Always the First to Die, a review by Shelley

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R.J. Jacobs

Sourcebooks Landmark
Publishing September 13th, 2022
304 pages

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A few years ago I read and really enjoyed And Then You Were Gone so when I saw Mr. Jacobs had a new thriller available on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. This one is a love letter to horror movies and even though it isn’t one of my favourite genres I was really into this book.

This was pretty fast-paced and the setting was plenty creepy. The format of the book is my favourite with a single-person perspective and two different timelines. As is usual for me I preferred the before timeline as we really get to know what the back story is and I like seeing what led to where the characters are now.

This one will keep you focused on flipping the pages wanting to find out what the heck is really going on at Pinecrest Estate. It is a short book and I managed to read it in a single sitting. R.J. Jacobs always manages to put all my favourite elements in his books…mystery, adventure, and strong characters. I also like that there were some surprising twists that I didn’t see coming because there were a lot of red herrings along the way. This was an entertaining book that was also a lot of fun.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy.

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