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Publisher's Summary

 The Sunday Times number one best seller! 

What if winning means losing everything? 

It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.

For 15 years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.  

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.

Number one Sunday Times best seller Adele Parks returns with a riveting look at the dark side of wealth in this gripping take on friendship, money and betrayal - and good luck gone bad....

©2020 Adele Parks (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Adele Parks never takes her foot off the gas, every book is tighter, faster, better than the last. Just My Luck is a gripping story of greed, lies and dark family secrets. I read it in a two-day frenzy." (Lisa Jewell) 

"A compelling take on one of those “what if” scenarios that we’ve all wondered about. Addictive, provocative and thoroughly relatable – a brilliantly crafted reminder to be careful what you wish for’ TM Logan ‘An absolute joy: gripping, shocking and surprising. A cautionary tale about what one couple’s sudden wealth can do to old friendships." (Jane Fallon) 

 "Stupendous! I read this totally compelling modern-day morality tale over a weekend – I couldn’t put it down. As ever, Adele Parks does not disappoint – you’ll love it." (Ruth Jones)

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Frustrating

Normally in any book (even if it doesn’t grip me) there is usually at least one character that I can feel for! But in this all the characters just annoyed me! I know there personality traits were the whole point of the book, but none of them offered anything to me! Even the lead character felt so wishy washy I was just left frustrated! To be honest if I had been genuinely reading the book rather than listening while I drive it probably would have ended up being one of very few books that I would have put down after a while to never pick up again!

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Great Easy Listen

Loved this book, just an easy listen. Not complex but a great story, with a great ending.

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A lesson to us all

Winning millions is not what it’s probably cracked up to be and for this group of friends it created a nightmare. It brought out the worst in them all, it proved to be. Made me appreciate what I have ...

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I kept waiting for more...

I was hoping that the book would have a real cliffhanger or explosive twist yet I was sadly disappointed. The main character was dull and boring. I wouldn’t recommend it

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Whoa!

What a complex web of confusion and the fallibility of human nature. I wish there had been multiple narrators, for I had to keep rewinding to try to understand who was speaking, but overall, brilliant book and great narration. The story left me feeling very conflicted at times due to the psychology and contradictory nature of the human condition. Gonna check out more from this author.

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I found the story too far fetched for me. It was a little long too and I think it could have been easily condensed. None of the characters were very likeable. The biggest disappointment was the ending. I just didn’t understand it. I was left with a ‘what just happened’ feeling.

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Absolutely fantastic

Could not stop listening, great story. I will be reading all of her books.
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Surprising

I bought this book as a daily deal and because it didn’t sound like my usual fare I was prepared for it to be just a bit of fun, a light read in my way to something more. But I was totally surprised. The premise is totally intriguing and as the story progresses becomes more so. I needed to sit and think after I finished it, and I wanted to relisten to parts again. I thoroughly recommend it. It was one harrowing event after another and at times I wondered why I was listening to something so difficult, but it was worth it.

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So-so...

First of all, there was something wrong with the audio of the person who read Lexi's part, it sounded somewhat 'Siri-like' for most of the book! Then, I had to speed up her part to 1.05 then slow down the other narrator's parts, which was quite frustrating! There were also several repeated lines that weren't cut out in post-production.

The actual story was good in some parts but annoying for the most of it. I skipped several lengthy monologues and felt very annoyed with the protagonist! There really was no character worth liking in the book, in my opinion. Yes, there are twists, but I was only surprised the last one as the rest were quite easy to see coming.

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  • Caz
  • 30-04-2021

Just imagine winning lotto - and then you do!

We have all thought about it, whether you play or whether you don't - we all imagine what it would be like to win a life changing amount of money elevating you to the realm of never worrying about money again, nor having to work for a living...

Friends in a longstanding syndicate have a disagreement the week before a life changing lotto win and all of them want to be part of it, whether they are entitled to a share of the winnings or not. The story is told mainly from Lexie and Emily's points of view, Lexie being the one to purchase the winning ticket, married to Jake and Emily is their daughter, sister to Logan their younger son.

I really liked this book and binged it a bit, although it did drag on a bit towards the end. Lexie is a simpering, whinging main character but serves her purpose as the 'voice of conscience and reasonableness'. Emily is annoying, typically teenage and I did feel a bit sorry for her - her struggles to fit in and be accepted were totally recognisable as traights of her cohort.

