Today I am delighted to take part in the final day of the HQ Stories blog tour for Just My Luck by Adele Parks.
What if winning means losing everything?
‘A gripping story of greed, lies and dark family secrets’ Lisa Jewell, No.1 bestselling author
‘Addictive, provocative and thoroughly relatable – a brilliantly crafted reminder to be careful what you wish for’ TM Logan, bestselling author
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…
Wow, this was a tense read. Adele is incredibly good at her craft and this is sure to be another bestseller to add to her ever growing list. I did initially find it an uncomfortable read but I think in some ways I could relate to Lexie and so when the lottery win came some of the reactions to the new found wealth she experienced where quite hard hitting.
Any one who has played the lottery will be able to associate with those ‘what would you spend it on?’ moments. The Fallows household will occasionally have a go but aren’t seasoned players, however we’ve also felt those moments before the draw when you allow yourself to imagine what it would be like… Well Lexie and Jake are suddenly very, very rich. They’ve been playing the same numbers for years as part of a syndicate and just the week before the group fell out and Lexie and Jake went on with it alone. It just happens that this is when their numbers come up.
I understand the powerful effect that money can have; the lack of it, the want of it and also the danger that comes with having too much of it. Can there ever be enough? Wealth, it would seem, only breeds more greed. An insatiable need to have more. Lexie and Jake’s lives have just changed and their estranged friends want a piece of it. Just My Luck questions just how far someone will go and what they will risk for money. Greed is indeed a very powerful emotion. the story also brings home just what some people are capable of ignoring – such as another human beings suffering – in their pursuit for wealth and, as they see it, success.
Lexie is driven by a desire to use her good fortune to do some good and ease some suffering. Yet events unfold that she could not have possibly imagined and she is faced with the unthinkable. Suddenly the good fortune turns into a curse as it brings out the worst in people – jealously, greed and betrayal.
This is a brilliant depiction of the evils of money and just what it can push a person too. I found it edgy and tense, a gripping read and oh how I loved the ending! Brilliantly done Adele. Brilliantly done.
My thanks go out to the lovely team at HQ Stories for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.
Just My Luck is available now in audiobook, ebook and was published in hardback last week. Adele Parks fans will not be disappointed and for those of you new to Adele’s work, well this will most definitely be a brilliant starting point – and what a wonderful back catalogue you’ll then have to explore. 20 novels!
About the author
Adele Parks was born in Teeside, North-East England. She is the author of nineteen international bestsellers, including her most recent Sunday Times Number One bestseller Lies Lies Lies. She’s an ambassador for The National Literacy Trust and a judge for The Costa. Adele has lived in Botswana, Italy and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, son and cat. Just My Luck is her twentieth novel in twenty years.
You can follow Adele on Twitter at @adeleparks