Saturday 16 April 2016

Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll

Now a New York Times bestseller, and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon and her production partner Bruna Papandrea - in conjunction with Lionsgate films.

Her perfect life is a perfect lie . . . Ani FaNelli is the woman who has it all: the glamorous job, the designer wardrobe, the handsome and rich fiancĂ©. But behind her sharp edges and meticulously crafted facade lies the darkest of pasts . . .

When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley school, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she's turned her life around since then. She'll even let the production company film her lavish wedding, the final step in her transformation.

But as the wedding and filming converge, Ani's past threatens to come back and haunt her. And as her immaculate veneer starts to crack, she is forced to question: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for - or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll is an audacious, page-turning debut thriller that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Jodi Picoult.

What did I think?

It took me a little while to get into this book but it was certainly worth persevering with; I think this was mainly because Ani felt like such a fake, pretentious character and I didn't like her one little bit.  I didn't expect my feelings to change, but I was wrong!  Beneath the surface of confident Ani FaNelli lies the desperate to fit in, hilariously named, TifAni FaNelli...who Ani wants to forget ever existed.

Something terrible happened in her past that she wants to forget but, now that she is successful and happily engaged, she agrees to take part in a documentary about the incident.  This is when the pace of the book increased dramatically as I raced through the pages to find out what had gone on.  As Ani's past is gradually revealed my dislike for her diminished and I actually started to feel empathetic towards her character.

I am not surprised to learn that this has been snapped up and will be made into a film.  There are many heart-stopping moments and genuine moments of terror as the incident is relived; at times I even felt like I was there myself due to the wonderfully descriptive writing of Jessica Knoll.  I don't want to reveal any spoilers but all I will say is that I had no idea what 'the incident' could be and I do love a good surprise!

A cross between Gossip Girl and The Devil Wears Prada, and way better than Gone Girl (in my opinion), Luckiest Girl Alive is a compelling page-turner that is so vividly written it was inevitable that it would move from book to big screen.  Whether you read the book or not, this is one movie that you won't want to miss!

I received this book from the publisher, Pan, in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:

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