March 06, 2018

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Title: The Lucky Ones
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Series: none
Genre: contemporary, mystery, romance

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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Isolated Mansion
Forbidden love
Holy man….(not that I’m complaining *wink)

This seems to be the recurring theme in Tiffany Reisz standalone’s but she works wonders with her stories each time creating one helluva reading experience.

With The Lucky Ones yet again Ms. Reisz proved she’s a master storyteller. I don’t know how she does it but every time I pick up her book I seem to transfer to a different parallel world she creates. This book has so many nail-biting moments that had me turning pages in no time.

Allison was fostered by a well-known philanthropist and a brain surgeon based in Oregon when she was a little girl. Dr. Vincent Capello takes in those kids who are deemed unworthy, who are considered handful by their family. Allison was the youngest of all the foster kids living with Dr. Capello in his home fondly known as ‘Dragon’. She truly finds happiness with her adopted family that she never knew but this bliss-filled life will be ripped off from her with one fateful incident.

After thirteen years of being apart from the Capello’s she mysteriously gets a letter from Roland, her oldest foster brother asking her to visit their dying father. Allison never wanted to go back to Dragon after what happened to her all those years ago. Still, she wants to pay her respects to the only father she knew for one last time. Being back in Dragon was something she never planned, as more days pass she realizes that this house harbors more secrets and horrific truths than she can handle.
“When you love someone, you sometimes make choices you don't want to make. You do things to help them that you wish you didn't have to do...”
What’s remarkable about Ms. Reisz’s books is that she never focuses on one element rather deals with complex subjects presenting it with great elegance. Apart from enjoying a good story, one is guaranteed to gain copious info from her books, this time Ms. Reisz deals with Psychology.

Aside from the eerie and daunting nature of this book, you will be charmed by the all secondary characters. Their constant back and forth bantering adds a comic relief to the otherwise spooky plot.

The Lucky Ones is a unique story of a family born out of love, sacrifice, secrets, and consequences. The uncertainty of the situation will question everyone and everything you come to love.

Highly recommend it!

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