12 January 2021

Find You First


By Linwood Barclay

My Review

Billionaire Miles Cookson is the owner of an incredibly successful tech company. Life seems to be going his way and he's on the up and up. Recently though he's been experiencing a few health issues. Believing his symptoms to be the result of stress and overwork, he's devastated to learn he's actually dying. 

Unmarried and without children to bequeath his vast fortune to, he remembers 24 years earlier donating sperm to a fertility clinic for a bit of extra cash to make ends meet. Discovering he has nine offspring and needing to know if they've inherited his illness, he decides to track them down. He also wants to make them beneficiaries of his will. But someone is getting to them first. One by one they're disappearing. And it's as if they never existed.

Having recently enjoyed a few of Linwood Barclay's earlier novels, I was really looking forward to Find You First. I thought it was an excellent fast-paced thriller. With an unusual plot that requires the reader to suspend disbelief at times, it was a gripping page-turner that captured my imagination. The race against time scenario kept the tension mounting until the very end. And what an ending it was — in a nutshell spectacular!       

Book Source: Review copy from the publisher
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: HQ (2nd Sept 2021)

The Blurb

One will change your life.
One will end it.
Who will … FIND YOU FIRST?

It’s a deadly race against time…

Tech billionaire Miles has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of – except time. Now facing a terminal illness, Miles knows he must seize every minute to put his life in order. And that means taking a long hard look at his past.

Somewhere out there, Miles has children. And they might be about to inherit both the good and bad from him – possibly his fortune, or possibly something more sinister.

So Miles decides to track down his missing children. But a vicious killer is one step ahead of him. One by one, people are vanishing. Not just disappearing, every trace of them is wiped.

The Author

Linwood Barclay, a New York Times bestselling author and with nearly twenty novels to his credit, spent three decades in newspapers before turning full time to writing thrillers. His books have been translated into more than two dozen language, sold millions of copies, and he counts Stephen King among his fans. Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, a series has been made in France, and he wrote the screenplay for the film based on his novel Never Saw it Coming. 

Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives near Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children.

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