First Lie Wins

First Lie Wins

Hardback Published on: 02/01/2024
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First Lie Wins
Clever, fast paced and full of deception!
First Lie Wins is a suspenseful and highly entertaining thriller about an intelligent con artist who works for the mysterious Mr Smith. The novel is fast p... READ MORE
Laura at Blackpool
First Lie Wins
One of the most addictive books I’ve read!
Actual rating 4.5. OH MY DAYS this one is so good!!! Set aside enough time to read it in a single sitting because you will be hooked
Tilly Fitzgerald

Synopsis

You meet a stranger at a party. She looks like you, sounds like you. Even has your name...THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, JANUARY 2024'This has everything you could want in a thriller... I did NOT expect that ending' REESE WITHERSPOON 'Twisty and exhilarating' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'Riveting!' LUCY FOLEY 'The best cat and mouse suspense I've read' LISA GARDNER 'Unexpected and pacy' HARRIET TYCE 'An absolute CRACKER of a book' RACHEL ABBOTT* SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH, JANUARY 2024 * * REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK, JANUARY 2024 * * SOON TO BE A MAJOR TV SERIES * __________________Everything she is about to tell them is a lie...Evie Porter has everything a girl could want: a doting boyfriend, a house with a picket fence, a fun group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn't exist.First comes the identity. Once she's given a name and location by her employer, 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. For Evie, this job feels different. Ryan has gotten under her skin and she's started to picture another kind of life for herself - one where her boss doesn't pull the strings. But Evie can't make any mistakes. 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. A woman, who looks just like her, has stolen her name - and she wants more. As Evie's past begins to catch up with her, can she stay one step ahead to save her future? ________________'I devoured it. Absolutely brilliant' HEIDI PERKS 'Strikingly ingenious' DAILY MAIL 'Twisty and fast-paced' OBSERVER 'A clever, high-stakes now-you-see-me-now-you-don't thriller' A J FINN 'Mind-blowingly brilliant' SUN 'Brilliant. I read it in one sitting. If you love twisty thrillers, this one is for you' SARAH MORGAN 'Twisty and suspenseful. Kept me on my toes right up to the end' DIANE CHAMBERLAIN 'The kind of jaw-droppingly twisty read you stay up all night for' I NEWS 'An outstanding psychological thriller... this could well be the best read of 2024' SHOTs magazineReal readers are GRIPPED:'This book consumed a whole 24 hours of my life' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐'Heartpounding . . . Definitely one of the best books this year' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐'Suspense fans rejoice - this is phenomenal' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐'OMG, I was immediately sucked in' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐'Absolute perfection' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐'A thrill ride from start to finish' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐'Kept me guessing until the end' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐'Twisty and engaging' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐'Had me on the edge of my seat' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472295323
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 613g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 154 x 40 mm

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First Lie Wins
Thrilling page turner
This book was far better than I expected. It was a real page turner and I read it in less than 24 hours and almost one sitting. Without giving any spoilers... READ MORE
Karen Farrow
First Lie Wins
Lots of intrigue
4⭐️ My first read by this author, this is her first book aimed at adults. A book friend was seeing early rave reviews, so naturally I didn’t want to mis... READ MORE
Lesley Lloyd
First Lie Wins
An Exciting Read
What a fabulous read !,fast paced ,gripping ,with plenty of twists. Full of suspenseful moments, a very clever story of Evie Porter but who is she really a... READ MORE
Chrissie Mortimer
First Lie Wins
A rollercoaster of a ride
Blimey, there is so much to unpack and unravel within this book, that I’m struggling to know where to start. When you read the start of my next paragraph, ... READ MORE
Jennifer James
First Lie Wins
Great thriller
The authors first book for an adult audience and after reading I'm sure it won't be her last.This was a strong paced thriller filled with characters all fl... READ MORE
Lovetoread2023
First Lie Wins
An Addictive and twisted Read.
Evie Porter has everything a nice Southern girl could want: a perfect doting boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence and a garden, and a fancy group o... READ MORE
Louise Wilson
First Lie Wins
Might come in handy!
"First Lie Wins" by Ashley Elston is a captivating adult spy-thriller that skillfully weaves together themes of friendship, trust, and the complexity of hu... READ MORE
SaarahN
First Lie Wins
Might come in handy!
"First Lie Wins" by Ashley Elston is a captivating adult spy-thriller that skillfully weaves together themes of friendship, trust, and the complexity of hu... READ MORE
Saarah N
First Lie Wins
Gripping read
Evie Porter seems to have a great life. Nice house, lots of friends & a doting boyfriend- only thing is, she does not exist.. She has spent years going fro... READ MORE
Maggie Macdonald
First Lie Wins
A spine-chilling debut thriller!
