luckiest girl alive by j knoll

dd durlAs mentioned in my previous post, after reading The Girl on the Train, I grabbed as many thrillers as I could to fill my reading list.  Among them was Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive, which is rumored to become a movie very soon.  A true-crime inspired book, Luckiest Girl is about 28 year-old New Yorker Ani (short for TifAni) who has it all — a fabulous job as editor of a fashion magazine, perfect selfie-worthy beauty, and a big diamond ring from her equally perfect fiance.  But underneath her carefully orchestrated successful facade is the memory of her haunting past; a traumatic near-death high school experience that changed her life for good.  Though she tries to live on without having to face the terrible secrets of what really happened, she is approached by a producer who invites her back to Philadelphia to share her side of the story.  While Ani’s family and closest friends urge her to move on and put the past behind her, Ani agrees to make a documentary on the incident that took place back in her high school hometown in an attempt to let the truth set her free.  It’s not an A grade thriller, but it does have its own (though at times lukewarm) twists and turns that keep the read interesting until the end.

Flynn’s Dark Places is a story about Libby Day and how she continued to survive day after day following the brutal murder of her mom and sister when Libby was only seven years old.  It was her testimony that sent her then 15-year-old brother Ben to prison as the erratic, psychopathic killer.  The case easily came to an end and life went on. For a few years following the murders, Libby was able to live off the hefty donations that came from various charitable organizations.  But as all good things come to an end, in present day the money runs out and Libby, quite perversely, finds herself desperately making money from a Kill Club — a group of crime-obsessed people who strongly believe Ben wasn’t the killer — to trace back and do whatever they ask her to do re-investigate the case.

Everything I Never Told You opens in 1977 with the death of Lydia Lee, whose teenage body is found floating in the lake mysteriously drowned by suicide or homicide.  The book then follows Lydia’s Chinese-American father, Anglo-Chinese mother, and Harvard-accepted older brother to catch the killer, or the secrets that may have led to Lydia’s tragic demise.

All in all, these books were page-turners and time killers that kept my reading light and easy.  Happy reading!

dee’s recommendation for all three books: 3/5