A fascinating look at how money can corrupt!
Just My Luck by Adele Parks
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.
Whilst the premise was a good one (winning the lottery and how such a large sum of money can bring a lot of problems rather than happiness) it just didn’t land well for me.
I loved the first half as it was definitely interesting to see how others will try and claim, beg or steal money that isn’t theirs. However the second half I felt it was all a little over the top and a little unbelievable.
I’ve given it 3 stars as I did enjoy parts and the idea the author was going for regarding a lottery win. However if you can suspend belief a little then it’s definitely enjoyable.
It had a number of twists at the end which I didn’t see coming and even though I never warmed to the main character, the last chapter contained a great little twist which made me rethink why she may have behaved in the way she did throughout the story.