Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz 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.

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany ReiszTitle: The Lucky Ones
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: MIRA
Genres: Adult Fiction, Thriller
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

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.

❀ Imperfect Characters

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 Setting is also a Character

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.

❀ Descriptive Writing

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is one to add to your fall 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: The Lucky ONes by Tiffany Reisz

Book Beginning:

Louisville, Kentucky, 2015

All Allison wanted was for this conversation to be over. That and she hoped the heavy grey clouds would part and the sun would appear. It could go either way today- sun or rain.

Friday 56:

“This is it?” Deacon asked. “This is your big talent? You showing off you can do a push-up with a man sitting on your back? I could do that, please don’t make me prove it.”

About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin's Mira Books.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky's Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

Tiffany also writes mainstream women's suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief(winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.

Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.

Tiffany lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers.


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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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