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by Rachel Edwards

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LoveReading Expert Review of Lucky

This is a provocative, powerful, and compelling exploration of a woman as she loses herself to the addiction of online-gambling.

Weaving between complex social issues, this is a powerful, tense, and striking second novel by Rachel Edwards. When Etta turns to online gambling her entire life begins to crumble, she is willing to do anything to stop her world from imploding. Rachel Edward’s  wonderfully captivating debut Darling was a LoveReading Star Book which concentrated on the new wife and young daughter of a man as they each fought for his love and attention. Lucky is entirely different in plot, yet a strong central character again sits to the fore. Etta can be stubborn (determined), manipulative (smart), she’s also addicted (lost and confused), kind, thoughtful, and loving. I found her frustrating and appealing in equal measures which lead to me forming a complex yet fascinating relationship with her character. Suspense kept me company throughout this novel, at times I almost read between my fingers as I waited to see what Etta would do next. I explored online gambling, migration, identity, race, and relationship traps and pitfalls all on top of a plot that that had me edging along a towering clifftop of tension. Rachel Edwards has created an intriguing and compelling main character, a cracking plot and sub-plot which collide to create the most fabulous ending. Lucky is an intriguing, smart, and thought-provoking novel I can highly recommend.

Liz Robinson

Lucky Synopsis

A tense, twisty novel about love, betrayal, survival - and an addiction so compelling it threatens to destroy everything in its path


Etta is in her mid thirties and keen to nudge her loving but commitment-phobic partner, Ola, towards marriage and children. Ola is reluctant to get engaged before they have enough saved for a house deposit, so Etta takes matters into her own hands and finds a way to start secretly making money: online gambling. What a delightful discovery! And what a stroke of luck that Etta just happens to be so brilliant at it.


Soon she's playing quite a lot. She doesn't like lying to Ola, but it's all for the good of their relationship. She's even made a friend on the site, StChristopher75, and she's invited to a special VIP party. And even if she is losing a little money here and there - or even quite a lot of money - she'll win it back eventually. Or maybe even StChristopher75 can help her out with a little loan, once she's met him in real life. He's just won big, and he's been so friendly and helpful on the site.


Why wouldn't he want to help her?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008364564
Publication date: 24th June 2021
Author: Rachel Edwards
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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About Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards is an author with Fourth Estate, HarperCollins. Her debut, Darling, was described in the national press as ‘the first Brexit thriller’. She has since appeared at literary festivals and events around the UK. Her articles have featured across the national media including in The Guardian and The Sunday Times. During the summer of 2020, she was a lead columnist for The Sunday Times Magazine and she is a regular guest on BBC Radio, featuring on Woman’s Hour in 2019 and 2020. Her second novel, Lucky – a tale about race, migration, betrayal, online gambling and the risks ...

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