The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is weird in a way that makes you unable to look away, it draws you in and before you know it you’ve devoured this dark tale in one sitting. With definite “Flowers in the Attic” vibes this book will grab you from page one and make you question what is right and what is wrong all the way until the very end. I rate this unique story 3.5/5 stars!
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.
I loved the feelings this book gave off from chapter one. We are introduced to our main character Allison who is at a loss after a break up for where to go now in her life and battling her feeling of loneliness. She conveniently receives a letter from someone from her past that makes her confront a dark past and repressed memories. We are automatically thrown into a mystery, unsure what is going to come and what or who is responsible for the events that happened to Allison as a kid. Then feelings arise between her foster brother and you can’t help but sit back and feel, is this wrong? But I couldn’t stop reading which made this an incredibly quick book. I had to find out what was going on and as more of the mystery unraveled I felt a looming sense of dread that made me push on.
What I ended up not loving was the ending. It may be wrong of me, but I was hoping for a more sinister conclusion. Or just another twist at the very end that would have made this book come full circle since it does deal with psychopaths and psychology to begin with. It almost felt unfinished with out some sort of shocking twist at the end. It started out with such good creepy vibes and ended with a lack of any notable feeling. I suppose the story could be grasping at our personal ideas of good and evil and what we believe in. But I would have liked another small surprise at the end that left the reader thinking.
Overall, this book was well worth the read as its quick and weird and that always makes for an entertaining afternoon! Pick it up if it sounds interesting to you because I am sure you will end up enjoying it.
I have a giveaway on my Instagram account for one copy of this book, US only. It ends 2/25/18. Click here!