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The Lucky One  : Keep your Secrets, Tell your Lies - Caroline Overington

The Lucky One

Keep your Secrets, Tell your Lies

Paperback Published: 24th April 2017
ISBN: 9780732299767
Number Of Pages: 336

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Keep your secrets. Tell your lies.

The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The One Who Got Away.

An old castle ...

For more than 150 years, a grand house known as Alden Castle has stood proudly in the hills above the historic town of Paso Robles, home to a family weighed down by secrets and debt.

A fresh body ...

When, after much rancour, the castle is sold, billionaire developers move in, only to discover one skeleton after another, including a fresh corpse, rotting in the old family cemetery.

An unsolved mystery ...

As three generations of the well-respected Alden-Stowe family come in for scrutiny, detectives will discover a twisted web of rivalries, alliances, deceit, and treachery. Set amidst the rolling hills of the California wine district, and featuring gold-digger wives, a frustrated housekeeper, a demented patriarch and forbidden love, police must decide: who has died? Who has survived? And who, amidst all this horror and betrayal, is the lucky one?

Review by Sarah McDuling

This book is so deliciously dramatic and terrifically twisted, I relished every word!

Part psychological thriller, part classic Agatha Christie style murder mystery, The Lucky One is set in a grand old estate in the California wine region and revolves around three generations of the Alden-Stowe family. This story has a little bit of everything. There is a mercenary trophy wife, an eccentric patriarch, a loyal housekeeper, a pair of star-crossed young lovers, a crime solving father/daughter duo, and not to mention an actual castle!

The Lucky One is packed full of twists and turns, shocking betrayals, plenty of dark humour and more than a few clever bait and switch moments that kept me on the edge of my seat from page one. Towards the end I really thought I had everything figured out, but then I realised I was totally off base. And boy, was I glad to be wrong. The ending of this book caught me completely off guard in the most jaw-dropping, gasp-inducing way.

This is a story of dangerous lies and long buried secrets which, once unearthed, will tear a family apart. And when the dust settles, only one question will remain ...

Who (if anyone?) will be left standing?


I loved this book and didn't want it to end


I loved this book only took a couple of days to read. I didn't want to put it down.



No good.


This was so poorly written. I kept putting it down thinking that there's no way I could ever finish it.



I was a little dissapointed with this book


I was expecting something more like Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. May have been simply I expected more than I got.



Just when you thought you had it all figured out...!


I was waiting so patiently for my signed copy to arrive and could not wait to start. I was drawn to the characters and the family dysfunction. The twists and turns were fantastic and surprising. Just when I thought I had it figured out... WHAM! Twist. Reading through it and recovering from the shock of the surprise, and ... BAM! Another twist. The end came too quickly and with another twist. I loved this book and want to share it with everyone so I can discuss it with someone! Another absolute page turner and great read from Caroline Overington. The only downside is it's over too quickly and I have to wait for her next book.

Melton, Victoria


just brilliant from start to finish


loved it from the moment i started it, could not put it down i read this book in two days i had to know what happened. please if you are considering buying this book - DO IT!!!!! its brilliant



The Lucky One

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ISBN: 9780732299767
ISBN-10: 0732299764
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 24th April 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.41

Caroline Overington

About the Author

CAROLINE OVERINGTON is one of Australia's most successful writers and journalists.  

She has written eleven books, including the runaway bestseller, The One Who Got Away.  Her 12th title, The Ones You Trust, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in 2018.  

Caroline has worked as a journalist for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and The Australian Women's Weekly, where she has profiled many of the world's most famous women, including Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton.  Please see the gallery for some of her clips.  

Caroline has twice won Australiaâ??s most prestigious award for journalism, the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism; she has also won  the Sir Keith Murdoch award for Journalistic Excellence; Australia's richest prize for business writing, the Blake Dawson Prize; and the Davitt Award for crime writing. 

Her books have earned critical and commercial success: two of Caroline's novels - I Came To Say Goodbye and The One Who Got Away -  were short-listed for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards; her book about the UN oil for food scandal, Kickback has been optioned for film. 

Caroline lives in Sydney with her teenage twins and an adored blue dog.

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