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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  51 reviews
For fans of The Flight Attendant​, a compelling and thrilling road-trip novel about a talented grifter named Lucky whose past comes back to haunt her.

What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in?

Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s
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Published April 6th 2021 by Simon Schuster
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Hannah Mary McKinnon
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With an original premise, a gutsy-yet-vulnerable heroine, dodgy villains, and bad choices galore, Marissa Stapley's highly entertaining LUCKY is sure to wow readers. Fast-paced, skillfully crafted and beautifully written, this book had me stay up late, and get up early, to find out what would happen to that winning lottery ticket. I loved it! ...more
Samantha Bailey
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In LUCKY, Marissa Stapley’s gorgeous writing cuts to the bone, and her grifter heroine, both vulnerable and fierce, is driven by a genius premise. With equally compelling alternate timelines, Stapley takes readers on a gripping, heart-wrenching journey of resilience, hope, and redemption. A stunning read!
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. Lucky has an interesting premise - a young grifter (Lucky) who wins the lottery and thinks she can finally turn her life around but can’t claim the money as she is the run, wanted for embezzlement. Add to that a missing boyfriend, a mother she is trying to find, and an ailing father in jail, and you have an interesting adventure story.

The novel, for the most part, was well-done, interspersing Lucky’s plans to get the money with her life as a young girl being taught to grift by her f
Andrea Pole
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lucky by Marissa Stapley is the story of a young grifter, the titular character, whose life with her father is a perpetual con. Moving from one mark to the next, Lucky learns to refine her craft, but never seems to be fully at ease with the lifestyle, and demonstrates a moral fiber that her father lacks. When she realizes that she holds a winning lottery ticket that is worth an astronomical sum, Lucky's past will come back to haunt her as she realizes that she cannot come forward to claim the pr ...more
Laurie Petrou
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A terrific premise beautifully teased out by Marissa Stapley's pro storytelling. Loved it. ...more
Paul Sutter
For anyone who wants a fast and satisfying read, then look no further than the pages of LUCKY. Canadian author Marissa Stapley has created a most entertaining tale of a very unique lady Lucky Armstrong. As further proof of the positive nature of the book, television rights have been sold so we will be enjoying the character even more immensely.
Lucky is someone who while breaking the law, you have to cheer for. She never really caught breaks in life but she is making the best of bad situations
Meghan (plethora_of_pages)
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucky by Marissa Stapley : Book Review

This is a story about grifters: con artists, swindlers, those who might charm you and leave you with nothing. A converging dual time line narrative (one of my favourite storytelling structures) in the voice of Lucky, a woman who grew up as her father’s “business” partner, on the road, often on the run, and wondering about her origin story as her father has always been closed-lipped about her mother. When she gets into a lot of trouble, desperate and holding
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Lucky tells the story of a young con artist who wins the lottery and is faced with a dilemma - does she claim the multi-million dollar winnings and risk being convicted?

I have to admit, I had trouble getting into this book. One of the difficulties with books of this type, where the main character is a con artist and/or criminal, is creating empathy towards the main character, considering that the reader is likely not a criminal or con artist themselves. This book starts off alternating scenes be
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

3.5 STARS - Lucky is the story about a young grifter who was taught by her father at a young age how to deceive people to make a living. As an adult, Lucky buys a winning lottery ticket but, due to her nefarious past, she cannot claim the massive winnings.

Told using two alternating timelines - Lucky as a ten-year-old and Lucky as an adult - the plot moves quickly, and I enjoyed getting a peek into the fascinating world of grifting. I didn't expect to be sympathetic to a grifter, but ten-year-ol
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Happy pub day to LUCKY by @MarissaStapley - a new-to-me Canadian author highly recommended by my incredible friend Kaley. I really, REALLY enjoyed this book and read it in just a few sittings which HAS NOT been the case in my reading life lately. 
Things I loved about Lucky:

1) A strong, resilient character who you just absolutely have to root for even if she's made some mistakes along the way 2) A quick-moving plot with a major plot element about a third of the way in that you just have to see re
Jill Jemmett
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lucky Armstrong is a talented con artist. She’s ready to leave her grifter life behind and move away with her boyfriend, when he disappears and leaves her wanted by the police. Lucky goes on the run. Then she discovers that the lottery ticket she bought has won the jackpot. The problem is that she can’t cash it in since she’s wanted for scamming people out of millions of dollars. To avoid being captured, Lucky has to travel around the country to see her father who raised her, her mother who aban ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reads, netgalley
What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in?

