Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive, a new Mystery by Jessica Knoll

The Bottom Line: So much more than just “women’s fiction” (as the marketing would have you believe), luckiest girl alive book coverLuckiest Girl Alive is a clever and highly suspenseful romp through the skeleton-filled closet of a most unreliable narrator.

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.

For the most part, Luckiest Girl Alive is a thoroughly engrossing read. In spots, however, the book goes too far in trying to implicitly transfer responsibility for Ani’s predicament on societal pressure on women, which it appears to do in order to make her more sympathetic. The audience for this book is in fact far too sophisticated to require a sympathetic character in order for it to be entertaining.

Those shortcomings are soon forgotten, however, as the book delivers surprise after surprise that will keep you riveted until the very last word. Check it out.

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