The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Well, the first thing I have to say about The First to Lie is that it is probably the most twisty novel I’ve read in a while. And yes, I said twisty – not twisted. Maybe the question shouldn’t be about who is or was the first to lie, but who ISN’T lying? Wow. This one really threw me for a loop. I started reading it and kept asking questions all the way through.

Plot Details

The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi RyanIt’s so very hard to describe exactly what this book is about! Essentially, there’s a company – Pharminex – that is run by a family, the Vanderwalds. Pharminex has some kind of iffy business practices, and they’ve made money off of doing some things that have hurt people. I don’t want to get into it too much because I don’t want to spoil anything. But some of those people are out for revenge. And that’s all I’m going to say. For anything more, you really need to read the book!

My Thoughts

Well, I definitely had a hard time putting this book down. When I first picked it up, I honestly just kind of wondered what was going on. It started off with multiple viewpoints from multiple characters and it took just a bit of time to pick up. You didn’t know until a little ways into the book what was really going on. And then – more characters and more viewpoints! Once you figure out the story, though, you do get sucked in. 

The biggest question that I found myself asking myself while reading The First to Lie was “who’s who?”. There are several characters introduced both in the present and from the past. It’s easy to get a sneaking suspicion about some of the characters from the present actually being some of the characters from the past, but it’s also really hard to guess what the truth is. I have to admit, I do like not being able to figure out what is going on. I like a story that can keep me guessing.

This book did prove to be hard to put down, and I do plan to read more from the author. The only thing I found that I might not have liked with it was that it was maybe TOO twisty? I can see how in some ways it could seem like the goal was just to throw you for a loop just for the sake of throwing you for a loop. But I also have a hard time judging it by that because of the fact that I actually did like the story, and I do like some good twists!

Overall, if you do like a good novel with a twist or two that keeps you guessing and hanging on throughout, I highly recommend this one. It also does have a good story that I feel could have been expounded on even a bit more. The First to Lie is out THIS Tuesday. If you’re looking for something good to get hooked on, definitely check it out!

Rating: 4/5