‘The Lucky One’ is a psychological thriller by Caroline Overington and the aptness of the title really depends on your definition of lucky.
The Alden-Stowe family own a large estate in a beautiful wine growing region of California. It sounds idealic and even has a castle. But the castle is crumbling and the estate is drowning in debt.
The head of the family is 82 year old Owen who is rapidly declining both physically and mentally. He has left the estate to a trust made up of all his descendants and it can’t be sold without unanimous agreement.
Finally Jeselyn, the botoxed widow of Owen’s son Jack has found a way to get the others to agree to sell and has also found a buyer. On Owen’s death the estate is to be taken over by the multi-billion dollar Pinkhound company to be used for agriculture, with a number of strict conditions.
It is when the Pinkhound company starts breaking the sale conditions that the Alden-Stowe family secrets start to come to light – including a number of dead bodies.
The story is presented in a number of sections narrated by Owen’s daughter Fiona, police detective Mack, Jecelyn’s daughter Eden and the housekeeper’s son Earl. We are led to be most sympathetic with Eden who is 17 years old at the start of the story.
There is a bit of everything in this novel – murder of course, and not just the most obvious victims; greed, greed and more greed; and forbidden love (lots of it over the years).
There are plenty of twists and turns in the novel and the reveal isn’t till the very end. The end left me fearing for the future.
This novel is definitely my favourite by Caroline Overington to date and I look forward to reading her next novel.
Book Published 2017