Book Review — The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
Coming 2/13/2018 — Synopsis:
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.
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.
Review (5 of 5 stars)
Another great, wonderful and different read from Tiffany Reisz.
The Lucky Ones is a bit of a “turn” from The Bourbon Thief (but it is not what I would call a sequel; nor is it at all necessary to read The Bourbon Thief to enjoy this novel). It tells the story of Allison, who is the — for lack of a better term — friend with benefits of Cooper McQueen. Now that Cooper has met Paris, he is ending their relationship.
First, as a woman who is (well, it appears was at this point) in a relationship similar to this? The writing of the scene where Cooper is ending things with Allison is one of the best things I’ve read. The author’s interpretations of Allison’s emotions during this conversation are 100% spot on. I felt every bit of what Allison was feeling, the thoughts some of my own at times…it hurt to read but at the same time, the feeling that “someone understands what I feel, what I think” made me feel no so alone in an unusual, intimate relationship.
Allison then receives a letter from someone from her past, taking her back to Oregon, a place she lived for several years of her young life as a foster child with six other children (some were adopted) because the man she considered her father at that time is dying. Allison has not heard from anyone in the family in 13 years — since her grandmother took her from the home after an accident in which Allison was hurt. Though she has some hesitation because of this incident — of which she has little to no memory of — the desire to see her former family is stronger.
From there, you are drawn into the mystery of that day, when Allison fell down the stairs, and of who possibly could have wanted to hurt her. You are drawn into the attraction felt between Allison and Roland, with whom she initially had brother-little sister relationship with until she enters her teens and it becomes more. You are also drawn into the dynamic of the family: the father, a neurosurgeon, and his love for all the children, the relationship between the children even after thirteen years of being apart and having grown up.
Once again, Tiffany Reisz has written a novel unlike her Original Sinners series, but no less compelling or entertaining. I love her writing style, I love her description of places I’ve never been — I can always picture the locations vividly in my mind. Plus, there’s the fact that the story takes the reader in a direction not expected. No one is perfect, as in real life, and there is not necessarily a right or wrong decision to be made.
A great read and though I read it in 2017, it will be published in 2018 and I already feel it will be one of my favorites of the year. I know when I pick up a Tiffany Reisz book that not only will I be entertained, I will question how situations relate to life. I will learn. I will be changed. And I love that.
ARC received in exchange for honest review.