Heads You Win

Heads You Win

Book - 2018 | First edition
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When Alex's father is assassinated by the KGB, he and his mother flip a coin to decide whether to flee to America, or Great Britain. This epic tale spans thirty years, as we follow Alex's struggle to conquer his new world as an immigrant, and his eventual decision to face the past in Russia.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250172501
Branch Call Number: FIC Arche
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 25 cm

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gloryb
Jan 07, 2021

As my first Archer book, I was disappointed in the "heads you win" concept of the story. I was, actually confused. After the introduction which promised a good read, the chapters alternate telling the life of 2 Russian teens immigrating from the Leningrad docks as stowaways with their mothers on two different ships, one going to US while the other goes to London. I lost interest in this rags to riches to story, but I did scan the novel at different parts to see how the story progressed. I guess I was expecting a different kind of novel from Archer. This story is just too long.

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lesleyvpl
Oct 24, 2020

Not great.

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rdhdawn94
Oct 18, 2019

2/20/2020

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KIWIGRAN
Aug 17, 2019

This was my first Jeffrey Archer book and I was pleasantly surprised by his work. I shall be reading more of his books in the future.
I found Heads You Win to be an puzzling but exciting read. Archer is a great story teller and the ending left me 'gob smacked' as I hadn't expected it. He has the ability to keep the reader intrigued and to keep wanting to turn to the next page.

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natalkaanna
Jul 28, 2019

The ending ruined the whole book. I actually read the Sasha parts first and then the Alexander parts. I enjoyed the book reading it that way but when the ending came and I couldn't figure out who was on the plane that crashed, it ruined the whole book for me.

A bit difficult to get into the plot. Interesting middle bits but really short changed us with the ending.

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alan1953
Apr 08, 2019

Idiotic plot with a predictable ending. Mr Archer is well past his sell by date.

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DW_kcls
Mar 17, 2019

I was never a fan of English authors until my first Jeffrey Archer book. I wasn't sure of what to make of Heads You Win when I first started it, but it didn't take me long to stop caring because it is THAT GOOD.

I found the ending a bit confusing even knowing that the book chapters alternated between the outcomes that could/would have been when that coin was tossed and I was a bit disappointed after the inside cover flap claim of

With a final twist that will shock even most ardent fans.

in as much as anyone with a modicum of interest in current events could and would have figured that out.

I enjoyed the references to The Clifton Chronicles and although I hope this would be the start of a new series, but because of the fact that it, like The Clifton Chronicles is historically based, I believe that history might be much too current to have too many more books to follow Heads You Win.

Note: I was only able to finish Heads You Win in a day because we were stuck in a 34 hour power outage!

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kcarew26
Feb 27, 2019

Very similar to the Clifton Chronicles. Just so so.

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McAnnieG
Feb 21, 2019

Loved the ending - the whole book was amazing!

Alexander and his mother Elena escape communist Russia hidden in a case of vodka smuggled into the hold of one of two ships sailing out of Leningrad. One ship heads to England while the other ship heads to America.

The story splits into two parallel lives: Sasha & Elena arrive in London while Alex & Elena arrive in New York City. Each of their lives over the next thirty years are told of the milestones in their lives as the chapters change between Sasha & Alex.

I won't spoil the plot by saying any more about this wonderfully ingenious plot.

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