About the book The Lucky Ones
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: MIRA (February 13, 2018)
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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About the author, Tiffany Reisz
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer.
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Every so often you stumble across a novel that doesn’t look all that amazing, and then you get into it and you find out it’s compelling, interesting, and really satisfying, and pretty amazing after all.
That was my experience with The Lucky Ones. I was part of the excerpt tour in January, but hadn’t read the book at the time I posted my excerpt. When I finally sat down to start it and read the opening scenes with Allison with her ten-lover McQueen, I was half-convinced I was reading the wrong novel.
But then the story unfolded. Allison read the letter from Roland, and dashed back to the Oregon coast, and not only did I fall in love with the house – The Dragon (I want a house like that, in a place like that) – but I was hooked on the story.
I really liked the way the author, Tiffany Reisz, crafted this novel like a romance, until it became a thriller disguised as a family drama with romantic interludes. I loved all the characters, flawed and human as they were. The layers of secrets, peeling away like onions, kept me intrigued til the very end.
Reisz’s use of language is really effective. Allison was the point of view character, so her voice was the clearest, but each character had his or her own distinct voice – Roland was suitably introspective. Dr. Capello reminded me of an older, gritter version of Alan Alda, and Thora was someone I’d have loved to hang out with.
Overall, it’s we, the readers, who are lucky, because we get to read The Lucky Ones.
Goes well with a burger and a beer, enjoyed on a beach blanket on the sand.
The Lucky Ones Review Tour:
Monday, February 12th: Rockin’ & Reviewing
Monday, February 12th: Into the Hall of Books and @intothehallofbooks
Tuesday, February 13th: Clues and Reviews and @cluesandreviews
Tuesday, February 13th: Read Love Blog
Tuesday, February 13th: @anniabbauer and @beach.house.books
Wednesday, February 14th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Thursday, February 15th: 5 Minutes for Books
Friday, February 16th: Bibliotica
Monday, February 19th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, February 20th: Books a la Mode
Tuesday, February 20th: Katy’s Library and @katyslibrary
Wednesday, February 21st: Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind and @artbookscoffeee
Thursday, February 22nd: Tales of a Book Addict
Friday, February 23rd: Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, February 23rd: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Monday, February 26th: Jathan & Heather
Monday, February 26th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, February 27th: @athousandbookstoread
Tuesday, February 27th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, February 28th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, February 28th: The Lit Bitch
Thursday, March 1st: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, March 2nd: Not in Jersey
Monday, March 5th: Snowdrop Dreams
Tuesday, March 6th: Bookchickdi
Wednesday, March 7th: West Metro Mommy Reads
Thursday, March 8th: Hoser’s Blook
Friday, March 9th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Friday, March 9th: What is That Book About