#bookreview Just my luck by Adele Parks published by HarperCollins


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.

My reading experience:

Firstly I would like to thank the publisher, author and Netgalley for my free ARC.

This is a light read set in a village where neighbours have become friends and BBQs, parties and all round socialising together is a norm. Of course this kind of utopia can never last – if it can ever truly exist in the first place and the sceptic in me sees this as a total fairytale. So when Lexi and Jake our two protagonists win £18 million on the Lottery, their “friends” are determined to claim a share of it.

I’m not sure that any of the characters are relatable or if this was intentional by the author, but this is most definitely a tale of greed, envy, deceit, dishonesty and fake friendships. The author has written a story about how essentially winning or losing big doesn’t really change who you are underneath the mask you wear. If you’ve always been generous or stingey, joyful or a miserable sod, nothing is going to fundamentally change your make up. Well done Parks.


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