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Summary

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.

The Lucky Ones is the terrifying new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of Follow You Home.

©2017 Mark Edwards (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Gripping Serial Killer Thriller

Mark Edwards never disappoints. Another fantastic thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat over the two days it took me to listen to this book. I enjoyed all the twists and turns which are what Mark Edwards' fans have come to expect from this very entertaining writer. The story had me hooked from the start, made even better by the excellent narration. Every book I have read by this author has been great in my opinion and this one is no different. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

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Enjoyable and entertaining

The first chapter drew me in quickly. Story had a good twist on the usual serial killer M.O. although a little unbelievable, it was enjoyable. Narration good, although I kept thinking of Tom Kerridge! Overall liked it enough and want to read more by this Author.

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Kept me guessing!

Loved the story although at times i struggled but near the end the suspence racked up.
Marj Edwards can do OTT stories really well!
Narrator was excellent.

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Could have been a really good book

Lots of books start with an unlikely premise, but if they are well crafted by the author and narrator we're willing to suspend disbelief and allow ourselves to be drawn in. I just didn't find that was the case here. It felt like the narrator wasn't engaged in the story, he just read the words - although he did read the words clearly and came up with variety of voices. The words just lacked sincerity. That was particularly so for the voice of Ben, the main character that we follow in the story. For me, he just wasn't believable.
So, we have a serial killer - the Shropshire viper. He seems to target people who are happy with life and injects them with a morphine overdose. Besides Ben, father of Ollie, our main characters Megan who has recently left them both, also Detective Imogen Evans, recently relocated to Shropshire from London where her promising career had suffered a bit of a set-back. We follow the police collecting clues and putting them together to solve the mystery.
Mark Edwards has written some good suspense thrillers. This wasn't one of his best.

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Fast Paced Thriller

I stumbled across the author by accident, and am really pleased I did. The story is fast paced and has multiple layers. It introduces a lot of characters quite quickly and needs full attention. However these characters are interesting and involving. It's a hard to stop listening as you are pulled into this excellent thriller, and to to add to this you have wonderful narration from the brilliant Simon Mattacks.

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Not a bad listen

I liked this book but it really was a case of the plot being spelled out word for word... every motivation and nuance explicitly explained which was a bit annoying. Also... the accents!! Oh, the accents. So comically bad. Overall not a bad listen but not the gripping plot I expected.

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Very good

A very good thriller kept me interested and I liked the characters so yes give it a read ,the narrator was excellent🐺🐺🐺🐺

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Fantastic!

Loved it. It had everything, murder, crime, love and scares! We'll worth it! I'm onto his next book now!

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terrible narration

gotta make sure to never buy any book with this narrator again. it's not a speed reading contest you know!

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Returned after 20 mins

The opening chapter was very exciting and after that it was completely boring. Who wants to hear about a man taking his son round museums. Was so bored I returned it after 20 minutes!

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  • J Clark
  • 24-05-18

Evil deeds

Was a little hard to follow at the end.....who was who, I’m sure if I listened to the last hour again I would get more of it. But since I am a home nurse, getting in and out of the car 10 times a day I get distracted. But I enjoy Mark Edwards books. Maybe it lets the evil part of me come out without hurting anyone. Yes. I said I was a nurse. He he he.

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  • stephkatritter
  • 27-12-17

Another Good Story by Edwards

I like every single one of Mark Edwards’ books. I also really like the books he co-wrote with Louise Voss. These kinds of stories are what I enjoy reading most.

This story was a typical Mark Edwards novel- it keeps you on edge and wondering who the killer is. The stories can be a little bit predictable but there were some surprises in this one. The motive for the killings in this story were particularly different/unique, so that gave it some originality. Overall, the book was a good read (hard to put down).

For those who like Edwards, you will definitely enjoy this book. It’s not the best book he’s written, but it’s pretty darn good and I enjoyed it.

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  • Debora Aldridge
  • 06-10-17

Good suspenseful mystery

Enjoyed another Mark Edwards novel. I had it on audio book so missed a couple of chapters in the beginning. I would suggest reading this book as I did not like the narrator AT ALL! Talked too fast and ran sentences together!
But Edwards leaves you hanging until the end as always!

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  • Wayne
  • 04-07-17

Good story, but not special

I listened to several Mark Edwards mystery/thrillers as well as several he coauthored with Louise Voss. Edwards should stick with his coauthored novels because they are much better.

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  • Tony Damiani
  • 29-07-18

Mark Edward's doesn't disappoint

A little less nuanced than his usual but a really solid read. Mark Edwards is just really good at weaving rich character development and non-cliched creep.

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  • MarNat
  • 15-07-18

Well done

Always enjoy this author. Fast-paced, suspenseful stories always. and his narrators always do an excellent job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-18

keeps getting better

Excellent performance of a story told from multiple viewpoints. Great characterization, good mystery. Made Shropshire scary.

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  • Tony F
  • 14-02-18

Gripping story and performance!

Gripping story and performance! A real white-knuckled ride through the twisted mind and morbid actions of the killer!

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  • Cougar
  • 01-01-18

Superb ending

story was a little disjointed. made it hard to follow. eventually the relationship among the characters becomes clear. then there is an unexpected twist. that twist made me give the story two extra stars

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  • DivaRia03
  • 25-10-17

Twisted!

I enjoy all of Mr. Edwards books! I was sure that I knew who the killer(s) were but as usual I was wrong. This was a great read. I'm looking forward to the next book.