Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Are you looking for your next holiday read in the vein of Gone Girl? Of course you are! Jessica Knoll's debut popped into my PO Box direct from the publisher (Thanks Macmillan) and let's just say I found it more than a little distracting ... I couldn't go to sleep, or put it down until I'd finished. 

I must warn you, some of the subject matter is very dark, and made me worry for my daughter and her friends. It is more than a thriller, the subject matter cuts close to the bone and the author delivers a skilled portrait of a very complicated lady. Ani is likeable, witty, smart, desirable, torn and ultimately damaged. An astute study of family life and how sometimes brushing the big issues under the carpet can be so very damaging.

Add it to your holiday list now. 


Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will thrill at “the perfect page-turner to start your summer” (People, Book of the Week): Luckiest Girl Alive—described by Reese Witherspoon as “one of those reads you just can’t put down!”

Loved Gone Girl? We promise [Luckiest Girl Alive is] just as addictive.”
Good Housekeeping

“Jessica Knoll introduces you to your new best frenemy, and you’re going to love it. . . .Destined to become one of the summer’s most gripping reads.”

“With the cunning and verve of Gillian Flynn but an intensity all its own, Luckiest Girl Alive is a debut you won’t want to miss.”
—Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me and The Fever

Luckiest Girl Alive is Gone Girl meets Cosmo meets Sex and the City. . . . Knoll hits it out of the park.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The Official Blurb from Pan Macmillan


Ani FaNelli is the woman you love to hate. The woman who has it all. But behind the meticulously crafted façade lies the darkest and most violent of pasts . . .

When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she's come since then. She'll even let the production company film her wedding to the wealthy Luke Harrison, the final step in her transformation.

But as the wedding and filming converge, Ani's immaculate façade begins to crack, and she soon realises that there's always a price to pay for perfection.


Jessica Knoll has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan. Now the articles editor at SELF, her writing and editing covers relationships, sex, and psychological well-being. Jessica grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in New York City with her husband and her imaginary bulldog puppy, Bernard. Luckiest Girl Alive is her first novel