The Winner Author:David Baldacci When an impoverished mother is invited to join a crooked lottery scheme, she refuses -- at least until abruptly she finds herself a single-mom, framed for murder. Joining the scam so that she can support her baby girl, she becomes rich and tries to lead a normal life. But her past catches up with her....
I love David Baldacci's books and this one is exceptional. Lots of twists and turns in the plot. The reader can put themselves in the main character's shoes, ....what would they do if offered the chance to win the lottery?...BIG TIME...not have to pay taxes on the money and watch it multiply. The only trouble is, are you willing to sell your soul to get the money? Would you be willing to become another person entirely, loose your identity? This is a page-turner that will keep you up till the early morning hours!!
I read this book a few years ago but it has retained it's place in my top ten ever since. This is a a wonderfully crafted story that keeps you turning the pages until the end. This was the 2nd Baldacci book I had read; the first having been The Simple Truth. Although that book was enjoyable, this one was, in my opinion, just better. Baldacci is better well known for his political thrillers and this one doesn't quite fall into that genre, which is a welcome change. Always a good thing when a writer can be diverse with his subject matter.
The story itself is interesting, and what makes it interesting is that it is sort of unique. A little far fetched that someone could fix the lottery and cook up such an elaborate scheme to control people's lives? Perhaps. But that is not something you think about while reading this book-the characters are engrossing. Particularly the character of LuAnn. You can't help but care about what happens to this woman, and no matter how much wealth is bestowed upon her, you can't help but feel for her and sympathize with her situation. She is definitely someone you can identify with, whether you are male or female. I didn't particulaly care for the character of Charlie, but it would have been nice to know a little more information about him. Jackson is a wicked and diabolical character that you just love to hate. The combination of this and an excellent storyline that keeps moving at a good pace equals a great read. I would definitely recommend this book!
AMAZON.COM READER'S REVIEW
This was the first Baldacci I ever read and I loved it. It's the story of Luann a 20-year old mother who is dirt poor and living in a trailor in rural Georgia. Her life changes forever when she wins the lottery. But there's a catch. She must leave the country forever, never to return. Little does she know there is a mastermind behind her lottery winning and he is evil as they come...Lot's of twists and turns in this one.
This is one of the best books I have read! I very seldon read a book more than once, but have read this book three times and enjoyed the book each time. I think it by far the best book that David Baldacci has written.
This was the first book by Baldacci that I read, and it still remains my favorite! I read half of the book in one sitting, and could think of nothing else until I was able to finish it. It sucks you in from the first chapter, and doesn't let go until the end.