“Where is Stef Campbell? And who can be trusted to bring her home?”
Published in early 2022, Find Her First by Emma Christie follows paramedic Andy Campbell who has a secret he can’t tell anyone, not least the police. But when his missing wife’s image is found at the home of a suspected killer, detectives start asking questions, and they’re not the only ones.
The race for the truth leads them far from their Edinburgh home – but who will find her first, and will they save her life or take it?
An original and unpredictable thriller with an emotional punch, Find Her First is most definitely a thriller that will keep you guessing.
But while I loved the concept of this one, I found it really difficult to read. I started off by reading the physical book, but I couldn’t take in the story properly or pick out any of the details. So I began again with the audiobook. This helped a little, but I still struggled to follow the story cohesively for the most part.
I don’t know if it was the way that the story was written or if it was just too complex. Switching between different characters, as well, there was a lot going on, especially with Andy telling the police one thing but suggesting to the audience that there’s more to it. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right headspace to concentrate on so much back and forth, but I could read chapters without taking any of the story in, so all I know is that the struggle was real.
When the twists came, I was massively taken aback by the compelling revelations and found Christie’s original ideas very impressive. But I wish I could have enjoyed it more. I just never felt in the moment enough to get completely engrossed in the story, whereas a story like this would normally have had me hooked.
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