Review | Always the First to Die

Always the First to Die by R.J. Jacobs


As a teen, Lexi was cast in the now-iconic horror movie Breathless filmed in the Florida Keys at Pinecrest Estate. It’s a summer she’ll never forget: falling in love with the son of the legendary movie director and learning the “curse” of Pinecrest may actually be real when cast and crew members begin to abruptly quit due to strange occurrences and then someone dies on set.
Years later, Lexi’s struggling with her husband’s death when she finds herself racing back to the Keys in the wake of a hurricane to find her daughter who is visiting her grandfather at Pinecrest. The island is without cell service or power and police presence is scarce. Now Lexi’s life will turn into a real life horror movie as she reckons with her past and someone who wants the director and cast of Breathless dead.
While the ending was a bit of a stretch for me, I loved that this was an homage to slasher films!
Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Always the First to Die is scheduled for release on September 13, 2022.

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