The focus of the plot is not so much about the division of the money, but they way in which it corrupts. It is cleverly woven and while a little bit predicable in parts, it will surprise you in other parts too. Definitely enough twists and turns to keep things interesting all the way to the satisfying finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-2020

Very disappointing

A very disappointing book from an author I normally enjoy. I stopped listening very early on as the story was slow to get going, the characters unlikeable, and the narration annoying. Will be returning this one. Would not recommend.

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  • 27-07-2020

Obnoxious Characters

I have 40mins left of this and I don't think I can bear much longer. Tried to persevere and give it a chance but the characters are awful and obnoxious, especially the daughter. I don't know if it's the narration or character... Maybe both but the daughter is unbearable to listen to. Have enjoyed Adele Parks' previous books but this one has been a tiresome chore to get through.

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  • Katie Kat Books
  • 23-05-2020

Great storytelling

Imagine winning the lottery, a lifelong dream come true. You would feel like the luckiest family on earth... wouldn’t you?

Morally upright Lexi along with her husband Jake and children, Emily and Logan, has won almost 18 million on the lottery. After a bit of wrangling and dispute with a syndicate that has only recently stopped Jake and the children seem to be trying to spend as much as possible on whatever their hearts desire - Lexi seems less affected by it and still looks to do some good for others from her windfall.
The story that started as a tale of good luck and joy unfolds into something altogether deeper and darker. It flows through greed, jealousy, betrayal and morals on the twisty road to it’s conclusion. I couldn’t stop listening. I loved Lexi, but loathed Jake and really wanted Lexi and her family to to have a happy ending. All the main characters were portrayed well and it gave you a real sense of who they were as people - be that good or bad!
I won’t give away anything about the book overall but will say the final chapter really was rhe icing on a deliciously extravagant cake for me. I never even gave a thought to this particular scenario.
Love Adele’s books - they just get better and better. This has been one of my favourites so far. Great narrator too really helped bring the book to life.

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  • Katharine Kirby
  • 19-05-2020

A parable for our times, a lockdown lesson

No problem with the narration, although Lexi does come over as slower and more flat than everyone else. Maybe that is her character... Some of the men spoken by the women narrators come across as rough and gruff, but that is ever the way with women audible readers speaking male parts.

The story is hugely involving and exciting. Dreams coming true turn out to be nightmares - be careful what you wish for! Corruption explodes and is exposed in the least likely places - eventually. Wow, this kept me amused for days, although I wanted so much to find out what happened, that I often slept through chapters late at night and had to reverse.

I was at first confused by the forewords and the involvement of Tomas from Moldava. When all clears up I appreciated that apparent sideline was the lynchpin of the story. I loved Logan Lexi's son most, he was transparently good and honest which is more than I can say for the majority of the other characters! Tremendous twist at the endoblast paragraphs left me mulling this over for ages. Clever...

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  • liken
  • 17-07-2020

Easy to read story - narration and editing poor

The storyline was interesting as winning the lottery is something we all think/talk about at some point or another. The narrator of Lexi’s part however was awful. Far too wooden and stilted. Lines were read twice in many places - makes you wonder if any quality assurance is ever done on narration and editing. Enough to make me consider returning for poor quality editing halfway through. Performance of other characters was good however.

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  • Jodee
  • 01-07-2020

Disappointed!!

A good plot but this book could have been so much better. Poorly written with weak frustrating characters.
The narrator read with absolutely no enthusiasm, as if she was being forced to narrate against her will!!

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  • Tracy m
  • 01-06-2020

fab !!!

loved it . fabulous narration. great story, lots of twists . first one I have had from this author, will definitely get more .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-2020

Fantastic Read

Fantastic and exciting ready. Lots of twists and turns, not my normal type of read but the narrator was easy to listen to and had me gripped.
Made me think, if I won the lottery what would I be like.

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  • Meliodo
  • 20-05-2020

Disappointed

I short story dragged out to a book by pointless detail, the characters irritated me and the writing style was had me skipping bits to get to the point of the chapter.

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  • Ray Watson
  • 20-05-2020

FABULOUS BOOK

I absolutely loved this book, couldn't stop listening, well written and lots of twists and turns

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