Also by this author: The King, The Virgin, The Queen, The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years, #4), The Confessions, The Bourbon Thief, The Bourbon Thief, The Night Mark, The Red, Michael's Wings: An Original Sinners Collection, The Chateau (The Original Sinners, #9), The Rose, Winter Tales, The Priest (The Original Sinners, #9), The Pearl (The Godwicks, #3)
Published by Harlequin Audio, Mira Books on February 13th 2018
Genres: Gothic, Romantic Suspense
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.
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Many books ago, in one of my reviews of Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series, I made the comment that the author takes her readers “past what her cast of sinners do to who they are.” As I listened to the final chapters of The Lucky Ones, that statement popped into my brain and made me smile because the mistress of mind games has done it again: she has written a book with some characters I should hate, but I don’t. Once more she has populated her story with people who are so real and who face dilemmas so complex that only a person without an ounce of humanity could judge them. The author’s latest book poses the age-old question of whether it is ever acceptable to do the wrong thing for the right reason and because it is Tiffany Reisz, you know the case is going to be presented in a creative and well-written form. The Lucky Ones defies genre labeling. Romantic suspense with a Gothic touch? Certainly! There’s romance, there’s suspense, there’s a spooky old house on a bleak coastline. Murder mystery? There is murder we know about and there is mystery that may be murder. Psychological thriller? Absolutely! There is darkness along with psychotic children, forbidden love, and things that go bump in the night even if it’s only the cat. We even have instruments of torture although they’re part of a collection of antique medical devices. Above all, I think it’s a love story. Not just the romantic kind, although there is definitely that kind, but rather the kind that wants the best for others even if it comes at a terrible price.
This is my first experience with Emily Woo Zeller as a narrator and it was a good one. Not every performer can accurately differentiate between male and female and old and young voices, but she certainly has a gift for this.
There is a lot to love about The Lucky Ones. I love that the author mentioned familiar characters from her other books. For those of you who remember Cooper McQueen from The Bourbon Thief, he makes a cameo appearance along with Paris Shelby. I’m going to take their connection as a promise of stories to come because remember . . .mind games. I love that Tiffany Reisz’s unique blend of snarky humor, descriptive language, and character development are just as apparent in The Lucky Ones as they are in her other novels. I love that when I listen to this book again, I know there will be “aha” moments I missed the first time. My favorite thing to love might be a Ragdoll cat named Potatoes O’Brien because we have a Ragamuffin, a variant of the Ragdoll. Our Rags is pictured below doing what he does best. Be prepared for some interesting twists before the author brings us to the conclusion. I must confess I had already decided on a different ending, but I like hers much better.