The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I’m so sorry this post is late, ya’ll! I’ve had such a weird couple of weeks! But I’m really excited about this week’s post. I read this book several years ago, and have re-read it a couple times. It’s one of my favorites!

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Author: David Baldacci

Number of Pages: 528

Genre: Thriller

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LuAnn is a waitress in a truck stop, and has a small daughter. She’s really down on her luck, until she receives an offer she can’t refuse: the chance to win a $100 million lottery pot. The catch is, once she wins, she can’t ever come back home. She must spend the rest of her life on the run. Once she agrees, she wins one of the largest lottery pots in history.

10 years later, LuAnn has returned to the U.S., figuring it’s been long enough that no one cares any longer about her huge win. But when she starts getting followed, she realizes someone already knows she’s back: the man that helped her win the lottery, and he’s PISSED.

I loved this book, because I actually relate to LuAnn. She uses the money to help people, to better herself, and to become the person she never had the resources for before. Her daughter has grown up educated, well-rounded, and wealthy. She is the only reason LuAnn decided to come back to the U.S. But LuAnn is still shadowed by her past, and when she realizes she’s being followed, she has to do what she can to protect her daughter. I see her as a complete mama bear.

I love this book. I haven’t read many books by David Baldacci, but each one that I have read has been really good. The characters are well-developed, and the action is amazing. This book starts out sort of slow, but the action picks up quickly, and I found myself really rooting for LuAnn. One of my favorite parts of the book is LuAnn’s library. She always wanted to learn, so when she won the money, she took the opportunity to make herself a better person. She became highly educated, if only by reading books.

This book has tons of twists and turns, ones you might see coming, and ones you might not. Even the twists I saw coming only added to my enjoyment of the book. I hope you get a chance to read this book. It was SO good!

Have you read this book? Do you have a recommendation for another David Baldacci book? Let me know in the comments below! I’d also love to connect on Twitter and Instagram, so check me out there! Until next time, bookworms!

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