucky, a criminal herself, as she deals with the much worse criminals she stumbles across in her life!
The book takes place across a dual timeline - Following Lucky during her present-day adventures, avoiding capture and clinging desperately to her winning lottery ticket, and jumping back in time to her childhood and unveiling how her father taught her how to run scams to the level of perfection she now holds herself to.
This was a really enjoyable read, though perhaps not as demanding on my concentration as my usual crime reads, but this just resulted in it being a nice easy read. It was interesting to see the contrast between the scams and crimes Lucky was coerced into by her father, to then see the goodness in her shine through in adulthood. Yes, she still committed crimes alongside her boyfriend, but she went out of her way to also do good deeds, trying to even out her own karma a little. It shone a realistic light on the situation, showing that people aren't necessarily inherently good or bad - There's a great big grey area that people like Lucky fall into.
This is definitely a unique book to read, but one I would totally recommend to anyone wanting a change of pace from the usual style crime novel!
I did really like this book. I nearly loved it, but the relationship between the protagonist and her partner in crime does stretch belief a little. There was a point I felt a bit jolted out of the story, and thought that, no, Lucky wouldn’t do that! However, it was well worth continuing as it really is a great story and the ending was good and very satisfying.
Finished this one earlier today. Another buddy read between myself & Mel from Melanie’s Reads we did three chapters a day but both fell in love with it from the start.
Main character Lucky has been through a bloody lot thats one thing. Heists. Robbery. Stealing. On the run. But she was easily led astray by her father, boyfriend and others surrounding her. She was never alone. Will she change? Pay for her crimes? Get caught? Get Lucky? Alot happens throughout this story so there is always something to keep the reader hooked. Will her lottery ticket change her?
Mel got the ending spot on. I didn’t have a clue. But a brilliant ending to a brilliant story. We both really enjoyed it. The story flicks between the present Lucky and Lucky in the past. Highly recommend! Had me hooked. A well deserved four stars from me. One I won’t forget in a long time. Its also currently 99p.
Bought as it was book club pick in the past some the picks have been hit and miss but as it was 99p I risked it! Book was fun a bit daft in places but was nice wee story, didn’t take long to read and I admit I did skim pages. In no way tasking or a deep read but it’s okay to pass an afternoon ,extra star for the dog