What if winning means losing everything?
It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.
For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.
But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.
Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.
Sunday Times Number One bestseller Adele Parks returns with a riveting look at the dark side of wealth in this gripping take on friendship, money and betrayal, and good luck gone bad…
Gripping, Riveting, Stunning Read!
I must admit that I was curious as to where this one would go before I began reading, but what a story!
Three couples get together most weekends and since their friendships began, have always played the lottery together until, one week, there is a bit of a disagreement which causes friction, leaving one couple feeling cut adrift. When they routinely check the ticket the following week, they’ve won! And, since the others dropped out, the jackpot is all theirs .. but is that how the other four see it?
There is real food for thought in this book. Don’t we all dream of our numbers coming up – and insist it won’t change who we are? What an eye-opener! These are ordinary families, like you and me and the surprises and shocks just keep coming. I have been heard to utter the odd expletive whilst engrossed in this tale – so much so that I had to explain the set-up to my husband who was a bit concerned at my vehemence! This isn’t a placid read, it’s one to get your juices flowing and your dander up! I began reading in bed and was half-way through before I could bear to set the book aside. Gripping, riveting and stunning! And then, when I thought it was all finished, there was more! A really contemplative read for every single person who pins their hopes on the lotto draw. A well-conceived and beautifully written story, which absolutely earns each one of the five sparkling stars I’m happy to give it, along with my recommendation.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s psychological fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital
- Publication Date: 14 May 2020
- Links: Goodreads
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- W. H. Smith
I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and when my first novel – Playing Away – was published the Evening Standard identified me as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’, which was very nice of them!
I like to keep busy and I’ve published 19 novels, and I’m thrilled to say that they’ve all hit the bestseller lists. I’ve sold over 3.5 million books in the UK alone and I’ve been translated into 26 different languages. I have written 17 contemporary novels and 2 historical ones, Spare Brides and If You Go Away, which are set during and after WW1. My latest novels, Lies Lies Lies, I Invited Her In, The Image of You and The Stranger in My Home are twisty, domestic noirs. I like to scrutinize our concepts of family, our theories on love, parenting and fidelity.
I passionately believe that reading is a basic right. I’m a proud Ambassador of The National Literacy Trust and a The Reading Agency, charities that are devoted to encouraging emerging adult readers and children who are becoming passionate about books.
During my career I’ve lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Now I live happily in Surrey with my husband, teenage son and cat.
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