Title: Just My Luck
Author: Adele Parks
Published: May 5th 2020
Publisher: HQ Fiction – GB
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4 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…
Just My Luck is the latest domestic fiction release by British author Adele Parks. A story of chance, fortune, lies, truths, choices, betrayal, selfishness, greed and underhand tactics, Just My Luck will hold your attention from the opening newspaper article preceding the central narrative, through to the final sentence.
Just My Luck brings to light the story of Lexi and Jake, an ordinary working couple, who complete the same routines week in week out. A common practice as part of their friendship circle has been to play the same set of numbers on the lottery. These three couples have continued to religiously play the lottery with no success, while continuing to go about their daily lives. Although they know their chances of ever wining the jackpot is virtually impossible, they can only hope. Out of the blue, a win comes from their specially selected set of numbers. It causes shockwaves through the group, for a number of reasons. Questions of truth, entitlement and ownership are aired. Divisions and tensions soon arise. All Lexi and Jake know is that they have the winning ticket and they are not obliged to share it with their long standing friends.
Just My Luck is a suburban noir that delves into domestic life. It takes a close look at the impact of instant wealth on an individual, a couple, their children, their friends, workplace and wider community. By the close of the book, you will wonder why you ever wanted to win the lottery!
In Just My Luck, Adele Parks has produced a quick and riveting read. I raced through this one in around a time frame of just over a day. Just My Luck is a thrilling novel, offering plenty of unexpected plot twists, character obstacles, moral quandaries and late plot turnovers. The characters are an interesting lot. Parks takes a psychological approach her cast, providing an insight into how people behave when they are faced with instant wealth. Some of the acts these characters perform will astound you, repel you, or they may incite a level of sympathy. A shifting narrative structure which swaps between a mother and her teenage daughter provides further insight into this unusual situation.
It is often said that when money is involved it brings out a person’s true colours, I have witnessed this myself with my own family. It is unfortunate, but often true. Just My Luck interrogates the aftermath of the fast accumulation of wealth via a lottery win, pulling the reader in many different directions as Parks explores of the fallout from such a life changing event. Just My Luck is a great dilemma based read.
Just My Luck by Adele Parks was published on 5th May 2020 by HQ Fiction – GB. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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*I wish to thank Harlequin Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.