I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for the 20th book by Adele Parks! Just My Luck was published on May 14th by HQ.
It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.
For fifteen 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.
Sunday Times Number One bestseller 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…
My husband “The Grumpy Scotsman” and I have had many conversations about what we would do if we won the lottery and I’ll tell you now that we disagree on pretty much everything! I would be happy with a couple of million while he says that’s no money nowadays and he wants to win BIG!! And having that much money would be my worst nightmare because nothing tears up couples and families more than money so to be honest I’d rather not win the lottery AT ALL!! So knowing how many heated discussions we have had had without even winning, I knew straight away that Adele Parks later bestseller would be an intriguing one at the very least.
Three couples, all in different financial circumstances, have been friends since meeting at antenatal classes and so ofcourse have those babies who have now grown into teenagers. The weekly supper parties that they hold keep the group together but after one very awkward Saturday night discussion, things seem to be falling apart within their previously tight group and so when the next week the group numbers come up for a large win on the lottery, everything changes…
We all know that money is the root of all evil but the characters here were pretty horrible to begin with in my opinion! So it was no surprise that things went downhill and downright nasty very quickly indeed. I have to admit to having no sympathy for any of them. Lexi and Jake seemed determined to keep everything for themselves even though they had had a “gentleman’s agreement” with their friends for years. And who wasn’t telling the truth about what happened that awful night? Yes, this bunch of horrible people seemed to be totally self absorbed and not even thinking about the effect their actions were having on their previously happy children. But I had no idea just what secrets lay dormant under the surface of this middle class smokescreen and there are some pretty shocking revelations hitchhiking their way along their roads to hell and when they finally come onboard, EVERYTHING implodes for these previously close families.
This is a gripping page turner that keeps you guessing from page one. A darkly compelling tale that twists those fraying threads of our moral judgements. Watch out for this one this summer!
I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and when my first novel – Playing Away – was published the Evening Standard identified me as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’, which was very nice of them!
I like to keep busy and I’ve published 19 novels, and I’m thrilled to say that they’ve all hit the bestseller lists. I’ve sold over 3.5 million books in the UK alone and I’ve been translated into 26 different languages. I have written 17 contemporary novels and 2 historical ones, Spare Brides and If You Go Away, which are set during and after WW1. My latest novels, Lies Lies Lies, I Invited Her In, The Image of You and The Stranger in My Home are twisty, domestic noirs. I like to scrutinize our concepts of family, our theories on love, parenting and fidelity.
I passionately believe that reading is a basic right. I’m a proud Ambassador of The National Literacy Trust and a The Reading Agency, charities that are devoted to encouraging emerging adult readers and children who are becoming passionate about books.
During my career I’ve lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Now I live happily in Surrey with my husband, teenage son and cat.