Find You First
by Linwood Barclay

Before I get into the review, let me begin by saying a huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada, William Morrow Books, and Linwood Barclay for sending me a complimentary review copy of Find You First, which was published on May 4, 2021.

I could not contain my excitement when Find You First showed up on my doorstep because Linwood Barclay has been an auto-buy and auto-read author for me for the past ten years.  He is the author who made me fall in love with the adult crime/thriller/suspense genre when I picked up his book No Time for Goodbye in 2009, so to be receiving an ARC—advanced reader copy—of his latest book is seriously this reader’s dream come true.

Now for my review… where do I even begin? To put it simply, this was such a fun and thrilling read and I could not put it down!   Barclay hooks you in with a creepy prologue and keeps you completely entertained through to the last page.  Find You First is fast-paced, action-packed and full of surprises.  Barclay is a master at writing suspenseful stories filled with unexpected twists and turns that you never see coming but eventually tie together in the most perfect way.  I can honestly say that I had no idea where the story was headed or how events and certain characters were connected.  Whenever I thought I knew what was going to happen, or who the culprit was, I turned out to be completely wrong—and that’s what I enjoy so much about his books, that I never really know what’s coming. 

Read below for the full synopsis ↓


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?

In addition to his amazing storylines and twisty plots, Barclay writes characters that feel so real and have such unique personalities.  I absolutely loved the two main characters: Mike Cookson (dying tech millionaire) and Chloe Swanson (one of the nine heirs).  Their character traits and personalities mesh so well together when they meet each other and team up to figure out what the heck is going on with the other eight.  Miles was sarcastic but loveable while Chloe was curious, independent and sweet.  Miles and Chloe make the perfect father-daughter duo. 

I will add, however, that there are A LOT of characters in this book.  It was a little overwhelming at first (although it did not deter from the overall enjoyment of the book) but once I sorted out who was who, it was smooth sailing.  You’ll find that there are plenty of both likeable and unlikeable characters in this book.

If you haven’t read this book, or any of Barclay’s book yet, I highly recommend that you do so because you will not be disappointed!

Find You First starts with a bang and ends with an even bigger one. . . . It’s the best book of his career.
— Stephen King


Find You First is a fast-paced and action-packed thriller. Barclay is a master at writing suspenseful stories filled with twists and turns that you never see coming. You will not be disappointed!

— Rebekah Dolmat

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