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First Lie Wins

Written by: Ashley Elston
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
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REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK | INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“This fast-paced read has everything you could want in a thriller: secret identities, a mysterious boss and a cat & mouse game that kept me guessing the whole way through.”—Reese Witherspoon

Evie Porter has everything a nice, Southern girl could want: a perfect, doting boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence and a garden, a fancy group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist.

The identity comes first: Evie Porter. Once she’s given a name and location by her mysterious boss Mr. Smith, 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.

Evie isn’t privy to Mr. Smith’s real identity, but she knows this job will be different. Ryan has gotten under her skin, and she’s starting to envision a different sort of life for herself. But Evie can’t make any mistakes—especially after what happened last time.

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. Evie Porter must stay one step ahead of her past while making sure there’s still a future in front of her. The stakes couldn't be higher—but then, Evie has always liked a challenge...

©2024 Ashley Elston (P)2024 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“This fast-paced read has everything you could want in a thriller: secret identities, a mysterious boss and a cat & mouse game that kept me guessing the whole way through.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club January ’24 Pick)

“The cleverly crafted plot and whip-smart protagonist mean you won’t know who to trust in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. . . Riveting.”Reader's Digest

“Ashley Elston handles a highly complicated plot with the assurance of someone who has been writing psychological suspense all her life. . . No wonder Reese Witherspoon has made First Lie Wins her book club choice for this month.”Sunday Times (London)

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An exciting read that keep you guessing all the way to the very last words!

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Couldn't stop listening!

Really great book, highly recommend! Interesting characters, plot and great narration too. Definitely worth a listen.

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I enjoyed the twists, the turns and the way the level of tension is maintained

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Good, Smart and Totally Engrossing

A fabulously entertaining story set in the southern USA about an underground gang of fixers who practise long and short cons to do the jobs they're assigned to by their boss, the incognito Mister Smith, whom they only 'know' by his voice, run through sound distortion. I enjoyed every minute of this intelligent twisty thriller. Saskia Maarleveld continues to enthral with her award-winning narration. If her name's on it, it'll be good, smart and totally engrossing. This is my first exposure to author Ashley Elston, and it will not be my last. I could not have asked for better as my first read of new books published in year 2024. It did nothing to disappoint, from nonstop action to a terrific ending. Happy New Year!

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Not being a fan of books that are all over the place, I found it difficult to follow the plot line. It was an okay read and can’t say that I would buy it again.

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Couldn’t stop listening!

This book is really good and I couldn’t stop listening. It is a really good cat and mouse game that keeps you guessing until the very end: and what an ending! The narration is the BEST!

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So many twists!

I loved everything about this book! I was hooked after the first chapter! I only wish it would have been longer I wasn’t ready to say goodbye!

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Really edgy and cool

This book is so engaging, I finished listening in a couple days. I love how the timeline is structured going between her past and present, each moment being relevant to the plot thickening and turning.

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Creative and interesting!

A good page turner! Could not wait to find out the next secret and the mystery behind it.

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The twist!

Love the suspense and twist of the story! Very well written. You get attached to the characters.

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