The Lucky One
By: Jessica Payne
Publication Date: September 14, 2022
Published By: Bookouture
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On prom night, Norah and her friend August were kidnapped by a serial killer. Norah made it out, but August did not. She left her hometown and made a life for herself in Los Angeles. 10 years later, Norah finds herself back in her hometown, another close friend killed. The serial killer was never found – are they back? Or is it a copycat? The clock is ticking….
Payne knocked it out of the park with her sophomore book! The Lucky one starts with setting the atmosphere quickly – creepy and uneasy. The book continues that way, fully of suspense and keeping the reader guessing. That is, until a certain part – I was able to narrow it down between two of the characters and one of them was right. I found it a little too easy to figure out the serial killer prior to the reveal of the serial killer, but this didn’t happen until I neared the end of the book.
Payne also did something else with this novel – she really made me think. I like true crime things – podcasts, documentaries etc… But she really brought up another perspective, the victim behind the story. While I had thought about this in the past, reading it from the character’s first-person point of view made it hit a little different.
I didn’t love her first book, but this one was MUCH better. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller.