Author: Jessica Knoll
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Publication: May 12, 2015, by Simon & Schuster
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
HER PERFECT LIFE
IS A PERFECT LIE.
As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.
The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
I don’t even remember when I picked this up or why I wanted to read it. I knew little about this book before diving in. After reading some reviews when I finished the book, I learned it has been compared to Gone Girl which I enjoyed reading earlier this year. This is no Gone Girl and I’m glad I didn’t expect much from this novel beforehand.
At 30 percent I expected to be somewhat interested but it wasn’t until more of the puzzle was complete did this book actually demand to be finished. This is a problem with some mystery books. The readers need enough breadcrumbs sprinkled through the book to dangle us along. Gone Girl, in my opinion, was able to do this–Knoll didn’t execute Luckiest Girl Alive in this aspect.
I hate when I don’t enjoy a book and writing a review is even more difficult. This novel was okay, just not for me. If the synopsis was interesting to you I would recommend giving it a try, but maybe borrow this book from the library or a friend.