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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Lucky One by Jessica Payne, published by Bookouture.


Ten years ago, I survived a serial killer. They called me the lucky one, but they don’t know the truth I’ve been hiding ever since…

Then: We danced together that night, our dresses glittering in the swirling lights. We couldn’t have known that for one of us, it would be our last night alive.

Now: Back in my hometown a decade later—the place I’ve avoided because of the memories—I can’t shake the feeling that I am being followed. I tell myself it’s all in my head, but the prickle on the back of my neck feels like a warning. Then the anonymous messages land in my inbox: I’m watchingI’ve been waiting for you.

I want to feel safe, surrounded by my closest friends. But everyone has something to hide and it’s impossible to know who I can trust.

When my friend Esme goes missing, her phone ringing through to voicemail, it feels like the past is about to repeat itself.

Someone won’t let me forget what really happened that night. What I promised. How I escaped. If the truth comes out, I only hope they can forgive me… I can’t make the same mistake again. I have to keep us all safe. What if, this time, I’m not so lucky?

”Three friends…Two deaths…One terrible secret…”

The Lucky One is a fast paced, riveting and suspenseful psychological thriller,. You immediately become entangled in the tale straight off the bat and it is almost impossible to tear yourself away from it.

I really enjoyed this book and it is one that gets the heart racing. The character of Norah, a survivor of a serial killer, is a kick ass protagonist and who makes this book all the better. A web of lies and deceit, has you unsure as to who you can trust, there are plenty of twists turns to throw you off the scent and it all culminates in an outcome that will knock your socks off!

My first read from Payne was a great experience and she really is a gifted storyteller. She knows how to engage the reader and I look forward to reading more from her. Fans off this genre really need to read this book which I highly recommend.

Thank you to Jessica Payne, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Lucky One, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Lucky One . My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


Jessica Payne is the author of THE LUCKY ONE and MAKE ME DISAPPEAR.

She grew up in Kansas City, later moving to the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound became home.

Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. She is an RN and recently finished her degree as a nurse practitioner.

When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog (or both!) in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube. 



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