Friday, 8 May 2020

Book Review - Just My Luck by Adele Parks

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Title: Just My Luck
Author: Adele Parks
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 14th May 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.

Sunday Times Number One bestseller Adele Parks returns with a riveting look at the dark side of wealth in this gripping take on friendship, money and betrayal, and good luck gone bad…

What would you do if you won the lottery? How about if you had been part of a syndicate for 15 years, and the week before your friends pull out of it, and then those numbers come up, would you share it with them anyway? Do you think instant mega wealth would make you eternally happy?

Well all of this and more is covered in Just My Luck, when the lucky numbers come up for Lexi and Jake, and they win £18 Million.  Cue, Jake going on a massive spending spree, a Ferrari shows up even before the money is in their account.  15 year old Emily decided school is pointless, that non stop shopping is her life now, but she is also hiding something.   Logan seems caught up in swing of everything but equally he is happy enough for life to continue normally ish! 

And then there is Lexi, the only one that wants to keep her job, keep things normal, not go overboard spending, a new sofa is the height of her ambitions for the money, and ideally would like to give large amounts of it away to worthy causes. 

Almost immediately rifts are formed between former friends and also within the family itself.  Although I had an inkling with regards certain happenings later in the book, I wasn't completely sure I was correct, until more info comes to light. 

This is not just a book though about a lottery win and its effects.  There is a man that Lexi had been helping at the CAB, whose story is tragic, and I really enjoyed seeing his discussions with Lexi, and just how he fits into all of this. 

There is far more to this book than first meets the eye,  and I was gripped throughout and read it in three big binges all in the same day, I couldn't get enough of it. 

It's a compelling story, about greed, and the depths people will go to, to get what they want, and I loved every second of it. 

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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