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.
Adele Parks is one of those writers whose books I gobble up, I can tell without even reading the blurb that there’s going to be a really enjoyable story in there.
And this, Parks’ 20th novel, doesn’t disappoint.
Lexi and Jake’s win makes them targets for all sorts of terrible people, but perhaps the worst are the ones closest to home.
As things spiral away from her, Lexi takes refuge in an odd friendship with a grieving Moldovan man searching for the person ultimately responsible for his family’s deaths, failing to notice her daughter’s problems or deal with Jake’s excesses and betrayals.
The twist right at the very end made me gasp out loud, and there had already been several sharp turns before that.
This is a fantastic addition to Parks’ body of work and a bloody good read too.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.