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Publisher's Summary

Over four million Adele Parks books sold worldwide including Lies, Lies, Lies and I Invited Her In

"Utterly engrossing and brilliant" (Lucy Foley, New York Times best-selling author of The Guest List)

It was supposed to be the lottery win they’d always dreamed of....

For 15 years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends. Over drinks, dinner parties, and summer barbecues, the three couples have discussed the important stuff - kids, marriages, careers - and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything.

But then, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone is caught in a lie. And soon after, six numbers come up that change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth millions. And their friends are determined to claim a share.

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

©2021 Adele Parks (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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A pleasant change

I enjoyed this book as I have never read a book where the lottery was won and how it affected everyone. We all dream about what we would do if we won the lottery but the reality is different (at least it is in this book).
I pretty much figured out the mystery part but there was a twist or 2 thrown in that kept it interesting.
I have never read a book by Adele Parks and will definitely try another title. I enjoyed the narrators as well.

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Great book!

This is not as straightforward as you think going in. It’s a real rollercoaster ride, with an ending you won’t see coming.

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could not put it down

This was such an interesting story. It started a bit slow, but quickly became so exciting. I am still thinking about all the twists and turns and the final chapter. Loved it!!!

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Disappointed with the ending

There were multiple parts to the story- which I liked, sometimes a bit too much detail with the lottery spending, as in, details that dragged on and didn't didn't to the story in importance. The ending though/ the last chapter explaining any twists seemed short, like the author was just tired of writing the story. It lacked explanation and was disappointing. Still worth the read though.

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Interesting with a great twist

Loved listening until the last 1/4. The main character's 'stand by your man's' approach conflicts with her supposed intelligence and zeal for fairness. Liked her except for that as her husband was a total cad and a-h&*%.. Nothing likable about him so it was a contradiction.
Overall, great story that makes you think about 'what would you do it you won'' and great narration. n

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Another knockout from Adele Parks!

This twisty, darkly satisfying tale kept me right til the end. If you’ve ever wondered how life would unfurl after a big lottery win - or if you’ve ever wondered how greed can propel ordinary people to do awful things - you’ll eat up this book. Loved it.

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Just My Luck

A good read - it certainly demonstrates the evil of money and its impact on people.

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Great story

loved the twists, but the one at the end didn't seem plausible and felt jammed in for trlwist effect but was unrealistic.

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  • Kat
  • 2021-07-14

Such a thrill ride!!

the entire book had me going, there wasn't a time where I got bored, plot was amazing! ending was even more amazing!

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damage of money

loved it. fascinating how money changes some people. it really does bring out the worst

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  • Kelly
  • 2021-04-08

Oh.... my.... whoa!

Wow. Lol! Right until the last minutes there are shockers and twists.
The narration which is stilted is somehow appropriate. We are told the story from Lexie, the wife of one of the couples and her teenage daughter. It’s read in a dark, factual way that feels like a documentary. But... somehow it all pulls together for quite a tale. Somehow I feel there were a few life lessons along the way also without being preachy.
Enjoyed this after a long dry spell of duds.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-26

Great book!

I love finding a GREAT book. So well written, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

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  • Maria
  • 2021-06-08

Mixed feelings about this one

I mean on one hand, it kept me listening to the end, so there’s that. The premise of the book is really good and I loved the twists and turns. The problem is, none of the characters were that likeable. Presumably the author intended for us to like and side with Lexi, but Lexi was mousy, a pushover, had no backbone, and was one dimensional. I didn’t think the last scene was very believable, and it took away from the overall story. I think it was too long, and there was too much endless internal dialog, especially the parts from Emily’s point of view. Still, it wasn’t a total flop and I WAS entertained, despite the boring bits. It’s always interesting to see how people react to winning lots of money. This book doesn’t leave much hope for humanity, though. Everyone was greedy and shallow.

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  • lisa
  • 2021-05-01

Good but frustrating

I did enjoy the book,it was well written and easy to follow. It was hard for me to love it because I just couldn't not stand the self riotous main character lady. She drove me crazy!

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  • Tawny
  • 2021-04-07

Slow but Original 🐢👧👦👩💃👨💰

Greatest Strength: Originality
Greatest Annoyance: “Privilege” Overkill, like 90% of new releases
Narrators: Took a few chapters to adjust, but they were pretty good.

No Spoilers: but Jake tho 🤮

Overall opinion: Other than the over-saturated “people with money are evil and greedy” premise, the plot was interesting and unique. However, at one point I just knew it was over and there were still 4 hours left. The book gears up, slows down, gears up, slows down and so-on throughout. If it were a little less dry and a little more entertaining I would have enjoyed that attribute, because I love a good long book. But “okay” can only hold my attention for so long.

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First, I have to ask, what’s up with this constant “privilege” theme? What about the theme of hero-worshipping immigrants and other cultures yet disdain for your own country and culture? Why can’t we have one without the other? I suppose this is an international initiative that has trickled into sports, entertainment, education, and basically everywhere else.

In this book, every place Lexi goes from restaurants to stores to parties are filled with nothing but terrible people. Even in her memories of waiting tables, she remembers only privileged perverted men and picky women. I waited tables, have owned businesses, and have worked for large corporations. I cannot completely relate to this sentiment that most authors are now soaking their pages with. I know that the very top 2% of the world might live and act like this, but I’m just so bored of generalizing the entire middle and upper classes of society this way. They are likely the reason that more than once, when I offer food to the homeless, they are well fed enough to be choosy and even turn it away. They keep people employed. They take positions and challenges no one else can or wants to take. They volunteer and fundraise for the causes you believe in. Let’s be careful not to demonize an entire race or class of people, since that’s the very thing we’ve been fighting against.

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  • HailtoTheVictors
  • 2021-06-06

Starts well, dies out

Starts out as what could potentially be a thriller/mystery. A couple wins 18,000,000 pounds in the lottery and the two couples with whom they were previously in a lottery group come forward to say they also purchased the ticket and should be due part of the winnings. I was hopeful that this would turn into some sort of crime thriller or a suspenseful story about the ticket and its winnings. Instead it became a boring story about the winning couple/family and boo hoo the down side of winning so much money. Cry me a river. What a disappointment

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  • Juliann Peach
  • 2021-07-14

Just my luck…

A bit slow at the beginning but good nonetheless. I was Surprised at the ending.

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