by Jessica Knoll
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Release date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Hardback: 352 pages
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?
This story has one of those protagonists that makes you leary. Is she good? Is she bad? In general I kept wondering what made her tick and why.
But then as the story progressed, it started to take a turn in another direction with another angle and perspective of things.
Loved the different women's issues that arise from this story.
The story blends past and present in a thriller mode that certainly jumbled my feelings for the protagonist. And even to the end, I'm not sure. I'll be stewing about this one for awhile.
* fyi: Lionsgate has bought the rights to Luckiest Girl Alive! Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce and Jessica Knoll will write the screenplay. (details)
* review copy courtesy of edelweiss
* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Plants on Cover