“This taut, twisted novel kept me guessing until the very last page. Clever, compelling, and utterly thrilling.” —Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Night She Disappeared
From the acclaimed author of The Last Thing to Burn, a psychological thriller about the dark secrets that emerge when a woman’s twin sister is murdered, with his signature “intense, gripping, taut, terrifying, moving, and brilliant” (Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author) prose.
Sisters. Soulmates. Strangers.
Molly Raven lives a quiet, structured life in London, finding comfort in security and routine. Her identical twin Katie, living in New York, is the exact opposite: outgoing, spontaneous, and adventurous.
But when Molly hears that Katie has died, possibly murdered, she is thrown into unfamiliar territory. As terrifying as it is, she knows she must travel across the ocean and find out what happened. But as she tracks her twin’s final movements, cracks begin to emerge, and she slowly realizes her sister was not who she thought she was and there’s a dangerous web of deceit surrounding the two of them.
“Next-level stuff—original, imaginative, thrilling!” —Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author of Grown Ups
“Great pace, great twists, a perfect psychological thriller!” —B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of The Therapist
“Equal parts murder mystery and psychological thriller, Will Dean dazzles with his latest, First Born. A tense, taut plot that blows through unexpected twists and turns, you won’t be able to look away until the final, shattering page.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight
“A deceptively simple premise—a woman investigates her twin sister’s murder—evolves into a story that grows twisted, and more twisted, with each new chapter. I devoured First Born in a day…in shock at what Will Dean masterfully accomplished.” —Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot
Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands of the United Kingdom and lived in nine villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the London School of Economics and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden where he built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the center of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s book club on ITV, shortlisted for the National Book Awards (UK), The Guardian’s Not the Booker prize, and was named a Telegraph book of the year.