Monday, August 22, 2022

First Born by Will Dean

This novel started out well. The premise was intriguing with Molly, a twin living in London, determined to unravel the mysterious death of her twin who had moved to New York. Dean fully develops the character of the London twin as she travels to New York and then works to investigate the murder. The first person point of view intensifies the hesitant and fearful personality of Molly.

There is a great twist half way through the book. It was a shock but I could somewhat see the possibility. Then, at about sixty percent through the book, there was revelation of activity prior to the opening of the novel that was just unbelievable. Suddenly I am to believe practically the opposite of what the first half of the book revealed with respect to the personality of Molly. As a reader, I felt betrayed. I like new information that reveals more along the lines of the previous plot. I don't like previous actions revealed that are quite unbelievable in light of what the author had already established.

Rarely when I agree to review a book do I not finish it but that is what happened with this one. I gave Dean, a new author to me, a chance but was disappointed. The second half of the book was just too unbelievable.

My rating: 2/5 stars.

Atria, 368 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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