They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever. Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night–was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her? But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.
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Dear Tiffany Reisz,
Is it absolutely necessary and/or mandatory for you to break my brain every damn time I read one your luscious, sick, twisted books? Yes? Really? FINE! Then I shall continue to buy your books and know my brain is going to be melted at the end, and you shall be giggling manically somewhere in the world 😊
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way . . . .
I always know Tiffany Reisz’s books are going to be dark and twisted, but even I didn’t see this business coming. At its core, The Lucky Ones is a morally squishy tale of an ethically squishy medical doctor whose intentions may have been good and right, but his actions, well, ethically squishy.
To all the world, Dr. Vincent Capello is a saint, a doctor/surgeon who often works for free to help the less fortunate. Additionally, Dr. Capello has taken in several of his charity cases over the years, adopted more than a few, and fostered many others. Oh, yes, to the world, Dr. Capello is a saint. To his adopted children, Dr. Capello is no different, and perhaps even more; to his adopted children, Dr. Capello is a savior, a man selfless and giving, kind and caring, and patient beyond belief.
But there are two sides to every story . . . .
Allison was meant to be one of Dr. Capello’s adopted kids, but thanks to a freak accident, she was taken away and raised by her aging aunt far, far away from the home and foster siblings she had come to know and love. In the years since, Allison has often wondered about her foster family and the accident that took her away from the one place she thought she would always be safe and loved. It isn’t until her “boyfriend” dumps her and her favorite of the foster siblings reaches out with devastating news that Allison considers going home. But, going home is never easy, and Allison has some serious questions and concerns about her time in her former foster home.
As soon as Allison arrives at her former home, she is forced to face not only her feelings from the past, but the irksome feeling that she has forgotten something vitally important about her past, her time in the Capello’s home. Every encounter with her former foster siblings answers a few questions, but leaves her with many, many more. In fact, it doesn’t take more than a day for Allison to figure out the Capello home is full of inconsistencies and lies, a situation she just can’t tolerate. Not one to let a lie go, Allison begins poking around in the past, asking questions Dr. Capello would rather never have asked. With every new path of inquiry, Allison discovers sinister goings on that involve her far more deeply than she could have ever imagined. In fact, when the truth comes to light, Allison isn’t at all sure she’s safe in the home she once loved so dearly.
The Bottom Line: I knew this story was going to be twisted, but I had no idea it would be the kind of twisted it is! I listened to this book on Audible and am fairly certain my mouth was hanging open the whole time the big, ugly truth was being revealed. Here’s the real dirty secret: like the fictional serial killer, Dexter, you know you’re meant to disapprove of the information being given and the actions that have been taken, but you also understand the logic and reasoning behind the actions. In fact, by the time I finished this book, my own sense of morality over the information and actions in this read felt squishy. I’m fairly certain that was the author’s intention and ultimately loved every second of this read. I have said it before and I am saying it again, Tiffany Reisz doesn’t just write, she crafts, she weaves, she winds, she twists and turns, and she leaves you wondering what the hell just happened by the end of the read. By the way, you LOVE every second, every minute of her madness and often can’t put the book down. Hands down, Tiffany Reisz is one of the most gifted and twisted among her contemporaries and I am absolutely certain I will be taking many, many more trips down the rabbit hole with her.
P.S. Tiffany Reisz and Colleen McCullough are the only two authors out there who can make sleeping with a man of the cloth not only acceptable, but also sexy 😊
P.P.S. I bought this book three times over, ecopy, Audible, and a signed paperback . . . once again, I am a slave to the awesomeness that is Tiffany Reisz