by Yvonne Printz
To be published on October 20, 2015
Source: eARC for review from the publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: When seventeen-year-old Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Lucky was smart. He wouldn’t have surfed in waters more dangerous than he could handle. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay, claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother, dating his girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder: did Fin murder Lucky in order to take over his whole life? Determined to clear the fog from her mind in order to uncover the truth about Lucky’s death, Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head. Georgia is certain she’s getting closer and closer to the truth about Fin, but as she does, her mental state becomes more and more precarious, and no one seems to trust what she’s saying.My take: If You're Lucky was a book I requested, downloaded, forgot about, and then went into without refreshing my memory about the story. And I think that approach may have increased my enjoyment of this book. The story begins on a tragic note, with Georgia's family learning of the death of her older brother. So at first I thought I was reading a grief book. But as Georgia began to seem more and more unhinged and paranoid, I began to wonder: was she just suffering from grief or if there was something else going on?
As the synopsis reveals, Georgia does have some mental health issues, so I'd call If You're Lucky a psychological suspense story. As Georgia becomes more and more determined to get to the bottom of what happened to her brother, she starts going off her meds and seems to start to spiral downward. I felt a lot of compassion for her, but couldn't help wondering: was she right? Did someone murder her brother?
I enjoyed this book -- I thought it created a great sense of suspense and uncertainty and really kept me guessing about Georgia's sanity. I'm a big fan of suspenseful old movies like Gaslight and Suspicion and classic suspense novels like The Talented Mr. Ripley and this book reminded me a lot of those.