Title: Luckiest Girl Alive
Author: Jessica Knoll
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE
Luckiest Girl alive is a gripping story about Ani FaNelli. Ani has a glamorous job, a Manhattan zip code and is engaged to a wealthy man from old money. It's everything she's ever dreamed of. However, Ani also holds a deep, dark secret from her past life. She has the opportunity to finally set it all straight, but doing so may cause her perfect life to come crashing down.
I had this galley sitting in my Kindle library a couple weeks before it was published. I'm always weary of books that are tagged as "The Next Gone Girl". I finally gave in, and I'm glad Jessica Knoll's book lived up to the hype.
Luckiest Girl Alive is narrated by a grown up,Ani FaNelli, and her fourteen year old self known back then as TifAni. Adult Ani works for Women's Magazine, a highly regarded publication, where she is a successful columnist. Ani is constantly sought after by ambitious young women looking to get their foot in the door and kickstart their careers. My first impression of Ani was that she was shallow, self absorbed and materialistic. Fourteen year old TifAni on the other hand was insecure and only wanted to fit in with the "cool kids". Several unfortunate events occur during TifAni's first few months at her new private school causing a change in her attitude, confidence and demeanour.
Jessica Knoll did a great job keeping me on my toes. Just when I thought I had Ani's story figured out she threw in a few more twists and I realized I couldn't have been more wrong. There are definitely similarities to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Those who have read either of these two books or enjoy mystery/thriller novels should definitely consider picking up Luckiest Girl Alive.
Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC of Luckiest Girl Alive from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.