Twins, especially identical twins, have a stronger bond than any other humans. So, when Molly hears that her First Born twin, Katie, has been murdered, she rushes to New York City to solve the crime. It isn’t helpful that Londoner Molly is uber cautious, anxious, and scared of her own shadow. But she has to do this for Katie.
Molly finds four initial suspects in Katie’s life: shallow boyfriend Scott, creepy neighbor boy Shawn, best friend Violet, and a professor from Columbia. As she investigates, she begins to feel her own father is acting suspiciously too. Will Katie’s murderer ever be found? Or will Molly join Katie in death as a result of her investigations?
Hmmm, this is a difficult book to rate. The first half features Molly’s investigation and it is a slow slog. Molly’s mental issues are interesting, but the investigating methodology is very familiar from other, better, books. Then the first twist hits. It is surprising to say the least! It does take a bit of suspension of disbelief. I immediately predicted the final twist of the book. Hoping against hope that the author would instead surprise me with another ending. He didn’t.
I think both psychological thriller and twisty mystery fans will dislike at least half of First Born. I expected more from the author of the excellent psychological thriller, The Last Thing to Burn. 3 stars.
Thanks to Atria Books, Emily Bestler Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.