Book Review: Find Her First by Emma Christie

“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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