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.
As a girl, Allison Lamarque, the 25-year-old heroine of this solid romantic thriller from Rita-winner Reisz (Her Naughty Holiday), was one of seven needy children whom philanthropist and renowned neurosurgeon Vincent Capello took into his house in Clark Beach, Ore., where he lavished love on them. Allison was part of Dr. Capello's community for five years, until she was pushed down a flight of stairs and wound up in the hospital unable to remember anything about the incident. Her elderly aunt removed Allison from Clark Beach, and in the 13 years since she has had no contact with either Dr. Capello or the other children he fostered. Now Allison receives a letter from Roland Capello, Dr. Capello's adopted son, who requests that she come back to Clark Beach because his father is dying and is asking for her. Back in Oregon, as Allison tries to reconstruct who pushed her down the stairs and why, she begins uncovering sinister secrets. Well-drawn characters and a satisfying resolution of the mystery make up for the straightforward plot and some clumsy dialogue.
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Captivating and Haunting
THE LUCKY ONES is a haunting story. Part mystery and part family drama, the story itself is captivating, and the heroine is easy to like. I really enjoyed the premise of this book, and the questions raised during the heroine's journey for answers will stick with the reader long after the last page is reached.
Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
MIND BLOWN I loved it!
Oh The mind is such a wonderful thing to play with.
Ms. Reisz she knows just how to push and pull . You really don’t know what to expect , you start with thinking one way and BOOM another little Discovery . Well buckle up it’s a rocky road to uncover ones past sometimes things are better left buried? This is twisty and the revelations that are coming are not what you think. Mind BLOWN. This is what you want when reading . Feed me the mystery I love it , devour it. I’m not going to repeat the plot , I won’t tell you all the details you can read the blurb. Angst, mystery and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.