The Winner by David Baldacci

The Winner

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn incredible new page-turner from thriller master David Baldacci...THE DREAMShe is twenty, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. THE KILLERIt's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a ha...

Details The Winner

TitleThe Winner
Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Reviews The Winner

  • A.J. Sendall
    The Winner – not!I had seen the name many times, but had never read anything by David Baldacci until last week. That Baldacci is a prolific writer is evinced in any airport book store. I was expecting something light and easy like Grisham, but it was a whole lot worse. The two main characters, LuAnn Tyler, and Jackson, are completely implausible, and at times self-contradictory. Jackson was supposed to be ‘terrifying’, we were told so repea...
  • Kristy James
    I started reading The Winner based on a recommendation from my eye doctor, of all people. Frankly I'd never heard of the author before, but decided to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did. I'm even more glad I gave up on the hardcover library book and, instead, got the Kindle version (it's much lighter!).The Winner is a surprisingly interesting and good book. The characters seem very real and you choose your sides very early on. The plot is somethi...
  • Almak
    Being highly recommended to me I was anxious to absorb myself reading a good book. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them. Primarily, I was disappointed with descriptive nudity, a masturbation scene and a sex scene, all of which could have been removed and the book as a whole would have been better. Nonetheless, the premise held the possibility of a good story but it was just too predictable. There was only one surprise in the book and the beginn...
  • Ryan Sampey
    The book The Winner by David Baldacci is 628 pages, published in 1997 by Columbus Rose, Ltd. The genre is a mix of mystery, realistic fiction, and thriller. It follows the story of LuAnn Tyler, a dirt poor twenty year-old with a infant child who is offered a chance to win the lottery. Driven away from her home town by her drug dealing boyfriend, she wins the lottery and spends 10 years living abroad. Coming back to the US, she faces the killer kn...
  • Marissa
    Well, I've said it before, I'm a sucker for mysteries/crime/thrillers. I always have been. While other people were soaking up Judy Blume, I firmly ignored the conversations between God and Margaret and stayed up all night reading The Pelican Brief and The Client. Now, there are two questions that pop up given that information: the first being the question of how was I allowed to stay up all night at 13 (or so) the second is what was I really doin...
  • Suzanne
    3.5 stars - I didn't agree with a lot of decisions made by the main characters, but it was an exciting enough read with an interesting villain.
  • Wendy
    What would you do if someone offered you $100 million dollars and all you had to do was leave the country and never return? Yeah, me too! But then I read THE WINNER.LuAnn Tyler is only 20 years old and already a dirt-poor single mother with an 8-month old daughter living in a trailer in Georgia. When a strange man, whom she thought was offering her a job, says he can guarantee that she'll win the national lottery, LuAnn's better judgement tells h...
  • Ernest
    A single mother is offered a guarantee to win the lottery and after initial hesitation, accepts. Circumstances force her to leave the country but her eventual return is not welcomed by everyone. My main problem with this book is that I could see the pieces, parts and elements of this book while reading it rather than ever reading it as a whole work. The protagonist needs to look sympathetic, so there will be an element added…here. The villain n...
  • Jane Stewart
    Above average plot with intricate developments, but it was missing the wow factor. Good but not great.REVIEWER'S OPINION:To let readers know where I'm coming from, my preferred genre is romance novels. The fact that I liked this should mean something since it is off genre for me. Throughout the book there was the underlying frustration of how can anyone ever stop this bad guy, but he gets it eventually. The story was excellent mechanically with g...
  • Sarah ~
    في الروايات تكون الأمور عادة واضحة ..على الأقل بالنسبة لي ..هذه الرواية كلُ شيء ضبابي .فقد تتعاطف مع شخصية الآن بعد قليل ستنقمُ عليها ..لتتعاطف معها بعد ثوانٍ أخرى ..أبدع بالدتشي في صياغة الشخصيات ..وأبدع خاصة في شخصية جاكسون " شخصية لا تتكرر " ..رواية جم...
  • Kelly
    My second Baldacci book and it did not disappoint! This is a fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining book...I was hooked on page one and stayed hooked through every page until the last. This would make a killer movie!
  • Miriam Smith
    I loved this book, the story line was brilliant and was one of David Baldaccis easier books to follow. A page turner from the start, I'd happily recommend this.
  • Rob
    This book promised so much but delivered so little.The first 100 pages and the last 100 pages were page turning but the bits in between just went on and on and on. The main villain is a brilliant mastermind who has devised a way to rig the national lottery. To make it work he needs people to buy lottery tickets that he guarantees will win and make the ticket holder instant millionaires. In the process he, the villain, and the ticket holders go on...
  • Jason
    Ever since school got out for the summer, oddly enough, I have been reading a lot. I picked up a few books at a local church book sale. I have heard really good things about David Baldacci (mainly because of the movie based on his book, Absolute Power) and I found this book for $.50 so I thought I would give it a try. In fact, when handing my money to the cashier at the sale, the lady said that this was her favorite David Baldacci book. She had g...
