Lucky Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Reese's Book Club Pick
New York Times Best Seller
A thrilling roller-coaster ride about a heist gone terribly wrong, with a plucky protagonist who will win listeners’ hearts.
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 she’ll be arrested for her crimes. She’ll go to prison, with no chance to redeem her fortune.
As Lucky tries to avoid capture and make a future for herself, she must confront her past by reconciling with her father; finding her mother, who abandoned her when she was just a baby; and coming to terms with the man she thought she loved - whose dark past is catching up with her, too.
This is a novel about truth, personal redemption, and the complexity of being good. It introduces a singularly gifted, multilayered character who must learn what it means to be independent and honest...before her luck runs out.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 31 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||December 07 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #17,015 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#632 in Crime Fiction
#654 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,578 in Domestic Life in Women's Fiction
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It’s no wonder why Hollywood snapped up the rights to this fantastic page turner 😃 Don’t miss this incredibly fast paced thrill ride! 🚙💰🍀✨
I knew I was supposed to empathize with Lucky but was never fully engaged by her character. She lived a childhood where her father taught her to lie, trick people, change her appearance and identity, and steal. They were always on the run, moving quickly to evade the law. They were never in one place long enough for Lucky to make friends or go to school. She struggled with morality and longed for traditional, settled family life.
Despite her early experiences, finding that she could quickly gain her victim's trust and their money, she was naive. As she matured, she trusted the wrong people, made bad choices, and was readily conned herself. Once she moved in with her first boyfriend and lover, he turned out to be a greater con man than her father. They were both wanted by the police. They accumulated a large sum of money through various illegal swindles. One was a false investment set up by Lucky. It worked like a Ponzi scheme that took retirement funds from the elderly, and when it collapsed, her boyfriend absconded with all the ill-gained money in their accounts. Lucky always held the delusion instilled by her father that they only took money from the wealthy who would never miss it.
Her boyfriend was on the run with their money, and Lucky was alone. Her father was now in prison, betrayed by a powerful female criminal mastermind for whom he worked. Lucky had bought a multi-million dollar lottery ticket and discovered she was the winner. She has no way to cash it in without giving away her true identity and going to prison for a string of past crimes. From clues she had learned from her father when he was drunk, she decides to search for the long-lost mother she never knew. While searching, she carries out more cons and finally meets the woman eluded to by her father. Maybe she can convince her to cash the lottery ticket for her? She is also being watched and endangered by the criminal mastermind who employed her father. The police have long sought this woman, but they have never been able to apprehend or charge her.
I thought we needed more backstory and character development for the nun who handed over baby Lucky to the man claiming to be her father. This nun had a sufficient hidden stash of money to gladly support and educate the baby's mother. Was her money the result of fraud?
This story ends with Lucky's remorse and redemption due to a hurried and unbelievable intervention and ending. Without the circumstances set up in this rushed ending, I had to wonder if she would have continued her life of crime without this conclusion.
Top reviews from other countries
The story follows our main character Lucky, daughter of a con artist turned con artist herself. She’s on the run and planning to get safely to somewhere with lax extradition rules.
The story is a time flip between the present - set in 2008 - and the past following Lucky as she grows up working with her Father, and her life after his arrest. In the scenes narrating the past, I found there was a bit of a lull when I lost interest however as the present is interspersed frequently throughout my interested remained.
Lucky finds out more about herself as the story unfolds including finding out her mother’s identity and reaching a form of redemption. I felt that the end of the book all happened very quickly and all of a sudden I was on the last page. I feel like there could have been a bit more focus on the end, given the detail of how Lucky came to be in the position we first meet her in.
With an abandoned baby found on a church doorstep by a nun there is a subplot running parallel that could blow the biggest scam of all wide open.
I really liked Lucky as a protagonist, she is smart, resourceful and has a lot of goodness for a criminal on the run. The real baddies were unlikeable, convincing and some not quite as rehabilitated as they have made out.
This was such a fun read and my only quibble is that I had pretty much figured it all out and very early on. No twists and no surprises but I loved Lucky as a character so much it really didn’t matter in the big scheme of things. I suppose I just wanted to be conned a little as a reader like one of their marks.
The book takes place across a dual timeline - Following Lucky during her present-day adventures, avoiding capture and clinging desperately to her winning lottery ticket, and jumping back in time to her childhood and unveiling how her father taught her how to run scams to the level of perfection she now holds herself to.
This was a really enjoyable read, though perhaps not as demanding on my concentration as my usual crime reads, but this just resulted in it being a nice easy read. It was interesting to see the contrast between the scams and crimes Lucky was coerced into by her father, to then see the goodness in her shine through in adulthood. Yes, she still committed crimes alongside her boyfriend, but she went out of her way to also do good deeds, trying to even out her own karma a little. It shone a realistic light on the situation, showing that people aren't necessarily inherently good or bad - There's a great big grey area that people like Lucky fall into.
This is definitely a unique book to read, but one I would totally recommend to anyone wanting a change of pace from the usual style crime novel!
Main character Lucky has been through a bloody lot thats one thing. Heists. Robbery. Stealing. On the run. But she was easily led astray by her father, boyfriend and others surrounding her. She was never alone. Will she change? Pay for her crimes? Get caught? Get Lucky? Alot happens throughout this story so there is always something to keep the reader hooked. Will her lottery ticket change her?
Mel got the ending spot on. I didn’t have a clue. But a brilliant ending to a brilliant story. We both really enjoyed it. The story flicks between the present Lucky and Lucky in the past. Highly recommend! Had me hooked. A well deserved four stars from me. One I won’t forget in a long time. Its also currently 99p.