The Lucky One by Jessica Payne

The Lucky One by Jessica Paynefive-stars

The Lucky One by Jessica Payne
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Published by Bookouture on September 14, 2022
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 386

Heat Rating: half-flame

Audiobook Narrator: Jennifer Woodward
Audiobook Length: 11 Hours and 1 Minute

Source: the publisher through NetGalley

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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We were all there that prom night, but one of us didn’t make it home…

Ten years ago: We laughed together on the dance floor that night, our dresses glittering in the swirling lights. One final night of fun before the rest of our lives. We couldn’t have known that for one of us, it would be our last…

Now: They say that I’m the lucky one, the survivor. But no one knows the truth—the thing I’ve been running from all this time. How I escaped.

Back in my hometown a decade later—the place I’ve avoided—I can feel the questioning eyes on me, the whispers. The rumors.

I can’t shake the feeling that I am being followed, the shadow of a reflection in the glass storefronts, the murmur of footsteps before I turn to look. But no one’s ever there, and I tell myself it’s all in my head. Then the anonymous messages land in my inbox, overly familiar and insistent: I’m watching. I’ve been waiting for you.

I should have known I couldn’t run forever. I want to feel safe surrounded by my best friends. But everyone has something to hide, and I don’t know who I can trust.

Someone out there won’t let me forget what really happened that night, what I promised. What if, this time, I’m not so lucky?

Can you survive a serial killer twice?

This book takes off from the very first page, grabs you, and never lets go. If you’re a fan of thrillers, this book is a must read. The plot twists and turns so much. You will suspect literally EVERYONE except the main character. When I read a book like this, I always put an early guess as to “who done it” in the notes in my kindle. I’m often right. I did that this time, but I was completely wrong. The author surprised me at every single turn.

I love the strong, female protagonist, an MMA fighter. This seems unusual to me for this type of book, and I like it. I was right behind her for everything, alongside her best friend. The author made me feel like I was right there with her, trying to figure out what was going on. As I neared the end of the book, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find the truth. Big five stars!


About Jessica Payne

Jessica lives in the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound are home. Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube.

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