First Born by Will Dean #BookReview #Hodder&Stoughton #NetGalley #5*

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.


Delivering the same intensity of pace and storytelling that made THE LAST THING TO BURN a word-of-mouth sensation, FIRST BORN will surprise, shock and enthral.

A Spectacular Tale!

Now here’s a book which will blow your socks off!

Molly is a bit of an introvert – the opposite to her identical twin sister, Katie. Inseparable until Katie moved to New York a year ago, they still spoke on a daily basis until, that is, Katie is found dead in her apartment and, much as Molly doesn’t ‘do’ travel, she knows that she has to go there and do what she can to find out what happened to her other half. But no one said it was going to be easy . . .

My first thoughts on picking this one up were ‘how on earth is Will Dean going to follow ‘Last Thing to Burn’ – a novel which I have recommended many times over; but follow it he does – and then some! I felt Molly’s pain as she began to do what little she could to help the police in the Big Apple to discover what happened to her sister and I wasn’t entirely sure that she was going to get to the crux of the matter. However, this is a novel full of surprises with even one or two shocks along the way! A spectacular tale, beautifully written as always and one which has left me in awe of the author’s ability to weave such a wonderful story. Five sparkling stars and my very highest recommendation; it will not disappoint!

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.

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