The Lucky Ones – Mark Edwards

13 October 2017
The Lucky Ones Book Cover The Lucky Ones
Mark Edwards
Thomas & Mercer
15 June 2017

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realizes she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorizing his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

In Mark Edwards’ The Lucky Ones, he ventures into a detective/crime thriller, which I’ve never read by him before. Bravo, I think he did a fantabulous job!

Detective Imogen Evans is working on a case, where bodies are showing up dead, seemingly in peaceful bliss, complete with smiles on their faces. This serial killer has been dubbed, “The Viper.”

Ben, my book boyfriend.

In a separate storyline, Ben Hofland’s life is a little bit out of control. He’s undergoing a painful divorce, kids are bullying his son Ollie, he’s desperate for work, and his neighbors are horrible. Woah… that’s a lot for a guy to handle.

But someone wants nothing more for Ben, than happiness. Suddenly, the bullies leave Ollie alone; Ben finds work, and one neighbor kills the other, giving Ben and Ollie some peace. Ben can’t believe how “LUCKY” his life has become.

The Lucky Ones is a twisty whodunit which will have you guessing until the end. Right from the beginning, I was confident I knew the answer, and I was a little disappointed because I thought I was right. And that made me feel that the book would flop for me.

But then as the book progressed, I bounced back and forth many times, wondering if I was right or wrong. Sure enough, I was wrong. Way wrong. Wrongest of the wrongs. What was I thinking? LOL

Mark Edwards developed his characters phenomenally. And, if I had to choose a book boyfriend, I would pick Ben. I heart Ben; he was sweet, a little naive, loved his son like crazy, and was just an all-around great guy.

And lastly, just like other Mark Edwards books I’ve read, I enjoy finding the easter eggs left behind. Where can you see Magpie mentioned this book? I promise it’s in there somewhere.

The Lucky Ones is yet another 5-star book for me. I enjoyed it, and am rather sad to see it go. Bye Ben, I’ll miss you!

The Lucky Ones - Mark Edwards


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