Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

book cover of The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz


Title: The Lucky Ones
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
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Summary (from Goodreads): 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 learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew. A vivid and suspenseful tale of family, grief, love—and the dark secrets that bind everything together—Tiffany Reisz’s latest is enthralling to the final page. 

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The Lucky Ones is one of those thrillers that will give you goose bumps, and make you question your own beliefs. Set in picturesque Oregon, this beautifully written book complete with its cast of flawed characters will have you guessing until you get to the shocking conclusion.

There is so much to this book that is hard to discuss without revealing too much much of the plot. However, I will tell you that its contents will disturb you and give you many opportunities to ask yourself about your own moral compass. It is definitely eye-opening to read and gives the reader many sides of the story that bring these “Lucky Ones” together.

Having never read a Tiffany Reisz novel, I had no idea what to expect from these characters that are deemed “The Lucky Ones.” Every single one of them is as imperfect as they come, and have so many layers to them. The main character, Allison, is one that is highly intelligent, has a huge heart, and a love for books and poetry. However, her life choices are so poor that it is what propels the story forward. I found Allison to be dislikable, but I did empathize with her, which is something to be said for the writing.

The one thing that I love most about books is their ability to transport the reader to its setting. Reisz’s ability to describe the Oregon coast has left me with a strong desire to travel to the region myself. The setting is actually a character of sorts, as the climate and the surroundings have a profound effect on its characters.

The Lucky Ones is one to add to your reading list if you are looking for a thrilling book that makes you think. It is packed with interesting characters, and the writing is quite descriptive. Reisz will have you packing your bags for Oregon, for sure.

Book Quotes

If I wanted to judge people all day I’d either be a priest or get a Facebook account…

He buys his Catholic guilt in bulk at Costco…

About the Author


Image of Tiffany Reisz.

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, The Siren, won the RT Book Reviews Editor’s Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats.


21 thoughts on “Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I really like dislikable characters and ones that don’t make good choices all the time… That would be super boring! I also love that it deals with morality and one’s own values. Realistic settings are always cool too 🙂
    This book sounds insanely intriguing and sinister, which makes me very curious to try it.
    Awesome review!

  2. Kym says:

    I haven’t read a thriller in a while. This sounds like a great book to help me slide back into the genre. I kind of like when characters make a bunch of bad decisions. It reminds me to never go up the stairs and never go into the woods.

    Great review!

  3. Cynthia R says:

    It’s sounds so mysterious. I would enjoy reading and finding out what really happened that night. I just read a particularly creepy book called Behind Closed Doors.

  4. Jaime Lynn says:

    I like a good thriller, but they are hard to come by. Sounds like this is one right here, so I am definitely going to check it out!

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