Certain suspense writers have a knack for producing moreish popcorn thrillers, and Lindwood Barclay is one of those for me. Find You First is his latest, and in it, Barclay delivers his usual mix of textured characters, sharp writing, and edge-of-your-seat thrills.
When Miles Cookson (a slightly self-obsessed but essentially good-natured tech billionaire) is diagnosed with a (hereditary) terminal illness, he has (I think we can relate) a bit of a meltdown. He goes skydiving and considers not deploying his parachute before remembering that back in his strapped-for-cash days, he supplemented his income with donations to a sperm bank. Because he’s essentially a good guy, Miles pulls some strings (bribes the receptionist at the fertility clinic) and tracks down his progeny. After all, Huntington’s is hereditary (1 in 2 chance), and his fortune can provide care. Among other things. I mean, who wouldn’t want to inherit millions?
It doesn’t take long for Miles to track down (feisty and we love her) daughter Chloe Swanson. But the rest of his brood? From house fires to vanishing without a trace, it seems like someone’s making his kids disappear. Of course, disappear here (and this is not a spoiler) is a euphemism for kill.
Find You First effortlessly spins a web of dark secrets. With each twist, the net tightens. Each turn cranks up intrigue and pace. Barclay has a way with characters — making you like them as easily as he has you despise them — and not one player is part of the plot without reason. Somehow all strands are connected, tying together into a deliciously disturbing whole with at least one unexpected twist.
Book: Find You First
Publication Date: February 2021