I was really looking forward to reading The First One to Die by Victoria Jenkins so thank you to Bookouture for the advance copy. I really enjoyed The Girls in the Water so had high hopes for this one. When I saw it up on NetGalley I was dancing for joy and got my request in pretty smartly!
This book had big shoes to fill because the first book in the series was so fantastic. Well it filled those shoes big time it was brilliant, Victoria Jenkins smashed it out of the park, I loved everything about it. This truly was one of those books that you devour, you can’t put it down because every page sucks you in and leaves you breathless and wanting more.
I have been blown away lately by the calibre of books that I have been reading; yet again I didn’t guess what was going to happen at the end. The days of guessing who the bad guy was is well and truly over. This was so cleverly written, it was full of twists that made you rethink and challenge your own thoughts. I like to think I am a pretty good detective after reading so many crime books but I didn’t work this one out. That is awesome; I love it when I have no clue what’s going to happen at the end.
This book can be read as a stand-alone novel but I recommend that you read The Girls in the Water first. Firstly because it’s a brilliant book but secondly because it will give you some background on the characters and their relationships to each other.
I am very much looking forward to book 3 in the series; Victoria Jenkins is now one of my all-time favourite authors.
I highly recommend this book and I give it a big fat 5 stars – I loved it!
Here is the publishers blurb:
Four friends. A house full of secrets. And a killer picking them off one by one…
She tried to break her fall, twisting desperately, but there was nothing to catch hold of, nothing with which she could stop herself. Her single scream cut through the night air
Keira North falls to her death at a party. It initially seems like an accident, but Detectives Alex King and Chloe Lane suspect foul play: they are convinced they are dealing with a murder.
When the detectives start to investigate, they soon find that all of Keira’s closest friends have secrets that someone might kill to keep.
And as Alex and Chloe are fighting their own demons and struggling to stay on top of the case, Keira’s killer is circling the group of friends, who one by one find that their lives are in danger…
The First One to Die is a heart-stopping and shocking detective thriller that will have you gripped until the very last page. Perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, Angela Marsons, and Val McDermid