Title: First Lie Wins
Author: Ashley Elston
Date Read: June 2023
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...
I'm a lover of all things mystery. I especially love when a novel can surprise me in the end. Unfortunately, this one did not. I was able to determine who Mr. Smith was pretty early in the book, but it didn't really ruin the book for me. Once I was finally able to connect with Evie as a character, I felt I was able to enjoy the ride a bit more. I felt this started as a mystery novel, but quickly turned spy/hitman rather quickly.
While I didn't hate the book, it's not one that I would quickly recommend when someone is looking for a good book to read. But, it holds its own as a novel and I'm sure some will love it.
Rating: 3 out of 5 cups of tea for this one!
You can purchase this book here in January 2024!