Saturday, September 10, 2016

Luckiest Girl Alive (Jessica Knoll)

When we first meet Ani, the main character in Jessica Knoll's Luckiest Girl Alive, we think she's going to be another wacky Amy from Gone Girl.  Knoll throws in sentences that make us gasp, probably to make us think that Ani is a nutjob.

We know that she has a big secret, but it's only until later in the novel that we learn what it is by her own recount.  Until then, all we really know about Ani is what's in front of us, namely that she has a high-powered job at a national women's magazine and that she's engaged to a seemingly nice guy from a wealthy family.  I couldn't turn the pages fast enough from the beginning straight through Ani's secret telling, but then the story takes a quick downturn.  None of the characters are particularly likable, and the reason for the end result (even though you knew it was the inevitable end result) seemed ridiculous to me.

All in all though, Luckiest Girl Alive is an entertaining read, but I don't agree at all with blurbs/reviews that say if you liked Gone Girl, you'd definitely love this one.