FIRST BORN By Will Dean @HodderBooks @willrdean #FirstBorn #BookReview

Available from 14th April 2022 / Hardback / audiobook / ebook /


Molly lives a quiet, contained life in London. Naturally risk averse, she gains comfort from security and structure. Every day the same.

Her identical twin Katie is her exact opposite: gregarious and spontaneous. They used to be inseparable, until Katie moved to New York a year ago. Molly still speaks to her daily without fail.

But when Molly learns that Katie has died suddenly in New York, she is thrown into unfamiliar territory. Katie is part of her DNA. As terrifying as it is, she must go there and find out what happened. As she tracks her twin’s last movements, cracks begin to emerge. Nothing is what it seems. And a web of deceit is closing around her.


Molly and Katie Raven are identical twins, well identical to look at but complete opposites in life, Katie is an extrovert outgoing, party girl, whereas Molly is terrified of everything. She looks for danger in everything air conditioning causes Legionnaires disease, if she thinks of flying somewhere the pilot and co pilot will take I’ll, birds will hit the engines, the plane will crash. Everywhere she goes she weighs up the risks.

Katie went to NYC to study after getting a scholarship paying for everything. This caused a falling out between the twins Molly didn’t want Katie to leave her, but she did. Now Katie is dead in her New York apartment. Their mum and dad are already in NYC now Molly has to fly on her own, she has to face her fears and fly. When she gets there she is determined to find out who murdered Katie. She looks at an ex boyfriend, her best friend, a neighbour, a school tutor. Then she realises she is being followed, his name is Bogart or is it? He’s ex police, now a PI or is he?

At the beginning I found Molly so annoying with everything she looked at there was a list of risks associated with it. But further in the book when she started to relax a little I liked her more. As Molly was looking at everyone that Katie knew, she became fixated on some especially the ex boyfriend. Then the lecturer as she asks him questions. I felt for Molly she had lost half of herself. But the thing is Molly is the narrator of the story so how reliable is she. When her parents flew back home Molly decided to stay on a little longer.

Things kicked up a notch then, as you get all the visuals of NYC I felt like I was there, the plot begins to twist in ways I hadn’t seen coming and everything is so well executed. I got to the stage where my heart was pounding and I was holding my breath. There were just so many twists and turns that I didn’t know where this was going, how was it going to end. Molly wants justice for Katie.

But then as we get to the finale I was absolutely gobsmacked with yet another direction I hadn’t seen coming. This was so suspenseful, full of tension that gripped you tight.

This is what I would call a slow to start thriller that just warms up nicely gradually building up the tension to a brilliantly climactic ending. With superbly written characters that were so totally believable. The whole atmosphere was superbly created. I loved this one. Another terrific read by Mr Dean.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💥💥💥💥💥 I look forward to whatever he writes next.


Will Dean grew up in the Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.

Will has written written 4 books in the Tuva Moodyson Series set in Sweden. As well as one other stand-alone novel The Last Thing To Burn.

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Twitter: @Willrdean

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