The Lucky One – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Lucky One

Author:- Jessica Payne

Date published:- will be published on 14th September 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Psychological Thriller

No. of pages:- 376 pages


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

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?

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. You can find out more about her at her website,

After reading this author’s debut novel, I was excited to read her next novel The Lucky One and I must say, this was a very interesting premise.

Norah is a sole survivor of ruthless serial killer, known as Hansel and had watched her friend Augusta killed by Hansel. Now almost ten years later, Norah who is known a WWE coach living in California moves to Kansas where her story is being adapted into a book. But soon a dead body, similar to what Hansel had murdered years ago was found by the alley, implying Hansel is back.

This was a fast paced thriller with twists and turns. The story is mainly told in Norah’s perspective and devides between the present day and the past, when Norah escapes from the clutches of the serial killer. The great thing about this book was there were too many suspects and one of them, someone close to them, could be that notorious serial killer. Although I prediced as to who would be the killer, this did not stop me from enjoying this book. Quite a page turner that will keep you at the edge and the author had done a good job of keeping the reader in suspense.

So if you like a fast paced thriller, then this book is one for you. Worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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