Marissa Stapley’s, “Lucky,” to be published April 6, 2021, explores the power of a second chance.

Lucky Armstrong is a complicated girl and talented grifter who, with her boyfriend, Cary, has just pulled off a million-dollar heist. The plan was to head for the sunshine, but things went sideways and Lucky is left alone and penniless. Remembering the lottery ticket in her back pocket, Lucky checks it
Maggie (Magsisreadingagain)
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved Stapley’s The Last Resort, and was thrilled to receive an advance copy of her latest release.

Lucky is a grifter, a gifted con-artist who has spent her entire life living off the ill-gotten gains of fraud, petty theft and swindles. With her boyfriend Cary, she has secured a future on a tropical island where they can hide away for the rest of their lives on the millions they have taken through a Ponzi scheme. Until Cary disappears, and her world crashes around her. As she runs for her life,
Danyelle Drexler ( danythebookworm_ )
Brought up by her grifter father, Lucky ( Luciano ) learns at an early age how to steal & con to get by. At the start of the book you get a glimpse of Lucky preparing to leave her nomadic life of crime and move to the Dominica with Cary ( her lover and partner in crime ) and set down roots. The night before they are to leave they celebrate at a glitzy hotel and in the am, the money and Cary are gone. On top of that her alias is wanted and in the news for stealing money from the elderly. Her shin ...more
Originally reviewed at Books Etc.

Putting a new Marissa Stapley novel in my hands is a surefire way to bring a smile to my face. Her latest is Lucky and was just released this week. It is a well-written and compelling read that you won't want to put down. I loved it.

It's no secret that I love Marissa Stapley. She's a great human and a stellar author. I love how the plots of all her novels are quite different but there's always a well-written story that almost always has a strong family element an
Arianna  Mclaughlin (arianna.reads)
“This is a story about a girl named Lucky”Britney Spears.

Lucky by Marissa Stapley is a binge worthy and action-packed story about a different girl named Lucky. Clear your schedules, because once you start this one, you won’t be able to stop!

Lucky Armstrong is a con-artist and grifter on the run. Down on her luck, she plays the lottery and comes up with the winning ticket and a chance to leave the con life behind. But to claim her prize and move on with her life, she has to come to terms with her
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher for my copy of this one - all opinions are my own.

I LOVE a good book about a grifter as a central character - I find the grifter angle so fascinating, and honestly, Lucky quickly became one of my favorite grifting characters.

I've really enjoyed the shorter books to pop in between some of the more intense reads I've been diving into in 2021, and I did love the pace of this story. Lucky is such an interesting and fun character to read, I would have been thrilled to read
Canadian author, Marissa Stapley is a sorta new author to me. I've only previously read one of her books, The Last Resort which I enjoyed. I also had the privilege of attending the author event upon its release - boy I sure do miss those events.

Lucky is told by Lucky herself as she tells her story both in past and present day settings. I loved getting to know her with an upbringing so contrary to what I think as normal.

Deserted by her boyfriend and holding a winning lottery ticket that she can't
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, fast-paced, & compelling!

LUCKY by MARISSA STAPLEY has an original and interesting premise with a fabulous heroine that held my interest right from the very start. I was immediately hooked and intrigued in finding out what would happen to Lucky and that winning lottery ticket.

MARISSA STAPLEY delivers an intriguing, well-written, and plot-driven tale here that is told in equally compelling timelines. The converging alternate dual narrative is probably one of my most absolute favourit
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book delivered so much more than I was expecting! It was entertaining, well-written, and fast-paced. I was instantly drawn into the story of Lucky, a con artist on the run from the law who is also harbouring a winning lottery ticket worth millions. Told in alternating timelines, we learn about Lucky as a child growing up with a con artist for her father vs her life as a con artist in the present. I found both storylines utterly fascinating as I have the exact opposite personality of a con a ...more
Toronto Bibliophile
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucky Armstrong is a con-artist who has just pulled off the biggest heist of her life, with her partner Cary. They are about to start a new life in Dominica when shit goes sideways, and Cary dissappears on her. Lucky finds herself abandoned with little to her name; will she have what it takes to survive on her own?

