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The Lucky Ones

Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 realises 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 terrorising 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 is the terrifying new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of Follow You Home.

©2017 Mark Edwards (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great Performance, believable characters and story

The story was great, nothing too unbelievable so it kept me engaged and interested. The narration by Simon Mattacks is fantastic, his range of accents is outstanding.....which really brought life to the narrated story.

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Amazing

Another amazing story from one of my favourite authors! The book has me captivated and definitely surprised me at the end! I definately recommend!

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  • J Clark
  • 24-05-2018

Evil deeds

Was a little hard to follow at the end.....who was who, I’m sure if I listened to the last hour again I would get more of it. But since I am a home nurse, getting in and out of the car 10 times a day I get distracted. But I enjoy Mark Edwards books. Maybe it lets the evil part of me come out without hurting anyone. Yes. I said I was a nurse. He he he.

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  • stephkatritter
  • 27-12-2017

Another Good Story by Edwards

I like every single one of Mark Edwards’ books. I also really like the books he co-wrote with Louise Voss. These kinds of stories are what I enjoy reading most.

This story was a typical Mark Edwards novel- it keeps you on edge and wondering who the killer is. The stories can be a little bit predictable but there were some surprises in this one. The motive for the killings in this story were particularly different/unique, so that gave it some originality. Overall, the book was a good read (hard to put down).

For those who like Edwards, you will definitely enjoy this book. It’s not the best book he’s written, but it’s pretty darn good and I enjoyed it.

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  • Debora Aldridge
  • 06-10-2017

Good suspenseful mystery

Enjoyed another Mark Edwards novel. I had it on audio book so missed a couple of chapters in the beginning. I would suggest reading this book as I did not like the narrator AT ALL! Talked too fast and ran sentences together!
But Edwards leaves you hanging until the end as always!

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  • Tony Damiani
  • 29-07-2018

Mark Edward's doesn't disappoint

A little less nuanced than his usual but a really solid read. Mark Edwards is just really good at weaving rich character development and non-cliched creep.

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  • Cougar
  • 01-01-2018

Superb ending

story was a little disjointed. made it hard to follow. eventually the relationship among the characters becomes clear. then there is an unexpected twist. that twist made me give the story two extra stars

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  • DivaRia03
  • 25-10-2017

Twisted!

I enjoy all of Mr. Edwards books! I was sure that I knew who the killer(s) were but as usual I was wrong. This was a great read. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Michael R. Rainey
  • 16-09-2017

Another Edwards Thriller

Unusual plot with several twists. Good development of characters and builds suspense throughout. Narrator was excellent and kept action moving with excitement in voice. Some of the action almost seems unlikely till you hear of some real murders or kidnapping with similar scenarios. I have heard three different books by Edwards and I will hear many more.

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  • kyproff
  • 11-08-2017

great mystery

I must say I was surprised by the ending! it was a great whodunit! Will def listen to more by this author!

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  • Wayne
  • 04-07-2017

Good story, but not special

I listened to several Mark Edwards mystery/thrillers as well as several he coauthored with Louise Voss. Edwards should stick with his coauthored novels because they are much better.

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  • Jackson D
  • 10-10-2019

Great!

I really didn't know where this one was going! Ending was good. Makes you want more!

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  • Ulla
  • 24-06-2017

Gripping Serial Killer Thriller

Mark Edwards never disappoints. Another fantastic thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat over the two days it took me to listen to this book. I enjoyed all the twists and turns which are what Mark Edwards' fans have come to expect from this very entertaining writer. The story had me hooked from the start, made even better by the excellent narration. Every book I have read by this author has been great in my opinion and this one is no different. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

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  • Nikki
  • 15-06-2018

Enjoyable and entertaining

The first chapter drew me in quickly. Story had a good twist on the usual serial killer M.O. although a little unbelievable, it was enjoyable. Narration good, although I kept thinking of Tom Kerridge! Overall liked it enough and want to read more by this Author.

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  • David M
  • 16-03-2018

Could have been a really good book

Lots of books start with an unlikely premise, but if they are well crafted by the author and narrator we're willing to suspend disbelief and allow ourselves to be drawn in. I just didn't find that was the case here. It felt like the narrator wasn't engaged in the story, he just read the words - although he did read the words clearly and came up with variety of voices. The words just lacked sincerity. That was particularly so for the voice of Ben, the main character that we follow in the story. For me, he just wasn't believable.
So, we have a serial killer - the Shropshire viper. He seems to target people who are happy with life and injects them with a morphine overdose. Besides Ben, father of Ollie, our main characters Megan who has recently left them both, also Detective Imogen Evans, recently relocated to Shropshire from London where her promising career had suffered a bit of a set-back. We follow the police collecting clues and putting them together to solve the mystery.
Mark Edwards has written some good suspense thrillers. This wasn't one of his best.

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  • robert
  • 16-03-2018

Fast Paced Thriller

I stumbled across the author by accident, and am really pleased I did. The story is fast paced and has multiple layers. It introduces a lot of characters quite quickly and needs full attention. However these characters are interesting and involving. It's a hard to stop listening as you are pulled into this excellent thriller, and to to add to this you have wonderful narration from the brilliant Simon Mattacks.

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  • fuzzy
  • 05-07-2019

Great read. <br /><br />

What a great book. Story grips you right from the start. One of those books you can't 'put down' . or in this case 'can't stop listening too. Narrator for me, makes a big difference when listening to a book. The story of many books could well be fantastic but if the speaker talks in mono syllables I can't continue listening. No problem listening to 'The Lucky Ones. ' A big thank you yo all concerned in the making of this audio book. As I'm confined to my bed at the moment due to breaking and dislocating my ankle, this book has kept my mind occupied . couldn't wait to listen to the next exciting installment from my phone. Thank you again .

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  • Anna Haighton
  • 14-02-2018

Not a bad listen

I liked this book but it really was a case of the plot being spelled out word for word... every motivation and nuance explicitly explained which was a bit annoying. Also... the accents!! Oh, the accents. So comically bad. Overall not a bad listen but not the gripping plot I expected.

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  • TTelly
  • 06-07-2017

Fantastic!

Loved it. It had everything, murder, crime, love and scares! We'll worth it! I'm onto his next book now!

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  • Ann D
  • 13-07-2019

Compelling!

I really enjoyed this. It is well written, with richly drawn characters, suspense and appropriate twists (rather than seeming contrived). It cries out for a sequel. I expect there will be one.

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  • Nan
  • 02-07-2019

Pretty lame story

Too many people to follow. Bit stupid story altogether. Not likely to recommend to friends

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-05-2019

great read

A crime novel psychological thriller.

Detective Imogen Evans is on the hunt for the Shropshire Viper, someone who has been injecting victims with morphine. While the investigation goes along evans learns of an odd connection between the three victims, she discovers theres a connection of luck & happiness tied to these killings.

Ben has moved back to the village he grew up in following the breakdown of his marriage with his son Olilie, hes the next victim, how does the killer know about his movements where hes going to be and when??

What will make Ben happy? Getting his wife back? Money? A new job? A new lover? Will his luck be in?

I came across The luck ones by chance and I'm so glad I did, I will be reading more of Mark Edward's work