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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Elevator Pitch and master of psychological suspense returns with a riveting thriller in which the possible heirs of a dying tech millionaire are mysteriously being eliminated, one by one.

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

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 50 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 22 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’ 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? It’s a deadly race against time....

©2021 Linwood Barclay (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Another great book

Linwood Barclay didn’t disappoint! Didn’t want it to end and had me guessing right to the end! Can’t wait for my next credit to find another if his books.

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Couldn’t bear to pause…

This book will keep you engaged and guessing right to the end. Excellent narrator, well thought out plot, great characters.

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A Great Ride

Linwood Barclay weaves together a tapestry of unseemly relationships that culminates in a wild collisions. love to see this turn into a movie.

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Good read

liked the story, found one character a bit far fetched but overall it was a good book.

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Entertaining

I spent over 20 hours in the car and was delighted with my choice of this book
it made the time fly by
Linwood Barclay does NOT disappoint with this story and the narrators performance of the characters was fabulous
i read over 100 books each year and this was one of my favourites this year
highly recommend

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Barclay at his best

Linwood Barclay, by this point, has a formula he uses to pen down nail-biting suspense thrillers. There are several people from different walks of life. Rich and poor, politically influential and the barely noticeable, old and young to name a few. All live their separate lives but at some point, their lives intersect all at once and something always goes wrong. Barclay has definitely honed his skills in the art of finesse and provides minute, sometimes mundane, details that add that little bit extra to character development and build-up towards a great climax.

This book is no exception. There are no Cal Weaver and Barry Duckworth but its another roller coaster ride that you don't want to stop.

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Loved it!

Great storyline! Was sad that it ended. Would have liked more differentiation between character voices, but overall loved it! My favorite Barclay book so far!

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Gaspingly good story! Misophonics beware.

Story: The story itself was very enjoyable. Like most of LB's other books, it's an easy listen with interesting characters and a fairly compelling storyline. I wasn't bored once while listening to it.

Narration: I have a touch of misophonia; I'm quite sensitive to certain sounds like sniffing, mouth-smacking when eating, and of course heavy breathing noises, to the point that I get unreasonably tense/anxious/irritated. Unfortunately this narrator had the habit of gasping loudly for breath after most sentences, and sometimes even in the middle of a sentence. It drove me nuts and made me want to return the book multiple times. I only kept going because I was really enjoying the story and wanted to see how it ended. I basically could only listen while driving and at a low volume, so the background driving sounds toned down or partially drowned out the gasping noises. I'm really surprised that the sound editor didn't notice this, or that the narrator wasn't instructed early on to stop gasping. Seriously, at some points it sounded like someone had been holding his head underwater and he had been unable to breathe for several minutes.

Other than that, the narration was passable. His voice was pleasant to listen to but there was very little effort made to distinguish between the voices of all the different characters.

It's totally worth a listen if you can ignore the gasping!

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Light and entertaining.

The narrator spoke at a good pace but did not distinguish between characters, even male and female. Was pretty easy to figure out. A nice light read for summer.

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Great story

Don’t miss a second of this narrative. It has more twists than a snake with arthritis.

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  • 2021-05-06

Always a solid story from Lynwood Barclay...


This is one of those authors I can always count on for a good mystery. In the vein of Harlan Coben this author takes a “normal“ every day occurrence and makes a menacing story that captivates until the end.
The publisher’s summary is very comprehensive and gives away almost too much of the story. I won’t add to this or I might as well tell the ending!
The characters are believable and fleshed out. They’re flawed and don’t always make the right decisions which makes them more endearing and realistic. The plot is plausible if not feasible.
George Newbern does a great job narrating.
This book is VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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  • Wade Lancaster
  • 2021-06-10

Back On Track

Sorry, but Barclay’s last book was highly over-rated. And I’m kinda tired of seeing Stephen King give every Barclay and his other favorite authors trumped up reviews. I don’t trust his reviews much anymore. Critics with starred reviews fare a little better because that designation isn’t handed out that often. And readers on the audible app seem to have hyper-inflated reviews.

Taking this into consideration, Barclay does deliver the goods with Find You First. It is easily one of his more complex books with above average characterizations. And in a rare moment, Stephen King is right-this book is probably Barclays best book yet. His writing has improved especially when he is providing dialogue for his characters as well as when he develops more complex plot twists.

Additionally, Newbern is excellent as the narrator. He brings the characters to life by providing well-developed, unique voices to the many characters in Find You First.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading his books again in the future.

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Goodreads Recommended

A good read. I was a little worried that a large cast would abandon readers like me - readers with no short-term memory. But the author and narrator both did an excellent job of keeping names and relationships upfront while continuing the storyline.

I believe this is my first ride with this author; based on this novel I will likely return.

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  • Khalil Mayes
  • 2021-06-20

WOW!!

I love a good mystery and this checked all the boxes. I had no idea what was going on until the Author decided to reveal it. I know that is the goal of all mystery novels, but too many of them give away the farm with a weak plot. I have read many of Linwood Barclays books and this one is on par with how brilliant these books are. I highly recommend it.

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  • Michael
  • 2021-09-03

Not bad

Good character development but way too many actors to keep track of. Story got a little off the rails towards end with some nonsensical actions by characters.
But I did listen to all of it.

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  • Mary Patten
  • 2021-06-06

Excellent!

This was my first of his and I'll be looking for others. A great read. Twisty all the way. Grabbed me from the first page and didn't disappoint.

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  • Riley
  • 2021-08-23

Find you Firat

I thought that the book took a bit to catch speed. It turned out better than I would have thought. I laughed out loud while I was driving at a few of the dry jokes at the end.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2021-05-19

Fabulous!

This took me a short while to get completely engrossed but when I was…wow! Every time I figured out what was going to happen, the book moved in a different direction. It was marvelous.

The characters were brilliantly written. The narration, which I initially found a bit annoying, turned out to be delightful. And a Winnebago ??? I loved this book.

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  • Jonathan T. Jefferson
  • 2021-08-12

Very Clever Thrill Ride

Right when you think you've solved the mysteries, they change. thoroughly entertaining and fun read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-08-02

AMAZING

Wowwww this book was amazing, I literally could not stop listening. So many twists and turns throughout you didn’t know where the story was going. Such a good listen!!

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