Title: The Lucky One
Author: Jessica Payne
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: September 14th 2022
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: September 9th 2022
Pages: 376

“But the reality was these people didn’t see me as a human – they saw me as a thing. A source of entertainment.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I have a weak spot for thrillers with a serial killer angle, and I couldn’t resist the temptation to add The Lucky One to my shelves when I discovered the story offered exactly that. I’ve been looking forward to read it ever since, and I have to say that this psychological thriller definitely ended up delivering for me. Suspenseful, engaging, fast-paced and filled with danger and twists: The Lucky One is perfect for those who like their psychological thrillers on the dark side.

This story is told through the eyes of main character Norah, and we switch between ten years ago when she first escaped the serial killer and the present. The prologue gives you a proper taste of what the story is going to be like; what a way to start with a bang! The plot focuses more on the present POV than the flashbacks, and I like it this way. It’s interesting to see how Norah reacted to what happened to her, and how this affects everything in the present as well… Especially after she returns to Kansas City and things start going south.

I’m not sure up to what point I actually like the characters, but Norah made for an interesting character to follow and the rest all played their part well. The only thing I wasn’t too big of a fan of was the romance element (and especially the jealousy and love triangle vibes). I also have to say that I had suspicions about the identity of Hansel early on, and sadly they turned out to be right… Then again, it’s true that we don’t have all that many suspects to choose from in the first place. The building up of suspense is well done though and there are plenty of dangerous moments and twists to keep you on your toes. The pace is fast and combined with the engaging writing style it’s very easy to just keep turning those pages.

All in all The Lucky One turned out to be a successful serial killer thriller for me. It’s an entertaining, fast-paced and twisty read that you will be able to fly through in no time at all. I will be looking forward to try more of her books in the future!

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