Skip to product information
1 of 1

First Lie Wins

The deviously addictive MUST-READ debut thriller for 2024
  • Author
    • Ashley Elston
Regular price £16.99
Regular price Sale price £16.99

Anticipated publication date

Jan 02, 2024

We will deliver the product within a reasonable period of time following the publication date, which is an estimated date and is subject to change. Whilst we anticipate that the book will be published on this date, should this date change, we will notify you within a reasonable period of time.

You meet a stranger at a party. She looks like you, sounds like you. Even has your name...

'The best cat and mouse suspense I've read. I'm still breathless' LISA GARDNER
'I devoured it. Absolutely brilliant' HEIDI PERKS
'Unexpected and pacy. A brilliant central character' HARRIET TYCE
'A clever, cool high-stakes now-you-see-me-now-you-don't thriller' A J FINN
'An absolute CRACKER of a book' RACHEL ABBOTT



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?

'Clever, twisty, and suspenseful. Kept me on my toes right up to the conclusion' DIANE CHAMBERLAIN

'As emotionally moving as it is gripping. I loved every minute' MARY KUBICA

'Smart, fast-paced and twisty... kept me on the edge of my seat' MEGAN MIRANDA

'Will consume you... I devoured it' JULIE CLARK

'The most suspenseful game of deception I've ever read. Brilliant' ELLE COSIMANO

'Outstanding! An ingenious, unforgettable cat and mouse thriller' WENDY WALKER

'A suspenseful and taut page-turner that is impossible to put down' MEGAN SHEPHERD

Real readers are enthralled by this electrifying thriller:

'Suspense fans rejoice - this is phenomenal'

'Heartpounding . . . Definitely one of the best books this year'

'OMG . . . I was immediately sucked in'

'Absolute perfection'

'A thrilling ride from start to finish'

'Kept me guessing until the end'

'Twisty and engaging'
  • Published: Jan 02 2024
  • Pages: 384
  • ISBN: 9781472295323

Not available for shipping to the following countries:

  • ASM
  • CAN
  • GUM
  • MNP
  • UMI
  • FSM
  • MHL
  • PHL
  • PRI
  • USA
  • VIR
View full details

Press Reviews

  • Lisa Gardner

    Buckle up . . . the best cat and mouse suspense I've read in years
  • Megan Miranda

    Smart and sharp, fast-paced and twisty, this kept me on the edge of my seat
  • Julie Clark

    Wildly inventive, diabolically clever
  • Elle Cosimano

    The most suspenseful game of deception I've ever read. Brilliant!
  • Diane Chamberlain

    Clever, twisty, and suspenseful, First Lie Wins kept me on my toes right up to the satisfying conclusion
  • A.J. Finn

    What a box of tricks! First Lie Wins flickers past like a shadow-play: just when you think you've worked out what you're seeing, the shapes shift, the scene transforms, and - hold on - maybe you had it wrong a moment ago? Cool and clever and full-on fun, the sort of slippery high-stakes now-you-see-me-now-you-don't thriller that few novelists are bold enough to attempt these days. Pick it up, please. This is a good one