This may not have been the Nicolas Sparks book, but it still wasn’t very good. I would describe it as… fine. Meh. Just OK. I read this on vacation, and the only reason I didn’t stop halfway is because it was a quick read. Usually I specifically request books from the library based on reviews or recommendations, but I was compelled to pick this one up off the shelf because the summary blurb drew me in.
A kidnapping survivor belongs to an online true crime lovers/solvers group. They’re all looking to crack the latest cold case. Little does “The Lucky One” know, her kidnapping did not happen quite like she was told. Mysterious circumstances continue to arise, leading the titular character to uncover the secret of her life-defining day in captivity.
Sounds intriguing right? It probably would have been, but there was so much tedium and convolution. On top of that, I could not get seem to get behind the characters. I just didn’t care. Side note, I went to the Good Reads listing for The Lucky One and I saw that the author had written a review and rated the book five stars.
Ultimately, this book feels like a generic version of popular hits like Gone Girl and The Woman in the Window. Often, generics work just as well as the brand-name product, but unfortunately, not in this case. If you spot this book as you’re looking for your next read, take my advice and move along. It’s not worth the time.