Tuesday 30 January 2024

Book ~ "First Lie Wins" (2024) Ashley Elston

From Goodreads ~ Evie Porter has everything a nice Southern girl could want: a perfect doting boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence and a garden a fancy group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist.

The identity comes first: Evie Porter. Once she’s given a name and location by her mysterious boss Mr. Smith, 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.

Evie isn’t privy to Mr. Smith’s real identity but she knows this job will be different. Ryan has gotten under her skin and she’s starting to envision a different sort of life for herself. But Evie can’t make any mistakes - especially after what happened last time.

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. Evie Porter must stay one step ahead of her past while making sure there’s still a future in front of her. The stakes couldn't be higher - but then, Evie has always liked a challenge.

Evie works in a gallery and has just moved in with her boyfriend, Ryan, after a few months of dating. But this is all a lie. Evie is really Lucca and Ryan is her latest "mark". She doesn't know who her boss is and just knows him as "Mr. Smith". She is assigned "jobs" taking on new identities usually to steal something or get info to blackmail someone. She screwed up her last job so is trying to do better on this one but hasn't figured out what this new one is all about yet and what Mr. Smith wants from Ryan.

I liked this story and the writing style. It's written in first person perspective in Evie's voice. It jumps back and forth from the present to the past (the chapters are labeled) detailing Evie's past cases. As a head's up, there is swearing. It's a farfetched story but a fun ride.

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