by Marissa Stapley (Contemporary/Crime Fiction/Domestic Fiction/Mystery)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster | Release Date: April 6, 2021
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For fans of The Flight Attendant, a compelling and thrilling road-trip novel about a talented grifter named Lucky whose past comes back to haunt her.
What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in?
Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways. Lucky finds herself alone for the first time, navigating the world without the help of either her father or her boyfriend, the two figures from whom she’s learned the art of the scam.
When she discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions, her elation is tempered by one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means the police will arrest her for her crimes. She’ll go to prison, with no chance to redeem her fortune.
As Lucky tries to avoid arrest and make a future for herself, she must confront her past by reconciling with her father; finding her mother, who abandoned her when she just a baby; and coming to terms with the man she thought she loved—whose complicated past is catching up to her, too.
This is a novel about truth, personal redemption, and the complexity of being good. It introduces a singularly gifted, complicated character who must learn what it means to be independent and honest…before her luck runs out.
About the Author:
Marissa Stapley is the internationally bestselling author of three novels, which have been published around the world and translated into eight languages. She has worked as a stable hand, bartender, tropical resort destination rep, sports reporter, cemetery gardener, television listings writer, band roadie and beauty magazine editor. Marissa has taught creative writing and editing at the University of Toronto and Centennial College. Her award-nominated journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines across North America, including Elle, Reader's Digest, Today's Parent and The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto with her family and her bookshelves.
“LUCKY” by Marissa Stapley is a fast, page-turning crime novel about a beautiful grifter on the run. Lucky Armstrong had a natural talent for numbers starting at an early age. She used her mathematical skills along with her acquired scheming skills from her father. He taught her how to con people out of their money and steal whatever they could to make ends meet. It was a lucrative business, but she sometimes made a few too many gutsy moves proving to be bad choices. The story flips back and forth in time as the reader gets glimpses of her childhood nestled between chunks of the present storyline.
As the story progresses, her boyfriend, Cary (who is equally conniving as she is) helps her successfully complete a million-dollar heist, but then he disappears, leaving her with nothing but a lottery ticket. However, it is a winning lottery ticket worth several millions of dollars. The only problem is that she can’t cash it without alerting the police. Lucky needs to plan the perfect way to cash in the ticket without getting arrested or caught by the greedy people who are hunting her down. Because, of course, everyone wants that money. Is there anyone left that she can trust?
Marissa Stapley has outdone herself in this fantastic story about the relationship between a father and daughter, and the daughter’s search for her long-lost mother. My favourite part of this novel is how the author digs deep into the psychic mind of a criminal who feels guilty about every move she makes. A criminal with a conscience is definitely an intriguing concept. This novel was an exciting and captivating read, and it made me smile so much.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars because... I love reading books about troubled father and daughter relationships, books about characters with a criminal mind and the reasons behind their crimes, books that take us on a fun journey, and books that make it easy to imagine the story as a cinematic movie. This book nailed all of that.
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for allowing me to read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I could see this novel being developed into a kickass crime adventure movie. Yes, yes, yes!