Find You First: From the international bestselling author of books like Elevator Pitch comes the most gripping crime thriller of 2021 Paperback – 3 February 2021
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- Publisher : HQ Fiction GB (3 February 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008332053
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008332051
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 59,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Find You First starts with a bang and ends with an even bigger one. Barclay is a terrific writer, but he’s outdone himself with this. It’s the best book of his career. I couldn’t put it down, and you won’t be able to either. If you enjoy thrillers, this is the real deal. It never lets up’ STEPHEN KING
‘A full-throttle powerhouse of a thriller – Linwood Barclay is in a class of his own’ T.M. LOGAN
‘Barclay has a knack for turning news stories or social trends into rambunctious black-comedy thrillers full of sharply drawn fools and knaves’ SUNDAY TIMES, THRILLER OF THE MONTH
‘Fizzes along the entertainment highway … Barclay nimbly keeps the engine racing’ THE TIMES
'A relentlessly tense thriller … there's plenty of the sardonic humour that came to the fore in Mr Barclay's previous novel Elevator Pitch … the comedy enhances the edgy atmosphere’ THE TIMES CRIME CLUB
‘A fast-moving, high-concept thriller from the talented Barclay … a rip-roaring rollercoaster of a ride’ DAILY MAIL
‘Linwood Barclay’s thrillers move at breakneck speed … pacy, exciting’ WOMAN & HOME
'Another gripping thriller from bestselling master of tension Linwood Barclay' HELLO!
‘A pacy rollercoaster of a ride … in true Linwood style, the story gains momentum until you literally can’t turn the pages quick enough … This book has everything!’ WOMAN’S WEEKLY
‘I always find myself well and truly robbed of a peaceful night’s sleep after turning the pages of Linwood’s books … what is so unsettling about his novels is just how real they feel’ YOURS
‘A tense, nail-biting thriller’ MY WEEKLY
‘[A] pacy rollercoaster of a ride … this book has everything!’ WOMAN
‘You can bank on Barclay for cunning plots and believable characters’ THE SUN
‘A tightly plotted tale that moves at a helter-skelter pace’ BEST
From the international bestselling author of books like Elevator Pitch comes the most gripping crime thriller of 2021
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I was so happy to finally get this book from the library. And after finishing it I am happy to report that I think this is one of Barclay’s best ones yet! It was a crazy ride of a mad cap adventure with some laugh out loud moments and I think it is best enjoyed if you don’t take it too seriously or expect too much plausibility.
Miles Cookson is the extremely wealthy owner of an app development company. At 42 years of age he doesn’t worry too much about his future. But a visit to the doctor to query some odd coordination issues leads to a diagnosis of Huntington’s disease. It is incurable and patients invariably die after a slow decline. Cookson was gobsmacked, devastated and morose. After a period of indulging in a few vices he remembers the doctor’s words when he said “at least you don’t have children” because of course there is a high chance of passing it on. And he remembers when he was a young man in college desperate to make a bit of extra money so he made a sperm donation for payment. He wonders how many children he has out there and decides to do some good. He plans to track them down and divide up his fortune to his offspring, along with a few other specific bequests. Of course that sort of information is tightly held but Cookson knows that his money will buy him the info.
Meanwhile we meet some of the nine children who are all around 20 give or take a few years and we learn that some of them are being killed. Cookson hooks up with Chloe first as she is the closest. She had already learned she had a half brother through a DNA testing site, Todd Cox, and the two of them had already met. Chloe took ‘dad’ to meet Todd but there was no Todd. In fact his trailer home had been completely cleared out and almost forensically cleaned. WTF? Cookson has his staff tracking down the other offspring and he and Chloe notice the pattern.
Meanwhile the action continues among the offspring, the fertility clinic which is still in operation, the hit men who have been dispatched to kill the children, another wealthy and eccentric man called Jeremy Pritkin who has a taste for very young women, and the Miles Cookson cavalcade which includes a very large black woman as driver who doubles as bodyguard and of course the remaining children. Oh and Miles’s sister-in-law Caroline who will do almost anything to get her hands on the inheritance. She is livid that Miles is not leaving the bulk of his fortune to his brother Gilbert and, by extension, herself!
It really was a crazy ride and I loved every minute of it. The dialogue was sparkling and very funny. Miles is a funny guy - brilliant and blunt! Chloe is wise beyond her years and also very funny. She is very aware of the limitations of her poor upbringing but is still as smart as a whip. What she isn’t is gullible, her feet are very firmly planted on the ground. There were a lot of characters in this story so I made notes which helped keep everyone straight. All in all it was a fantastic read, not too heavy, nothing gratuitous but still heaps of drama, action and excitement and lots of fun. Highly recommended.
Single multi millionaire Miles Cookson discovers that he has a terminal illness that can be passed down through generations. Although he is not a father, over 20 years ago when he was struggling for cash he donated sperm. Now he wants to find and children that were born from that decision.As well as warning them about his illness he wants to share his wealth with them. But somebody else is looking for them, and wiping away all evidence of their existence.
Thriller readers you need to get your hands on this one.
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As far as plot is concerned, Linwood Barclay has the kit and took the classes: he learned about Advanced Cliff-Hangers, Plausible Coincidences and Amusing Payoffs.
Alas, he missed Character; in fact, he appears to have goofed off during Character 101.
But wait! He's an international best-seller! He gets a front cover endorsement from Stephen King!
Now King knows all about The Double: the writer who can plot AND create believable, rounded characters to work their way around same. There are relatively few of these, so few that the best of them are acknowledged literary masters: Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene... great writers who have millions of fans.
Stephen King can lay claim to being one of their few inheritors: the popular writer with a touch of depth and class.
Linwood Barclay belongs strictly to the David Baldacci school: plots are fair-to-medium, at times clever (not in this case, though) and the characters... well, the characters don't exist. They are ciphers, puppets working their way around a story already planned, with moderate skill, by their creator.
Why is this important? To millions of readers, it probably isn't. They want to enter the fairground and have a go on the machinery and that, of course, is fine. But it's a lot more fun to ride the roller-coaster of a great thriller in the company of OTHER HUMAN BEINGS. For this, try Maugham, Greene, Scott Fitzgerald and handful of contemporary writers like King plus, alas, very few others. So few, in fact, that we're forever waiting for another one to come along.
Could it be you? Look at Barclay: his plotting (here at least) vin ordinaire, his characters insipid — yet he actually has a book deal and a following! Puzzled? Me too. But, on the bright side, I'm inspired and newly-motivated. I'll be sharpening my pencils, and my wits.