Author: Will Dean
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Released: July 5, 2022
Received: Own (BOTM)
Warnings: Predatory behavior, stalking, obsessive fears
First Born, ironically enough, is the first novel I’ve read by Will Dean. So I didn’t know what to expect going into this read. Though naturally, I hoped for a thrilling tale that left me spooked. Isn’t that what everyone hopes for when diving into a new thriller?
Molly and Katie are twins, but they couldn’t be more different. One is outgoing, free-spirited, and adventurous. The other is terrified of the world, hesitant to try new things, and unwilling to let go of what she loves.
It’s a recipe for disaster, as one twin leaves to explore the world. Molly should have been jealous of Katie leaving – yet the news of her twin’s death seemed to reinforce all the fears Molly has struggled with her whole life.
“I am half a person. The darkest half.”
Huh. I’ve read a lot of thrillers over the years (and I do mean a lot!), but I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like First Born. If I’m being honest, I can’t quite decide how I feel about that.
On the one hand, that final twist at the end was a doozy! On the other hand, the only way for that twist to be perfectly obfuscated was for the narrator to lie to us. I don’t appreciate being outright lied to, only to imply that it’s just a creative spin on what happened.
If we overlook that bit, First Born is a captivating read. It had me on the edge of my seat, forcing me to try and figure out what happened to the twin – and why. There were so many questions that needed to be answered!
Ultimately, I would have to say that this is one of those thrillers that falls under the “great premise, subpar ending” category for me. Maybe I’m just getting too fussy?
Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks | Quirky Cat’s Comics | The Book Review Crew | Monkeys Fighting Robots | Storygraph | Bookhype | Bookstagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Reedsy