Monday, July 4, 2022

First Born by Will Dean

From the acclaimed author of The Last Thing to Burn, a psychological thriller about the dark secrets that emerge when a woman’s twin sister is murdered, with his signature “intense, gripping, taut, terrifying, moving, and brilliant” (Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author) prose.

Sisters. Soulmates. Strangers.

Molly Raven lives a quiet, structured life in London, finding comfort in security and routine. Her identical twin Katie, living in New York, is the exact opposite: outgoing, spontaneous, and adventurous.

But when Molly hears that Katie has died, possibly murdered, she is thrown into unfamiliar territory. As terrifying as it is, she knows she must travel across the ocean and find out what happened. But as she tracks her twin’s final movements, cracks begin to emerge, and she slowly realizes her sister was not who she thought she was and there’s a dangerous web of deceit surrounding the two of them.

Paperback 368 pages
Expected publication July 5, 2022
by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
3.5/5 stars

Will Dean is an author I heard about through his previous book, The Last Thing to Burn.  I haven't read it yet but it does come highly recommended.

First Born might have gotten off to a slow start for me but it was still rather intriguing. I was advised of a twist at the halfway mark which kept me reading. The twist took me totally by surprise which in turn opened the door to more questions and kept me turning the pages.

Ultimately First Born is a story about the relationship between twin sisters. With glimpses into the past one realises the differences between Molly and Katie (KT) and slowly the mystery unravels. There were many times I had to suspend my belief but the author made me genuinely curious about this story.  It had the surprise ending and though I still had questions I was satisfied.   Also I might not have connected with the characters but this still was an entertaining read.

First Born releases today and available for purchase.

My thanks to Atria Books for a print arc in exchange for a honest review.

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