Just My Luck by Adele Parks Book Review

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 £17.8 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.


Everyone dreams of winning the lottery don’t they ? Who else spends time with the family deciding how they would spend or donate some of the money, treating friends and family, helping those less fortunate? I know I do even though I rarely buy a ticket.

When Jake and Lexi won the lottery, I felt both excited and scared for them. I quickly disliked Jake, his need to immediately indulge in expensive items to show everyone how “important” he was now to him money means everything.  He even started frittering the money before it was in the bank without consulting his wife or children. I was also concerned that their win was made public as this would make the family a target.

Very early on I was intrigued as to why the families had fallen out what happened that weekend that resulted in the three families resenting each other – would the lottery win change that? Would you share with them to keep the peace or keep it for yourself?

Everyone’s reaction the lottery win is different Logan and Emily are in awe of the shopping sprees they can now be entertained with and how it could even be used to “buy friends”, sadly it results in the loss of friends too.  I love watching the win through the eyes of these two and seeing how it affects their friendships but also the psychological effect it has on them.

As always Adele has a great talent at creating deep characters and this book is no different, each character plays their part and we get to like or loathe them and watch them develop throughout the story each with their own back story.

Just My Luck starts off with a news story that seems totally unrelated to the rest of the book — about the death of a wife and young child due to carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s through Lexi’s job at the Citizen Advice Bureau we are enlightened and see how this enriches the plot of the story.

I loved Lexi perhaps because I feel that I share many of her personality traits, she is vunerable but so kind hearted perhaps this is her downfall too. At one point I did want to give her a little shake and tell her to do what she thinks is right not what others tell her to do.

This book is full of plot twists and sharp turns that will keep you gripped and wanted to read on.

In my opinion this is Adele’s best book to date I absolutely loved it, but don’t take my word for it order yourself a copy today. It’s out on 14 May 2020 and celebrates Adele’s 20th Book in 20 years.

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If I won the lottery ………….


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