Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for First Born by Will Dean as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Jenny at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
The last thing a twin expects is to be alone….
Molly lives a quiet, contained life in London. Naturally risk averse, she gains comfort from security and structure. Every day the same.
Her identical twin, Katie, is her exact opposite: gregarious and spontaneous. They used to be inseparable, until Katie moved to New York a year ago. Molly still speaks to her daily without fail.
But when Molly learns that Katie has died suddenly in New York, she is thrown into unfamiliar territory. Katie is part of her DNA. As terrifying as it is, she must go there and find out what happened. As she tracks her twin’s last movements, cracks begin to emerge. Nothing is what it seems. And a web of deceit is closing around her.
If I could pick three words to describe First Born they would be… Unexpected. Dark. Gripping.
So, I’m going to be as vague as I can regarding the plot because I’d hate to ruin even a tiny bit of this book. What I will say is that I was kept on my toes and treated to a very dark and twisted journey. The whole story just wrapped itself around me. I had plenty of questions and I needed the answers. Some I had my suspicions about and others were a complete surprise. I just loved the fact my brain was working as fast as it could to go through various scenarios!
First Born was almost like two books in one with the first half creating a tense, slow burn but at the same time there was this strong and insistent pull. Then the second half took me on a whirlwind trip of secrets, lies and truths. The whole story worked brilliantly with characters that demanded attention. I found the twin aspect definitely held an intriguing and complex edge. You get to experience the closeness that is shared but also the differences between them. Then add in a setting that provided a rich back drop to everything that takes place. All of this combined to create a story that at times pulled the rug out from under me but always entertained.