Thursday 21 December 2023

Review - First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston
Publisher: Headline
Release date: 2 January 2024
Back cover blurb: 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?

If my first read of 2024 is anything to go by then it's going to be a fabulous year for reading! 

Okay, so technically I read it in 2023, but let's not let minor details distract us...

First Lie Wins is a brilliantly written and unique thriller, focusing on Evie Porter and her less than conventional relationship with her boyfriend Ryan. 

I really found this to be a refreshing and original read and I look forward to more from this author. 

From the outside, their relationship is perfect. Evie Porter has everything she ever wanted, a doting boyfriend, an idyllic house in a safe, affluent neighbourhood and a job that pays well. Except, it is clear from the off that Evie hasn't been entirely honest with Ryan about who she is, but why would she jeopardise their relationship in that way?

Evie is no stranger to telling lies. 

In fact she has made a career out of it. A dangerous one at that, and unfortunate, unsuspecting Ryan is part of her latest 'job'. Ryan has something that her boss wants badly, and Evie must do her best to get it.

She knows its her last chance to prove herself, despite being one the best assets her boss has, her last job went wrong, and Evie needs to make it up to him, and prove that she is still worthy of the money that he throws her way.

One day she knows she'll leave the 'game' and settle down into the life that her Mother wanted for her, which deep down Evie wants too. But for now, she must be content with making her latest job a success no matter how many times she has to lie to Ryan.

But despite having been in the same position a million times before, for some reason Evie finds it harder to mislead Ryan than anyone before him. And then she realises that its because she could genuinely see herself having a life with him. 

She must get those thoughts of her head if she's to complete the job successfully, and make it out alive...

First Lie Wins is available to pre-order now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

x Vicky-Leigh x

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