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A compelling and thrilling road-trip novel about a talented grifter named Lucky whose past comes back to haunt her.

What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in?

Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways. Lucky finds herself alone for the first time, navigating the world without the help of either her father or her boyfriend, the two figures from whom she’s learned the art of the scam.

When she discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions, her elation is tempered by one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means the police will arrest her for her crimes. She’ll go to prison, with no chance to redeem her fortune.

As Lucky tries to avoid arrest and make a future for herself, she must confront her past by reconciling with her father; finding her mother, who abandoned her when she just a baby; and coming to terms with the man she thought she loved—whose complicated past is catching up to her, too.

This is a novel about truth, personal redemption, and the complexity of being good. It introduces a singularly gifted, complicated character who must learn what it means to be independent and honest…before her luck runs out.

(c) Eugene Choi

Marissa Stapley is the bestselling author of Mating for Life, Things to Do When It’s Raining, and The Last Resort, which was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Awards. Her journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines across North America. She lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @MarissaStapley.

Praise for Lucky

“A wild and deeply satisfying rollercoaster ride through the world of a con artist with a heart of gold. Propulsive and affecting, Lucky is the most fun I’ve had reading a book in quite a while.”
— TAYLOR JENKINS REID, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six  

“Meet Lucky Armstrong, an unconventional heroine who is on the run from her past with a winning lottery ticket that could change her future. A story of survival, redemption, and forgiveness, Lucky explores the power of second chances. A riveting caper full of heart, I loved this book!”
— KARMA BROWN, bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

Praise for The Last Resort

The Last Resort harnesses women’s anger. . . . The story’s emotional core is wrapped in a taut thriller.” 
 Toronto Star

“Atmospheric and evocative, Marissa Stapley’s The Last Resort brings together a cast of characters with secrets as destructive as the hurricane threatening the island, and explores how far we’ll go to keep the truth buried. Fast-paced, expertly plotted, and highly entertaining, this novel is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty!”
KARMA BROWN, bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

“Featuring vivid, heart-pounding storytelling and a compelling depiction of the heartbreaking ways that long-term abuse can destroy your will, Stapley’s latest is an excellent beach read for anyone who loves romantic suspense.”
— Booklist

The Last Resort has all the ingredients for an impossible-to-put-down thrill ride of a read—but it’s also got something more: well-developed characters who feel intensely real, polished prose that never descends into the trite or predictable, and authentic emotional heft. It will fascinate you, enlighten you, break your heart and mend it again. Read this book!”
JENNIFER ROBSON, internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France and The Gown

“With artfully creative storytelling, The Last Resort leads us down the dark rabbit warren of other people’s marriages and asks the best question of all: How well do you really know the person you’re living with? This novel is an exciting addition to the psych thriller world—with an emotionally complex twist.”
ROZ NAY, bestselling author of Our Little Secret

“Couples with secrets, people who tell lies—nothing is as it seems in Marissa Stapley’s tense and tightly paced thriller, The Last Resort. Fans of Agatha Christie will surely love this modern whodunit from the first to the very last page. One to add to your ‘to read’ list now.”
HANNAH McKINNON, author of The Neighbors and Her Secret Son

“Gripping. . . . Stapley shows a real knack for suspense.”
 Publishers Weekly

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