Down on her luck, Lucky realizes she has a multi-million dollar lottery ticket in her possession that could fix all her problems. Just one more problem... cashing it would involve turn
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Marissa Stapley! I really enjoy her writing style and this was a very fast paced book. I read this one in two days! It was a good page turner and one of those books that's quick and easy to read while still being entertaining.

I really enjoyed the main character Lucky. She was very interesting and complex and I actually found myself rooting for her throughout the story.

My only small complaint is that the ending felt a tiny bit rushed. There was so much buildup to the endi
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a ride! Every moment of Lucky is suspenseful. I did not want to put this one down and am giving it 5 stars. Lucky is a grifter, taught by her father, who changes names and appearances moving between scams. While her father and her are in a new town Lucky meets Cary and falls in love with him. Cary has also been raised on scams. Together the pair is unstoppable but what Lucky really wants is to be a normal person, living a normal life and has hopes of finding her mother who gave her awa ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a quick paced book that centres around a con artist/grifter who goes by the name Lucky. She was raised by her father, constantly moving from one place to the other, scamming the rich people that they met. From an early age she could steal or con her way through any situation. The one things Lucky has always missed and wanted was her mother. As she traces her down her true story comes out and everything she thought she knew was wrong. A great book to read to escape for the day. No blood o ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
It wasn't supposed to be this way. She never set out to hurt anyone, they only ever stole from people who could afford it. At least, that's what her dad taught her they were doing. Lucky is a grifter, a con artist, and the life she was raised in, the life she is living now, makes it impossible for her to cash her lotto ticket.

Wanted and on the run for scamming the elderly out of millions, Lucky has to revisit her past to try and fix her present. Every step of the way, she learns more about wher
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky is an emotional roller-coaster ride that follows the life of a young woman who, raised by a conman father, becomes a scam artist of the highest quality until a series of events, some strictly chance, others beyond her control, lead her to question exactly who she is, who she loves and exactly what she wants to do with her life.
This is a coming of age story, a story about family and an edge-of-your seat thriller that combines moments of breathless suspense with a few laughs, a lot of sorrow
Apr 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. While I was intrigued by the premise, and I loved the idea of the main character being a con artist/grifter, I couldn't get into this novel at all.

The main character, Lucky, was really poorly developed. I didn't connect to her because she didn't feel like a real person. Even her relationships with the other side characters felt really false.

The plot was extremely slow moving, and even though this book is quite short, I just didn't care about wh
Lindsay Thiessen
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Marissa Stapley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Netgalley for sharing this title with me for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. It begins with a young couple who are fugitives. When the young woman, Lucky, wakes up alone, the story follows her. You learn about her beginnings, the latch-key childhood she had and how she became who she is today.

Though Lucky finds herself on the wrong side of the law she’s a likeable character. You cheer for her throughout the book hoping she makes t
Mary Ellen Anaka
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Lucky has learned everything she knows from her father. Her Dad is a con artist, a grifter, and they never stay in one place for any length of time. Her mother left them both. Now Lucky has just won the lottery, but she cannot collect her winnings as she is wanted by the police. Her father is in jail and her boyfriend is missing! I enjoyed this story. Very quirky chactacters and an interesting turn of events about 3 quarters through the book. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was such an enjoyable and fast read! I would have read it in one sitting if I didn’t value sleep so much 😅 It was entertaining and compelling right from the opening chapter. Suspenseful, with a great female lead, the story follows Lucky as she navigates her life as a con-artist on the run, who ends up with a winning lottery ticket she can’t cash alone.

I would have loved to see the ending extended a little bit to see how Lucky goes on with her life, but really no complaints about this book!
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Marissa Stapley is the Globe and Mail bestselling author of the novels Mating for Life, Things to Do When It's Raining and The Last Resort. Her fiction has been published around the world and her journalism has appeared in magazines and newspapers across North America. She has taught creative writing and editing at the University of Toronto and Centennial College, and still mentors/teaches a small ...more

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