Synopsis from HarperCollins:
The New York Times bestselling author of Elevator Pitch and master of psychological suspense returns with a riveting thriller in which the possible heirs of a dying tech millionaire are mysteriously being eliminated, one by one.
“Find You First starts with a bang and ends with an even bigger one. . . . It’s the best book of his career.” — Stephen King
Tech millionaire Miles Cookson has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of—except time. He has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and there is a fifty percent chance that it can be passed on to the next generation. For Miles, this means taking a long hard look at his past . . .
Two decades ago, a young, struggling Miles was a sperm donor. Somewhere out there, he has kids—nine of them. And they might be about to inherit both the good and the bad from him—maybe his fortune, or maybe something much worse.
As Miles begins to search for the children he’s never known, aspiring film documentarian Chloe Swanson embarks on a quest to find her biological father, armed with the knowledge that twenty-two years ago, her mother used a New York sperm bank to become pregnant.
When Miles and Chloe eventually connect, their excitement at finding each other is overshadowed by a series of mysterious and terrifying events. One by one, Miles’s other potential heirs are vanishing—every trace of them wiped, like they never existed at all.
Who is the vicious killer—another heir methodically erasing rivals? Or is something even more sinister going on?
It’s a deadly race against time . . .
About: Find You First is a mystery thriller written by Linwood Barclay. It will be published on 5/4/2021 by William Morrow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 448 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, suspense, crime, and fiction. The author published 20 books, among them, I have read only one other and it’s called Elevator Pitch. I loved both read so much! According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Find You First on 4/6/2021 and finished it on 4/13/2021 at 2:30am. This book was a double fantastic read! I loved the author’s way with words! A sentence that got me smiling, “who’d dabbled in more fields than Hershey’s had kisses.” I have been liking stories about sperm/egg donation recently and it’s interesting that people could have half brothers/sisters out there. This story was such a thrilling and intense read. It’s full of suspense! I loved the fast paced and mini cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. The unexpected twists were awesome! I loved the multiple point of views because it gave readers the full scope of what each person was doing and feeling. I was so invested into reading this book that I found myself having a hard time putting it down. Now at the end, I even want this story to be a bit longer. I want to read the bad guy’s shame that their secrets are exposed!
This book started with a prologue following Todd, 21, told in the third person point of view, as he tried to swindle money out of an elderly over the phone. Then Rhys and Kendra, fake detectives came knocking. They did something unexpectedly. Then the story began, 3 weeks earlier, where Dr. Alexandra informed Miles that he has Huntington’s disease. This disease doesn’t have a treatment and the question was if he has any kids because they could get the disease too. The second view was Chloe, 22 as she was about to interview her grandfather. She wanted to find out where she came from because her mom had her through sperm donor. She found her half brother through an online DNA test. The third view was Jeremy, Industrialist, as he had an RV placed into the third floor of his home. He’s wealthy and used his money to influence the powerful people so that he can get away with committing his sins. The fourth view was Marissa, Jeremy sister. Marissa just found out that there may be nieces/nephews out there that shared their DNA but Jeremy was upset with the news. The fifth view was Julie, receptionist at the sperm donation clinic. She’s having troubles keeping up with the bills. The sixth view was Gilbert, Miles’ brother who worked in Accounting department for Miles’ company. The seventh view was Caroline, Gilbert’s wife and Miles’ sister-in-law. The eighth view was Jason, one of the Nine. There are a few more views from here.
Find You First was definitely an amazing read. The humor was so good. I loved Travis’ view. He was so funny. I smiled so much reading his views. But overall, I enjoyed reading everyone’s views. The unexpected twists were awesome! So many people were involved that sometimes I wondered how they are connected. It’s a big puzzle to solve and as it turned out, I couldn’t guess who the killer was and why but it definitely made sense. Jeremy’s character will remind readers of who in real life he resembled to. So it was very interesting to read Dr. Gold’s view as well. If you have a love for bridges, Dr. Gold share your interest. This is actually the best thriller I have read this year and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: fast paced, suspense, thrilling, humor, page turner, bridges, sperm donation
About the Author:
Linwood Barclay is the author of eighteen previous novels, and two thrillers for children. A New York Times bestselling author, his books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming and his book The Accident has been made into a TV series in France. His novel No Time for Goodbye was a global bestseller. Born and raised in Connecticut, he now lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).