#BookReview: FIND YOU FIRST by Linwood Barclay @linwood_barclay @HQstories

Publication: 4th February 2021 – HQ

One will change your life.
One will end it.
Who will … FIND YOU FIRST?

It’s a deadly race against time…

Tech billionaire Miles has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of – except time. Now facing a terminal illness, Miles knows he must seize every minute to put his life in order. And that means taking a long hard look at his past.

Somewhere out there, Miles has children. And they might be about to inherit both the good and bad from him – possibly his fortune, or possibly something more sinister.

So Miles decides to track down his missing children. But a vicious killer is one step ahead of him. One by one, people are vanishing. Not just disappearing, every trace of them is wiped.




Find You First is such a brilliant and gripping read! You never know what to expect next, it is full of surprises and twists, and I couldn’t put it down.

It all starts with Miles Cookson, a millionaire who just received the news that he has a terminal illness. He decides it is time to find the children he fathered when he was younger, not only to find out if they inherited his illness, but also to distribute his fortune. Chloe Swanson is a waitress who, in her free time, makes videos of her family. She is looking for the family she never had, the half-siblings and the father she never met. When their paths cross, they discover that Miles’s children are disappearing, leaving no trace of their existence. In a race against time, Miles and Chloe must discover who is after them, before someone else disappears…

The story is fast-paced and thrilling. The author masterly switches from a character’s point of view to another, leaving you in suspense and wondering: who will survive? I turned the pages as fast as I could, always on the edge of my seat.

I liked the characters of Miles and Chloe. Miles’s discovery of his illness changes him. He becomes obsessed in finding his children and protect them. I found Chloe very mature for her age. She is feisty, witty, and independent. Miles and Chloe are the two main characters, but there are other characters that keep the tension high: there is the runaway teenager kept prisoner in the mansion of a psychopathic billionaire. There is the manipulative woman who is ready to sacrifice her family to get her hands on Miles’s money. There is the fertility doctor keeping a secret. The plot is so intricate that you don’t know how these characters are all connected, until it is slowly revealed.

Find You First is an addictive thriller, well-written and with an excellent ending… you won’t be able to put it down!

A huge thank you to HQ and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of the book.


Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.

Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. He is currently working with eOne to turn the Promise Falls trilogy into a series. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at www.linwoodbarclay.com or find him on Twitter at @linwood_barclay.

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