  • Aildiin
    This is one of the earlier book by David Baldacci and somehow he didn't have the mastery of his craft back then that he has now.I don't know what it is, whether it's the plot, or the characters but I stumbled through the whole book and never was captivated by the whole story and I have read a lot of the recent books by Baldacci ( like the John Puller serie or the Will Robbie and I was captivated by those and couldn't drop them).Anyway, somewhat o...
  • Patrick
    Lotto winners beware!! What an incredible concept and so very wonderfully composed by another master of the crime/thriller/mystery genre. A criminal mastermind dupes struggling women into buying lottery tickets for the monthly nationwide drawing with promises of a $100 million payoff.What happens afterwards to many of these 'winners', well, let's just say they would have been better off saying HELL NO. Not so fast, should someone turn this deprav...
  • Terri Lynn
    LouAnn Tyler is poor white Georgia trailer trash. Her parents are dead and she is a waitress at the Number One Truck Stop where she keeps her 8 month old illegitimate daughter Lisa under the counter because the child's deadbeat father Duane is a piece of alcoholic drug-ridden trash. LouAnn is 20 and dropped out of school in the 7th grade and is an idiot. LouAnn, Duane, oh yes it is Bubba and his shack up Bubbette. Then suddenly LouAnn is offered ...
  • Sandy
    LuAnn Tyler, a 20-year-old unwed mother of a baby girl trapped in poverty in rural Georgia, is offered a chance to win the (fixed) Lottery. Her fateful decision to accept the offer allows her to escape a frightening act of violence at home, but when she disobeys her handler and returns to the country after 10 years, he is determined to punish her. It’s a fast-paced thriller, and I could envision it as a movie. Perhaps in that format it could ov...
  • Bunsa
    "The Winner". Loses. My first David Baldacci book, he seems quite popular, so I though I would give one if his books a read.Maybe I chose the wrong one, but I thought this book was terrible. The one thing I will give it is that I won't call it boring; I definitely wanted to read what happened next. That being said, I also wouldn't call it "fast-paced" either. It dragged through certain areas, and then skipped through some I thought would have nee...
  • Linda Hart
    I do like reading Baldacci's mysteries. This has a unique fast-paced plot, with lots of twists and turns, and his characters are well developed. Each time I read one of his books I'm impressed with how different they are from each other and I wonder how he comes up with such varying scenarios and interesting characters. He is a very talented writer. There is no bad language and although there is a sex scene it's nothing compared toKen Follett or ...
  • Jen
    Probably my favorite Baldacci book. If you love a good mystery, this book is sure to please!
  • Nai Wang
    After reading his more recent works about special forces bad asses (Puller, Stone, Robbie) it was a culture shock to read this earlier work about an ordinary girl. I wasn't sure at first if I would like this but as the story unfolded this girl is far from ordinary and likely to join the ranks of bad asses. Great writing, narration and story development, this was one I would recommend over most of his other works. It's refreshing to read a differe...
  • Krystle Kouture
    Longer and more complex than your average bestselling thriller. Enjoyable, but not the best.
  • Victor A.
    An uneducated, dirt-poor single mom goes to an interview for what appears to be a great temporary job offer, only to find out that the real purpose of the meeting is a lottery fix. Her end of the deal? All she has to do is ask no questions, do as she's told, take her winnings and live happily ever after. There's only one hitch in the giddy-up: our heroine, Lu Ann Tyler is sharp as a tack (as we're constantly reminded by the author) and knows that...
  • Darius Murretti
    Baldacci's the best !!!
  • Marjolein
    READ IN DUTCHIt was the first book I read by David Baldacci, and I must admit I liked it. I thought it to be interesting to read and original. Some parts were not really realistic, but it didn't really seem to matter in this book. I liked it, I would even recommend it. And it made me buy another book by Baldacci, which I still need to read sometime. O, wish we had more time to read, but I guess I'm not alone...
  • Rod
    'm finished with The Winner: like the title the Winner is a Winner with Me its a stand out 5 star by David Baldacci a must read if you like a good thriller 5 stars and more if i could
  • Lino's Version
    The WinnerDavid Baldacci 1997A little verboseA little out thereA little of this and a lot of that.This book has action, a scenario that is believable – with the little touches, but some coincides that bog the story down. It is a little convoluted…and financially not too sophisticated but for 1997 is was ahead of its time.Well done and a fun summer read.PS think that I had read this but did not remember very much – is that a good thing? 3 st...
  • Sandra Jeffs
    This is a killer read. I found it in a used bookstore and bought it and couldn't put it down. The characters are real and complex and the plot is intricate. My only yuk was that the two main characters that end up together are both gorgeous. When will writers start writing about real people who look like real people. Very few of the population are gorgeous.
  • Satara
    4.5 Stars. This was my first time reading Baldacci and I really enjoyed this book. It has a fast paced plot with a lot of twists and turns. At times, it was very hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it.