Evie Porter works for Mr Smith that requires changing her appearance and identity to become different people. Evie’s latest job is to meet Ryan Sumner and... READ MORE
Joan Clapham
First Lie Wins
Absolute Must Read!
I have a gift for you. Here's your first read of the new year. Ashley Elston's First Lie Wins (I can't believe it's her adult debut!) is a suspenseful, sli... READ MORE
Jenny Schultz
First Lie Wins
Fun, tense and a satisfying ending
Evie Porter has secrets and she’s very good at keeping them. The biggest secret is her real name. When in the course of a job she meets a woman who claims ... READ MORE
Lisey P
First Lie Wins
An addictive read.
This is an extremely engrossing read, filled with twists and totally addictive! very clever writing and plotting from this author, a fun read too! One whic... READ MORE
Martha Brindley
First Lie Wins
An excellent read
4.5 stars Well, if you fancy reading a book that has an excellent twist at around 10% in, then this is definitely for you! This is Evie Porter‘s story, ... READ MORE
Celia Short
First Lie Wins
Well woven plot
This is an intriguing thriller that I didn’t fully appreciate until I reached the end and then the story was stuck in my head for a time after! This has a ... READ MORE
Sarah Goldthorpe
First Lie Wins
Brilliant read
This book is brilliant. It is so cleverly written. One minute you’re reading it thinking it is one thing and you know what is happening and then there’s ... READ MORE
Lynne Packer
First Lie Wins
Shockingly good!
A debut adult thriller and what a debut it was. Welcome to a world of lies where nothing and nobody is what it seems at first glance! Written in multipl... READ MORE
Lynda Checkley
First Lie Wins
Full of twists and turns!!
What a twisted and intriguing career path Lucca/Evie has!! It was a real page turner with great flashbacks to her past lives. Full of suspense with so many... READ MORE
Teresa Ryder
First Lie Wins
Wow!
Wow...jump on for the ride as the twists don't stop coming. This is Ashley Elstons first Adult book, normally a YA author, welcome! I can't wait for the ne... READ MORE
hayley wiggins
First Lie Wins
A very clever read
We meet Evie Porter as she settles into life in a new town, with a new boyfriend… and a new name. As we slowly learn more about Evie and her backstory, her... READ MORE
Sarah
First Lie Wins
Took me by surprise
Thanks to Headline for the arc of this book. First Lies Wins really did have it all. I read the first quarter of this book thinking that it was going... READ MORE
Soapsud
First Lie Wins
An exciting debut
I don't know where to start. What an absolute cracker of a book! Evie Porter works for Mr Smith. She doesn't know anything about him and has never met him... READ MORE
Michelle  Nelder
First Lie Wins
An addictive read.
This is an extremely engrossing read, filled with twists and totally addictive! very clever writing and plotting from this author, a fun read too! One whic... READ MORE
Martha Brindley
First Lie Wins
First Lie Wins
Well, this hit the ground running and didn't let up until the very end... Evie Porter has it all. A cracking life, all told. Until, that is, one day she me... READ MORE
Ashrae
First Lie Wins
Fabulous, fast paced entertaining book
Such an exciting book. Eve Porter seems to have everything you could want in life , house, garden, loving boyfriend etc but then the reader discovers that ... READ MORE
Jan Roberts
First Lie Wins
Unpredictable Thriller
Evie Porter has everything anyone could want, however Evie Porter does not exist. She is given new aliases by her shady boss and she is thrown into the new... READ MORE
Hannah  Boucherat
First Lie Wins
Terrific read!
Evie Porter seems to have a great life. Nice house, lots of friends & a doting boyfriend- only thing is, she does not exist.. She has spent years going fro... READ MORE
Maggie Macdonald
First Lie Wins
So many twists I almost got whiplash
I loved this book! I read it fast and late into the nights over a couple of days, and found myself telling my 21-year-old daughter about parts of it as I w... READ MORE
Jinny Alexander
First Lie Wins
Delightfully plotted super scam
Evie Porter isn’t; nor is she any of the other names used over the last eight years. But ‘con artist’ is too weak; she is a professional avatar, she is re... READ MORE
Denis
First Lie Wins
Edge of your seat reading.
What a thriller of a book. Excellent writing and a book to keep you on the edge. How one person wants to make her life better after her mother died w... READ MORE
Julie Watt
First Lie Wins
Exceptional Thriller.
Evie Porter is the latest iteration of a woman of many faces. Sent on missions of revenge on behalf of clients by her anonymous employer ,Evie's speciality... READ MORE
David Blendell
First Lie Wins
Fantastic and utterly unputdownable!
