‘ONE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
ONE WILL END IT
FIND YOU FIRST’
[ About the Book ]
It’s a deadly race against time…
Tech billionaire Miles has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of – except time. Now facing a terminal illness, Miles knows he must seize every minute to put his life in order. And that means taking a long hard look at his past.
Somewhere out there, Miles has children. And they might be about to inherit both the good and bad from him – possibly his fortune, or possibly something more sinister.
So Miles decides to track down his missing children. But a vicious killer is one step ahead of him. One by one, people are vanishing. Not just disappearing, every trace of them is wiped.
[ My Review ]
Find You First by Linwood Barclay was just published, February 4th, with HQ Stories and is described as an ‘electrifying new thriller’ from the #1 Sunday Times bestseller. With a premise that intrigued me, I dived into this action-packed novel last weekend, one in which Linwood Barclay unleashes his imagination with gusto.
Mike is a man who has everything at his disposal. An extremely successful business man, he has money to burn but Mike’s life changes the day he receives the dreadful news that he has a terminal and genetically inherited disease. All the money in the world cannot cure him but what it can do is help him to look for the children he knows are out there somewhere carrying his DNA. He hopes to be given the opportunity to prepare them for their future by sharing his knowledge of this potentially life-threatening illness with them and also, by sharing some of his own personal wealth. But, as soon as Mike starts his search for these children, now adults, he discovers that someone is always one step ahead of him. People are vanishing without a trace and Mike is confused as to why. Has he angered someone through his business or personal dealings? Is this some sort of twisted revenge? Mike intends to find out. The more anxious and agitated Mike gets, the more his symptoms are aggravated, which hampers his progress. With a couple of good people by his side, Mike slowly begins to uncover something very sinister but, as the tentacles seem to be spread very far and very high up the political and social ladder, who can he now trust?
There is a very malevolent and sleazy character in this story who you can’t but compare to someone in the media in recent times. This individual will stoop to the lowest level to achieve a hold over politicians, royalty, celebrities, business tycoons and many other strata of society. To the world he is philanthropic, a friend, a generous man but he is living behind a false veneer and has many in the media fooled. For reasons that eventually become clear, Mike gets caught up in this man’s world and his dirty activities, and a cat and mouse game begins.
Find You First is packed full with twists and turns, and a few red herrings, to keep the reader on their toes. As Mike races across America to unravel this complex situation he finds himself in, he begins to realise the important things in life. He has an epiphany of sorts as he looks into his soul, understanding the loneliness of his life to date. Mike is a man on a mission and nothing will stop him achieving his goal….nothing!
Find You First is a race against time and really grabs the attention. One does have to completely park reality and let the imagination be stretched quite widely. My advice is to just embrace this book for what it is. It’s a roller-coaster, fast-paced, no questions asked, action-packed thriller. It’s pure escapism, pure entertainment, something that many of us are looking for right now.
[ Bio ]
Linwood Barclay, a New York Times bestselling author with twenty novels to his credit, spent three decades in newspapers before turning full time to writing thrillers. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages, sold millions of copies, and he counts Stephen King among his fans. Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, a series has been made in France, and he wrote the screenplay for the film based on his novel Never Saw it Coming. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives near Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children.
Website ~ Linwood Barclay – Official Website of the International Bestselling Author
Twitter ~ @linwood_barclay