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  • Pass

    DNF @ 10%. Just not for me, didn’t draw me in, I wasn’t captivated. I found it very simple with too many characters. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the free preview in exchange for an honest review.

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  • An Easy Summer Read

    3.5 stars This is a great, low pressure summer thriller that features eight lucky (?????!) characters but focuses on some more than others. The Lucky Eight are the survivors of a plane crash that happened five years earlier, and when the novel begins, they are commemorating this event at their annual gathering. As if things couldn't get more depressing, one of them ends up dead, and it becomes apparent immediately that this was no natural event. These folks endure plane crashes and murders! Lucky?! You tell me... There is a lot to like about the structure of this piece. First, Clodagh, one of the survivors, is an intriguing character. As a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) she incurred in the crash, Clodagh has transformed from a high powered and well respected solicitor to an individual who struggles with memory, order, and details. This makes her a stellar figure in this whodunit because she literally has no clue what is real or not. Readers go right into that whirlpool with her, and the result is that this work contains actual mystery and thrill. If you are also a bit exhausted by the predictable nature of so many recent installments in this genre, you will certainly appreciate these welcome characteristics! Because there are so many characters, it can be challenging to feel as connected to some as others who - in hindsight - would be useful to know better. At the end, I found myself happy with the overall experience but not as enthused as I might be with some added character development and further dispersal of those connections. While this isn't my top thriller of the summer, I did enjoy it and do recommend it if you're feeling lucky (actually lucky, not relative to this lot). Special thanks to NetGalley and Canelo Crime for the e-arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. That review - which reflects only my unfiltered opinions - is posted above.

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  • A thrilling read

    We join detective Rachel Lewis as she takes on the case of the deaths of a select few who had defied the odds and survived an earlier plane crash. Has there luck just finally run out and this is a massive coincidence, or is it something more sinister? As she searches for the truth will she uncover what Clodagh did before the crash and does that hold the key to what is happening now? I absolutely love Sheila Buglar’s work and The Lucky Eight is another book of hers to add to my favourites. This is a thrilling tale that immediately had me hooked and hanging off every word. Told mainly from the perspectives between Detective Rachel Lewis and survivor Clodagh Kinsella, the story is fast paced, actioned packed and has plenty of twists and turns that left my head spinning! The Lucky Eight is a gripping read that will have you flicking the pages long into the night. I was held captive, unable to escape until I learned the truth. A perfectly written story, with a great diverse cast of characters that had me holding the Kindle until my knuckles turned white, I really enjoyed this book, which is a must read for fans of the genre.

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  • Fun and page-turning

    A really enjoyable read. The characters were very distinctive and not like other books I’ve read in this genre. They were real, complicated and imperfect. I found myself quickly turning the pages as I was dying to know whodunnit. The story was told from the viewpoints of Clodagh, one of the plane crash survivors whose sister was killed in the crash and whose husband is now her boyfriend, and Rachel, the officer dealing with her first murder investigation. I was particularly drawn to Clodagh’s story. I felt I never really knew throughout if she was lying or not. This made it even more exciting. Rachel was a great character and I loved her relationship with her partner, Ade. The only negative I will say is that I kind of wished we’d gotten to know the remaining characters in the ‘Lucky Eight’. It made it a small bit predictable in the last third of the book. All in all, a well-written book with great characters and a fast-paced story. Will definitely read another book from Sheila Bugler. Thanks to Netgalley and Camello Crime for the ARC; all thoughts are my own.

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  • Intense!

    3.83 stars Enjoyability 7/10 Out of the 160 people who boarded the plane, only 8 survived the crash. Dubbed "The Lucky Eight" by the media, their lives were forever changed that day. Each year, to honour the occasion and lives lost, the survivors meet on the anniversary of that fatidic day. On their 5th reunion, one of them is found dead. His death is suspicious enough, but when a second survivor is found days later clearly stabbed, detective Rachel Lewis wonders if the survivors are being targeted. I think that The Lucky Eight is a solid, entertaining book. Unfortunately, one of my literary pet peeves is when a character throws on the reader's face that they are privy to important information but doesn't share it. I feel this takes away my opportunity to solve the puzzle fairly. This happened quite a few times in this book and by more than one character. I found the repeated mention of a character's secret off-putting. I get it's hard to imply a character is hiding something without revealing it. But dangling it in front of the reader so explicitly affected my enjoyment. If this doesn't bother you, you are going to love this book. The Lucky Eight is a page turning surprising thriller. On a random note, what I enjoyed in The Lucky Eight was Bugler's choice to make the investigation real. Rachel read as a real detective facing real hurdles. There was time pressure for her to solve the crime, as there would be in real life, but I appreciated that the author chose not to rush the narrative and kept each day's events accurate. #ItsTheLittleThings Disclaimer: I first read it as an ARC. In exchange for an honest review, I am thankful to Canelo, Sheila Bugler, and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of The Lucky Eight.

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