90% gripping thriller plus 10% romance make this fast paced mystery an irresistible mix. Professional conwoman Evie Porter tries to wriggle her way out o... READ MORE
Veronika Prett
First Lie Wins
An additive read
Well I must say what an absolute gem of a read! First Lie Wins has everything to keep you completely hooked. Intrigue, suspense and some wonderful psycho... READ MORE
Allison Valentine
First Lie Wins
Amazing debut
I was hooked immediately with this mystery thriller, it had so much deception, danger and real intelligent plotting that I could definitely see making a te... READ MORE
Gem Fletcher
First Lie Wins
Twisty, suspenseful thriller
Evie and Ryan have just set up home together in picturesque Lake Forbing, Louisiana. They met when she was a damsel in distress with a flat tyre. He was d... READ MORE
Carole Tyrrell
First Lie Wins
Loved this, fast paced with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing.
Loved this, fast paced with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.
Coramcq
First Lie Wins
Clever unusual read
Wow what an excellent read. A very clever unusual premise that unreavels itself chapter by chapter like an onion slowing giving you an insight into a tota... READ MORE
Ann Jones
First Lie Wins
extremely clever
A well written and extremely clever book, and, just when I thought I was ahead of the game the author managed to wrongfoot me! My only negative comment wou... READ MORE
jean
First Lie Wins
Intriguing read
Evie Porter appears to have the perfect life, a handsome boyfriend who adores her and a lovely home, everything she's dreamed of since she was a little gir... READ MORE
Teresa Nikolic
First Lie Wins
To be truthful - you should read it!
Loved it! This is just such a good entertaining read! There is a cleverly constructed plot to keep you turning the pages to find out more. I empathised ... READ MORE
Robert Jackson
First Lie Wins
A unique thriller, cleverly conceived.
Lucca Marino was a loving daughter, she would do practically anything to buy the medication for her mother's cancer. Her skills as a small time thief broug... READ MORE
the moving finger writes
First Lie Wins
I adored this fabulous 5* read
Wow wow and wow again! I adored this fabulous read from the first page to the last. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride, with twists and turns throughout. It wa... READ MORE
Sharon Adair
First Lie Wins
Thrilling
Tightly plotted thriller with a drip feed that keeps you guessing. Entertaining from the get go, but really ramps up as the story progresses. This is a com... READ MORE
Peter Thorburn
First Lie Wins
A fantastically twisty thriller
‘She’s stolen your identity. Now you have to steal it back.’ - cover tag line. My thanks to Headline for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘First Lie Wins’ by As... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
First Lie Wins
Loved this plot.....
This is a cat and mouse of a read, with a compelling, sharp and complex writing style. I can't say much without spoilers. The protagonist, Evie Porter, is... READ MORE
LadyBird
First Lie Wins
Enjoyable read and clever idea for a plot line
Ashley Elston is a female American author and mother of three and this is her debut as an adult thriller writer but she does have experience of writing thr... READ MORE
Richard Angrave
First Lie Wins
Do not read the blurb! Twists and turns will keep you enthralled
DO NOT READ THE BLURB ON THIS BOOK! So much more interesting and surprising if you don't! This tale is original, twisty, moves at a good pace and will kee... READ MORE
Dana Farren
First Lie Wins
A rapid game of cat and mouse with twists and tension galore!
Evie Porter has everything a nice, Southern girl could want, from the perfect, doting boyfriend, the house with a white picket fence and a garden to the fa... READ MORE
Shona Holmes-Berry
First Lie Wins
A great story that gradually draws you in
Not the story I was expecting. Evie has an enviable life but as the truth comes out you are confused by her back story. She seems to lie about everything! ... READ MORE
Beverley Hearn
First Lie Wins
Wow. What a book.
It was my first book I’ve read by this author and won’t be the last. It’s such a brilliant unpredictable fast paced twisty thriller that you won’t want to... READ MORE
Claire  Turkington
First Lie Wins
First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston
First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston is the story of Evie Porter, who has everything a Southern girl could wish for. The perfect, doting boyfriend, a house with... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
First Lie Wins
Strap in for a brilliant debut thriller!
I remember when this book was originally advertised on NetGalley - and although it is not the usual genre that I would choose - I was immediately intrigued... READ MORE
Rebecca Long
First Lie Wins
Great read
This had me gripped straight away. Reminded me a bit of Killing Eve, with Evie Porter being a much toned down and less violent version of Villanelle, in t... READ MORE
Heidi Merris
First Lie Wins
Don’t read to much about this book in advance, just jump right in and read it, it’s totally worth it! Easy 5 stars!
