REVIEW 011: The Lucky Ones by Mark Edward

October 15, 2017


379 pages


About the book

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

"We must, therefore, pursue the things that make or happiness, seeing that when happiness is present, we have everything; but when it is absent, we do everything to possess it."



I generally love crime books, crime series, crime novels, crime TV; in fact, crime everything. I just enjoy it when they catch the killer or the thief or whatever it is they are chasing. Based on this, it is safe to say that I enjoyed this book right? WRONG. Lets say that I enjoyed the book partially. 

This book is the definition of a psychological thriller that will most likely keep you hooked until you complete the book. However, I am very particular about the ending of a book and this one wasn't for me. 

I completed this book and to be honest, I was still looking for the last page. There is no way it ended JUST LIKE THAT. And this is how his other book was; a flat ending. I’m not sure what I expect or expected but I know it’s not that



I love and enjoyed the buildup of this book. It just made sense. My visualizations were in tune with the writing of the book. Like it just made sense you know.

But that’s just it for me.

It was an interesting read and very proper choice of words; then it got to a point and I knew that I wasn’t going to like the book again - this happened towards the ending.



The plot made sense ooo! Like it felt like a serial killer case that was taken off Discovery ID TV or Crime TV. I was very impressed when the twist was introduced however, it still doesn’t gel properly. Like the twist made sense, but I don’t think Mark was able to concatenate the objective of the book with the plot properly. I hope that makes sense.

I still love Mark; but I think I'm gonna give him a break for now.



I don’t have any favorite character. I couldn’t get myself to relate to them at all. I liked Imogen the cop lady because I felt she was a boss and called sensible shots but then again I did not enjoy the book so I dropped Imogen.


Are your thoughts on the book different?


In conclusion, TLO gets


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