The Lucky One by Jessica Payne

I’m so delighted to be part of the tour for this gripping book today. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Ten years ago, I survived a serial killer. They called me the lucky one, but they don’t know the truth I’ve been hiding ever since…

Then: We danced together that night, our dresses glittering in the swirling lights. We couldn’t have known that for one of us, it would be our last night alive.

Now: Back in my hometown a decade later—the place I’ve avoided because of the memories—I can’t shake the feeling that I am being followed. I tell myself it’s all in my head, but the prickle on the back of my neck feels like a warning. Then the anonymous messages land in my inbox: I’m watchingI’ve been waiting for you.

I want to feel safe, surrounded by my closest friends. But everyone has something to hide and it’s impossible to know who I can trust.

When my friend Esme goes missing, her phone ringing through to voicemail, it feels like the past is about to repeat itself.

Someone won’t let me forget what really happened that night. What I promised. How I escaped. If the truth comes out, I only hope they can forgive me… I can’t make the same mistake again. I have to keep us all safe. What if, this time, I’m not so lucky?

An addictive, nail-biting psychological thriller, The Lucky One will have you sleeping with the light on. Fans of Stillhouse LakeThe Girl on the Train and Gillian Flynn will be totally hooked!

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My Review

This author is a new one for me, and wow, what a find! It’s been a while since I’ve read such a creepy and gripping thriller.

Norah has been through so much, and has turned her life around, but the irony of the title “The Lucky One” is that even though she was lucky enough to escape with her life, she is forever haunted by what she went through. The fact that the serial killer was never caught has also had her looking over her shoulder ever since. Now she’s back in her hometown, and something is definitely not right.

This book had me completely hooked and the tension is almost unbearable as a series of events escalate, leaving me on the edge of my seat.

The story has a dual timeline and I was gripped by both stories, I really wanted to know what had happened ten years ago, but I also couldn’t wait to get back to the present day, to the danger that Norah seemed to be in.

A really cleverly plotted, fast-paced and chilling book, this is completely unputdownable and addictive. Clear your diary before you start this one. Superb.

My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the author

Jessica Payne is the author of THE LUCKY ONE and MAKE ME DISAPPEAR. She grew up in Kansas City, later moving to the Pacific Northwest where the mountains and Puget Sound became home. Beyond writing, she loves to run, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors with her daughter and husband. She is an RN and recently finished her degree as a nurse practitioner. When holding still, which isn’t often, you’ll find a book in her hand and a cat or dog (or both!) in her lap. Jessica writes suspense and thriller and is the host of #MomsWritersClub on Twitter and YouTube. You can find out more about her at her website,

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Twitter: @authorjesspayne

Facebook: @authorjessicapayne

Instagram: @jessicapyane.writer

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