This book grabbed me straight away and didn’t let me go till the last page. I was intrigued to know more about the main character who is really Lucca but t... READ MORE
Lesley Davison
First Lie Wins
Highly Recommended
Lucca Marino works for the elusive ‘Mr Smith’. Each job requires a new name and identity and takes her to different locations. The jobs vary, as does the t... READ MORE
Jo Lambert
First Lie Wins
A rollercoaster of twist and turns
This book is incredibly captivating. Evie Porter finds herself deeply enamoured with Ryan Summer, prompting them to take the bold step of moving in togethe... READ MORE
Alison Hartley
First Lie Wins
Great Suspense!
Wow I really enjoyed this suspenseful guessing game of a novel. Evie is not really Evie, she has so many identities and her latest job even seems to touchi... READ MORE
Brad Mace
First Lie Wins
Twists and Turns
This was good! A bit of a ‘what is going on here’ at the beginning, I couldn’t get to grips with where it was going, I liked the past and present chapters... READ MORE
Lucy C
First Lie Wins
Entertaining and engaging read
Really entertaining, kept me engaged in the mystery right through to the end. This is a very clever unique story line and written with good pace. Would be... READ MORE
Aviva Regev
First Lie Wins
I struggled with this
Lucca has an unusual job. Not only does she not know who her employer is, but every job she takes to gather information is different than the next. To do i... READ MORE
Michelle De Alwis
First Lie Wins
Brilliant read
Absolutely compelling read. This was an amazing story of so many twists and turns. It rook me a while to realise what was going on with Evie. This reall... READ MORE
Carol Clasper
First Lie Wins
Fabulous!
What a corker of a book. Absolutely spellbinding! It took me a while to really get in to it but once I did I couldn’t stop reading. Such a very, very cl... READ MORE
Carole Kendal
First Lie Wins
Brilliant cat and mouse
This was a good read. I really loved the cat and mouse action and I was rooting for the protagonist and I really enjoyed this author’s work, I hope there’s... READ MORE
Laura Jayne Breed
First Lie Wins
An accomplished novel.
An accomplished debut novel for adults, set over a number of time lines. Lucca finds herself set with numerous tasks to carry out under cover using various... READ MORE
Mary Urquhart
First Lie Wins
Great, twisty thriller
This book pulled me in with its premise from the start. Evie Porter is a con artist, she’s been sent on a job to do something unspecified with/to a handsom... READ MORE
Nicola Mackenzie-Smaller
First Lie Wins
Unique and addictive
I love it when a book takes you by surprise - and I loved this. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop - it was so unique and so addictive. The plot is so... READ MORE
Karen Hewitt
First Lie Wins
A meticulously planned thriller
I was always a massive thriller reader but recently found myself getting less excited by them. I think I'd maybe read too many and could see the formula ea... READ MORE
Rebecca Jamison
First Lie Wins
Highly Recommended
Lucca Marino works for the elusive ‘Mr Smith’. Each job requires a new name and identity and takes her to different locations. The jobs vary, as does the t... READ MORE
Jo Lambert
First Lie Wins
Loved it!
Absolutely loved this book! It’s so clever. The lead character is a woman and is set in present day and also has snippets of her life in the past eight yea... READ MORE
Tammy Muir
First Lie Wins
A fabulous twisting thriller
What a fabulous debut thriller. Welcome to the world of grifting where no one is who they seem & the truth is a very rare commodity. Told across multiple t... READ MORE
Deb Day
First Lie Wins
Mind-blowing and brilliant
“There's an old saying: The first lie wins. It's not referring to the little white kind that tumble out with little to no thought; it refers to the big one... READ MORE
Emma Alvey
First Lie Wins
Good
Evie Porter’s life is picture-perfect, apart from one small detail: She isn’t real. Evie Porter is a false name with a fake life, provided by her employer ... READ MORE
Ella - The Story Collector
First Lie Wins
First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston
Evie Porter is a ghost. She’s recently moved in with her handsome, charming boyfriend, Ryan Sumner. She’s getting to know the quaint little town where she ... READ MORE
@damppebbles
First Lie Wins
An enthralling thriller
Evie Porter seems like a nice, homely gal but soon we learn that her name and location changes frequently. Evie works for a shady employer targeting indiv... READ MORE
Gerry Lee
First Lie Wins
Compelling, intriguing, exciting!
This twisty-turny cat-and-mouse thriller totally drew me in. The world of subterfuge and secret identities that Evie Porter lives in is cleverly woven. Eac... READ MORE
Ian Payton
First Lie Wins
Brilliant
Very clever psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns along the way. Lies, lies and more lies. Brilliant read.
Christine  Revely
First Lie Wins
So worth your time to discover this First Class read.
What a very apt title for this book as titles so rarely, truly reflect what follows. A really good story in so many ways. It kept me page turning to the... READ MORE
Jon Jonnson