Book Review: First Born

Author: Will Dean

Rating: 3 stars

Book Blurb: 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.

I read this on the beach while visiting the mom-in-law. I have had good success reading thrillers on the beach. Something about the waves, the sand and the tension of trying to figure out the mystery while someone’s life is in danger… so I made the spontaneous decision to put aside my current reads and check this one out.

I have mixed feelings.

Let me start with the positives: This book started off well, it was engaging. It kept me turning the pages trying to figure out what happened. Red Herrings all over the place. Then, at exactly the 50 percent mark, a twist happened that made me put down my Kindle and stare at the ocean for a few minutes in shock. I did NOT see it coming. I was impressed.

And I would have remained impressed if that twist was it. But there was one more that was just… no. It deflated my enjoyment of the book. Why? Why try so hard?

This book is dark so be forewarned. I have said in the past that I purposely do not pick up this type of thriller. The problem with twisty thrillers is that you do not know what type you are actually reading until you are invested. Probably why I am hit or miss with them. I have friends that will enjoy reading this book, I will make them aware of it. And to its credit, I never wanted to DNF the book.

Recommend to those who like dark and twisty thrillers.


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