Find You First by Linwood Barclay, George Newbern (Narrator)
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by HarperAudio,
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Linwood Barclay is one of those authors that I read or listen to his books as soon as I can get my hands on them. Find You First was a suspenseful, twisty story that pulled me in right from the start. Tech millionaire Miles Cookson has been diagnosed with an advanced case of Huntington’s disease, one that has a 50% chance of being inherited. This shouldn’t be a problem as he is not married and has not children, or does he. Miles was a sperm donor while in University, so he decides to find those children. This search is for two reasons, so see if they carry the gene for the disease and to share his fortune with them. This angers his brother and his wife as they thought he would be inheriting everything when Miles time comes. Suddenly, his progeny are being killed. Who is behind this? Why are they being killed? There is also another storyline about another wealthy philanthropist that is not as much of a humanitarian as his generosity leads everyone to believe. You know these stories will come together, but when they do, it had my jaw dropping.
I did enjoy this story, especially the idea that this wealthy man is thinking about those people who have his genetic makeup. He wants to help them in an honest and no strings way. I liked Miles, but he was not without his faults. He had a lot of people who worked for him and with him that he seemed to take for granted. He had also kept secrets that might have solved some of this problems over time, but he did have his reasons. There were a lot of characters in this book that I didn’t like very much. There was a bit too much evil and debauchery that put me off at times, but it is not graphic, just mentioned, so not enough to stop reading. As the race against time to find all the potential heirs moves forward, Miles meets up with Chloe, one of his offspring who is documenting her search for her father and siblings. I loved Chloe. She is genuine, wants nothing from Miles except to get to know him. She did not expect that this journey would put her life in danger. This story is full of action, twists, misdirection as well as being chock full of mystery, intrigue and endless drama. I was constantly changing my mind about what was going to happen which is always appreciated in a thriller/suspense story. I definitely recommend this story.
I do not have a lot of male narrators on my list of performers to watch for, but George Newbern is one. He does an exceptional job with the narration. He does not try to sound like a female when performing those parts, but uses his tone, inflection and expression to bring life to this story. I definitely enjoyed this book more due to his performance. I received a copy of the audiobook upon request and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this one. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: The New York Times best-selling author of Elevator Pitch and master of psychological suspense returns with a riveting thriller in which the possible heirs of a dying tech millionaire are mysteriously being eliminated, one by one.
Tech millionaire Miles Cookson has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of – except time. He has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and there is a 50 percent chance that it can be passed on to the next generation. For Miles, this means taking a long hard look at his past….
Two decades ago, a young, struggling Miles was a sperm donor. Somewhere out there, he has kids – nine of them. And they might be about to inherit both the good and the bad from him – maybe his fortune, or maybe something much worse.
As Miles begins to search for the children he’s never known, aspiring film documentarian Chloe Swanson embarks on a quest to find her biological father, armed with the knowledge that 22 years ago, her mother used a New York sperm bank to become pregnant.
When Miles and Chloe eventually connect, their excitement at finding each other is overshadowed by a series of mysterious and terrifying events. One by one, Miles’s other potential heirs are vanishing – every trace of them wiped, like they never existed at all. Who is the vicious killer – another heir methodically erasing rivals? Or is something even more sinister going on? It’s a deadly race against time….