The Lucky Eight by Sheila Bugler

When the plane crashed, 160 people perished. Now someone is killing off the survivors.

Five years ago, a horrific airline disaster made headlines around the world. On the anniversary of the fatal crash, a number of those who were spared gather to mark the occasion. By morning, Nick Gilbert, a celebrity chef and one of the party, lies dead. Detective Rachel Lewis leads the investigation and within days another survivor is stabbed to death. It seems certain that a killer is targeting the lucky eight.

Clodagh Kinsella recovered from the injuries she sustained in the crash, but lost her sister that day. The bereavement shared by Clodagh and her sister’s husband led them to a romance of their own. Yet lately, Clodagh knows something isn’t right. As the noose tightens on the group and Rachel comes across more questions than answers, it’s only a matter of time before Clodagh will have to face the consequences of a mistake she made before the plane went down…

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I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have loved Sheila’s Eastbourne series which features journalist Dee Doran, I was hoping that this would be another instalment, but alas no! That disappointment was only with me briefly, as I was soon invested in the lives – and deaths – of The Lucky Eight.

Our new detective is Rachel Lewis; formerly partnered with Ed, Dee Doran’s love interest, she is determined to make an impression with her first case as lead investigator.  The action begins immediately, and Rachel’s character develops along with the story.  Whilst we do learn more about Rachel’s private life, the book remains focused on the story, and the rest remains in the background. This is not a criticism as the character development is excellent.

This is a true ensemble piece which, to me, felt like a nod to Agatha Christie’s style of writing.  Lots of suspects with motive, but alibis which remove opportunity.  I certainly felt like I was part of the investigating team, following each lead and discarding the red herrings.  Rachel, and her partner Ade, kept digging for the truth and the story had me guessing right to the end.

The relationships of the survivors felt almost incestuous, with new couples being formed in the aftermath of the accident.  Most remarkable was Clodagh and Adam. Despite knowing each other from college days, entering into a relationship with the husband of a dead sister seems wrong on many levels.  As identities are revealed, we soon learn that they are not the only unlikely couple.

The Lucky Eight gives the reader a glimpse at the lives of modern celebrities.  It shows us how image is more important, to some, than truth.  How easy it is to manipulate the truth to reflect a certain perception and bolster popularity.

I’m ready to hear about Rachel’s next case and hope she’ll be back soon.

Learn more about Sheila Bugler here.   Follow Sheila on Twitter.


Receiving a digital ARC does not influence my opinion of a book.  Please note, this review contains affiliate links.

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