AD • I received a copy of this book from the publishers. My review is voluntary and opinions are entirely my own.
How’s your 2022 reading going so far, friends? We’re only 12 days into the new year and I’m already having a fantastic time with the books. And today I’m going to be talking about a mind-blowing new YA thriller – Dead Lucky by Andreina Cordani. If you’ve spent the last 4 years trying to fill that Pretty Little Liars shaped hole in your life, look no further. I’d describe Dead Lucky as PLL meets influencer culture. It honestly ticked all the boxes for me. So without further ado, here’s what I thought about Dead Lucky by Andreina Cordani!
by Andreina Cordani
Date of Publication: 13th January 2022
Genre: YA • Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback (336 pages)
Source: Review copy from the publishers
Paperback • eBook
Lucky to be rich. Lucky to be famous. Lucky to be alive.
Ed, Maxine, Leni, Xav.
They are the influencers, the lucky ones. Gifted, gilded people who have everything – fame, respect, adulation, more freebies than they can ever unbox. Their lives, loves and feuds are shared with millions of fans on the streaming platform PlayMii, and they are living the dream.
But it’s broken Ed’s heart.
It’s crushing Maxine.
It’s destroying Leni’s friendships.
And it’s gone to Xav’s head.
Then, a masked figure walks into Xav’s apartment and murders him on camera.
As the world reels with shock, Maxine discovers Xav was sitting on a file of secrets about his fellow creators – career-destroying secrets that they’d do anything to keep hidden. And if she doesn’t find the file, she could be next . . .
Dead Lucky was so so good. It’s a really fun and refreshing YA thriller – gripping, fast-paced and full of suspense. Cordani’s use of misdirection was flawless. Even though there were clues scattered throughout, I had no idea who was behind the mask and was shocked by the big reveal.
I thought that the use of multiple POVs was done really well too. Sam’s POV was especially dark and unsettling which really increased the tension. When Sam was first introduced to the story, it was a little confusing but you quickly realise that there’s an alternative timeline in play so you’re trying to piece together the mystery using these glimmers of the past too which was a lot of fun.
I loved Maxine as a lead character. She’s very self-aware, knows her vulnerabilities and constantly questions how much of her is “real” at this point. As an influencer, her life is dictated by current trends and the need to constantly share every aspect of her life with her followers. It was an interesting perspective to see. And I think that many of us, having grown up online, will be able to relate to Maxine in that respect.
As I previously mentioned, I do think this is a great readalike for fans of Pretty Little Liars. There are definitely similarities there but Dead Lucky does go a little bit darker and is more timely in its social commentary on influencer culture. So if you liked Pretty Little Liars, definitely give this a go!
Will you be adding Dead Lucky to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below.