Monday, March 5, 2018

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz | Review

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
Published: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Mira Books
Received: from pubisher via TLC Book Tours
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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.

Honestly, this book took a little time to digest so that I could decide what it really was - mystery, suspense, thriller, romance - it's mash up is what it is. There's a dash of forbidden romance, there's an air of mystery surrounding the house and family, and there is a touch of thriller/suspense when the horrific details are untangled.

The secrets that bind these people together are just creepy and some are downright terrible. These kids suffered and were all brought together by Dr. Capello who tried to heal them and give them a family. The back stories for each of the kids are interesting and how they came to be in the care of Dr. Capello is at first heartwarming, but then takes a dark twist.

The forbidden romance part of the book felt a little Flowers in the Attic at times, but then again there are no blood siblings in the family so... but still ick! I guess their lives could have been eve more messed up than this. Interestingly enough, though they each know more than they let on to the others, they seem pretty normal on the outside. Perhaps it's the deep down emotional side that's hidden and will one day surface, unless the truly are The Lucky Ones.

Were these kids really The Lucky Ones? I guess in one sense they were, but in another they might not have been. Who's to say if the life they ended up with is the best one.

My other thoughts on this story were about good versus evil and what people consider to be evil. Or how evil is presented. I think in this book there were a few versions of evil presented. Not all can agree on the correct pursuit of curbing this so called evilness. I think that's where this story falls - into the undecided.

I thought I would have connected with the main character, Allison, more, but the one character that truly stood out to me was Deacon. He was hilarious, chivalrous and compassionate. I think he balanced out the quiet Roland, the impulsive Thora and the brave Allison.

The cover of this book is well suited to the creepy feel of the story of the kids in the house of hidden horrors.

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About the Author:
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband (author Andrew Shaffer).  -source

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  1. I've been hearing really great things about this book. Right now it is at the top of my TBR list!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    1. Thanks for having me. I hope you get to read this one soon.


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