Book Club: First Lie Wins

First Lie Wins is described as a twisty cat-and-mouse thriller. And, it is all that and SO much more. This month’s book promptly shot onto the New York Times bestseller list at No. 5—where it has barely budged for the past four weeks. Soon to be a movie with Octavia Spencer and Grey’s Anatomy’s showrunner Krista Vernoff, this book had us all hanging by a thread up until the very last paragraph.

Written by Ashley Elston, “First Lie Wins” captivates readers from the very first page with its intriguing narrative and suspenseful storytelling. The title itself hints at a game of wits, where falsehoods become a powerful currency. As the characters navigate a web of lies, the author skillfully explores the consequences of deception and the complexities of truth. With a compelling blend of mystery and psychological depth, “First Lie Wins” is certainly a literary rollercoaster, leaving readers eagerly turning each page in anticipation of the next revelation.

About the Author:

Ashley Elston is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and Reese’s Book Club pick, First Lie WinsFirst Lie Winshas been optioned for television by ABC Signature with Octavia Spencer and Krista Vernoff attached to the project. She is also the author of six YA books. Ashley lives in Louisiana with her husband and three sons.


“This fast-paced read has everything you could want in a thriller: secret identities, a mysterious boss and a cat & mouse game that kept me guessing the whole way through.”
Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club January ’24 Pick)

“The cleverly crafted plot and whip-smart protagonist mean you won’t know who to trust in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. . . Riveting.” 
Reader’s Digest

“Elston raises the stakes.”
—The New York Times

“You’re in for a thrill ride of twists in this fast-paced novel that kept me on my toes from start to finish.”
New York Post

“First Lie Wins delivers a fun and unpredictable suspense ride that keeps the guessing going until the end.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Ashley Elston handles a highly complicated plot with the assurance of someone who has been writing psychological suspense all her life. . . No wonder Reese Witherspoon has made First Lie Wins her book club choice for this month.”
Sunday Times (London)