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First Lie Wins

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2nd January 2024

Price: £24.99

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Selected: Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781472295361

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The No. 1 New York Times bestseller, Sunday Times Thriller of the Month, and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick 2024. Soon to be a major TV series.


You meet a stranger at a party. She looks like you, sounds like you. Even has your name…

Everything she is about to tell them is a lie…

Evie Porter has everything a girl could want: a doting boyfriend, a house with a picket fence, a fun group of friends.

The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist.

First comes the identity. Once she’s given a name and location by her employer, she learns everything there is to know about the town and the people in it.

Then the mark: Ryan Sumner.

The last piece of the puzzle is the job. For Evie, this job feels different. Ryan has gotten under her skin and she’s started to picture another kind of life for herself – one where her boss doesn’t pull the strings. But Evie can’t make any mistakes. Because the one thing she’s worked her entire life to keep clean, the one identity she could always go back to – her real identity – just walked right into this town. A woman, who looks just like her, has stolen her name – and she wants more. As Evie’s past begins to catch up with her, can she stay one step ahead to save her future?

‘This has everything you could want in a thriller… I did NOT expect that ending’ REESE WITHERSPOON

‘The best cat and mouse suspense I’ve read. I’m still breathless’ LISA GARDNER

‘I devoured it. Absolutely brilliant’ HEIDI PERKS

‘Unexpected and pacy. A brilliant central character’ HARRIET TYCE

‘An absolute CRACKER of a book’ RACHEL ABBOTT

‘A clever, high-stakes now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t thriller’ A J FINN

‘Clever, twisty, and suspenseful. Kept me on my toes right up to the end’ DIANE CHAMBERLAIN

‘Gripping. I loved every minute’ MARY KUBICA

‘Smart, fast-paced and twisty… kept me on the edge of my seat’ MEGAN MIRANDA

‘Will consume you… I devoured it’ JULIE CLARK

‘The most suspenseful game of deception I’ve ever read. Brilliant’ ELLE COSIMANO

(P)2024 Penguin Audio


<b>Lisa Gardner</b>
Buckle up . . . the best cat and mouse suspense I've read in years
<b>Megan Miranda</b>
Smart and sharp, fast-paced and twisty, this kept me on the edge of my seat
<b>Julie Clark</b>
Wildly inventive, diabolically clever
<b>Elle Cosimano</b>
The most suspenseful game of deception I've ever read. Brilliant!
<b>Diane Chamberlain</b>
Clever, twisty, and suspenseful, First Lie Wins kept me on my toes right up to the satisfying conclusion
<b>A.J. Finn</b>
What a box of tricks! First Lie Wins flickers past like a shadow-play: just when you think you've worked out what you're seeing, the shapes shift, the scene transforms, and - hold on - maybe you had it wrong a moment ago? Cool and clever and full-on fun, the sort of slippery high-stakes now-you-see-me-now-you-don't thriller that few novelists are bold enough to attempt these days. Pick it up, please. This is a good one
<b>Harriet Tyce</b>
Unexpected and pacey
<b>Rachel Abbott</b>
An absolute CRACKER of a book
<b>Heidi Perks</b>
I devoured it. Absolutely brilliant
<b><i>Daily Mail</i></b>
Strikingly ingenious
<b>Cesca Major</b>
A propulsive, note-perfect thriller
Twisty and fast-paced
Mind-blowingly brilliant
<b>Sarah Morgan</b>
Brilliant. I read it in one sitting. If you love twisty thrillers, this one is for you
<b><i>I News</i></b>
The kind of jaw-droppingly twisty read you stay up all night for
<b><i>SHOTs Magazine</i></b>
An outstanding psychological thriller... this could well be the best read of 2024
<b><i>New York Times</i></b>
Edgy and smart
<b><i>Prima Magazine</i></b>
This will have you turning the pages at speed
A great title to choose for a book club of thriller lovers
<b><i>Crime Monthly</i></b>
A break neck thrill ride
<b>Lucy Foley</b>
<b>Reese Witherspoon</b>
This has everything you want in the thriller
<b><i>Sunday Times</i></b>
Twisty and exhilarating
<b><i>Crime Time</i></b>
A clever blend of GONE GIRL and KILLING EVE... Terribly ingenious and a gripping read, this is one to savour