Who is Evie Porter? Definitely not who she says she is...but her past is catching up with her, which spells trouble.
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Cat and Mouse
The identity comes first: Evie Porter. Once she’s given a name and location by her mysterious boss Mr. Smith, 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.
Evie isn’t privy to Mr. Smith’s real identity, but she knows this job will be different. Ryan has gotten under her skin, and she’s starting to envision a different sort of life for herself. But Evie can’t make any mistakes—especially after what happened last time.
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. Evie Porter must stay one step ahead of her past while making sure there’s still a future in front of her. The stakes couldn’t be higher—but then, Evie has always liked a challenge...
Why I love it
I read a lot of thrillers so sometimes I find myself thinking I know all the genre’s tricks. Then a book comes along that defies all of my expectations with an unforgettable plot and truly shocking twists. First Lie Wins is one of those thrillers. I expected it to be a fun read, but from the first chapter I realized it would be much more than that.
Evie Porter has a picture-perfect life: charming boyfriend, beautiful home, a group of sophisticated friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t really exist. It’s always the same—she is given an identity, location, and target by her anonymous employer. This time her target is Ryan Sumner. She has always done well at her job and the lifestyle suits her, but as she gets to know Ryan she begins envisioning a different life for herself than the one she’s built. When a woman comes to town claiming to be Evie’s true identity, Evie starts to wonder if she’s actually the target for this job and not Ryan. As everything unravels before her, she must quickly figure out who she can trust in the fight for her future.
First Lie Wins is an expertly plotted story featuring a protagonist who is equal parts deceptive and charming—her cat and mouse story will grip you. Trust me—this one is not to be missed!
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First Lie Wins is my first ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read of the year! 𝘼𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙬𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙮. It was so refreshing to read a thriller with a unique, smart plot.
My attention span had a hard time following all the details, but I really enjoyed this!! Great twists & surprises with a nice, wrapped up ending. (Only pet peeve was the use of “pics” for “pictures”)
By page 4 I could not put this book down! The main character says “it’s best to keep the lie as close to the truth as possible.” This story has so many lies, it keeps you guessing till the very end!
This was the first book of Elston’s that I’ve read and now I’m going to go read the rest. There were so many twists in this book and I thought I had predicted the ending but I was completely wrong.
5/5 - I loved that thought I clocked the twist and I didn’t. Then when I thought the twist was revealed, I was hit with another twist! I couldn’t put this book down and hope this gets picked up for TV