First Daughter – Book Review

First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

Release date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I haven’t been a big fan of thrillers, ever since I OD’d on Michael Crichton and John Grisham in high school. However, when I was given the opportunity to review Eric Van Lustbader’s new book, “First Daughter,” I accepted, due largely to the fact that he is the author of several of the ‘Borne’ books, which I think made good movies. I wasn’t the least bit disappointed in “First Daughter.”

ATF agent Jack McClure is reassigned to work a special case when the President-elect’s daughter goes missing mere days before inauguration. This case is especially close to Jack’s heart as Alli, the first daughter in question, was his daughter Emma’s best friend and roommate before she was killed in a tragic car crash. While looking for Alli, Jack struggles with faith, the loss of his daughter, and his shame over his dyslexia. Also, obviously, he is caught up in a web of political intrigue.

Van Lustbader is a good writer, and he makes Jack very human. He also avoids too much deus ex machina, which I feel is rather common in this genre.

Overall this is a good read. If you enjoy political thrillers, mysteries, etc, you will probably like “First Daughter.”

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10 comments to First Daughter – Book Review

  • I felt about the same way as you about this book – I don’t normally enjoy thrillers, but I did enjoy this one. It’s enough to make me put the next book on a mental TBR list when it comes out, however long that is from now.

  • I’ll have to remember to check it out in October when it comes out. I thought the Bourne movies were based on the books by Robert Ludlum though?

  • Icedtea,

    Okay, first of all, thanks for commenting on the date. It actually comes out in August, not October. Mea culpa.

    Secondly, I looked back at the email I got from the publicist that sent me the book and it lists him as the author of SEVERAL Borne novels. I’m not sure if they are the ones that were made into the movies or not. Although I did find this book cover on LibraryThing:

    So I don’t know if Van Lustbader continued the series or if they are pseudonyms. Either way, “First Daughter” was good!

  • Lustbader took over the Bourne series after Robert Ludlum died.

    I also had a chance to review First Daughter a few weeks before it came out. I’ve not read many mystery/thrillers, but I did enjoy this one. I think Jack McClure is a fantastic character.

  • Thank you very much for clearing that up! I agree, Jack is a very good character.

  • I am so excited about your review, Jen. I received a copy of this as well and now I know for certain it will be good. I haven’t ever read many thrillers, but getting copies of Escape by Robert Tanenbaum and Silent Thunder by Iris and Roy Johansen has really been a treat. It’s a nice change of pace. I’ve got another thriller in my ARC pile as well called Nineteenth St. NW. Hopefully that will be good, too (although I’m kind of concerned based upon the cover – which I know is wrong but cannot help).

  • Okay, I didn’t think I wanted to read this one but now I’m going to go back and say yes to my review copy offer. Thanks for changing my mind. To tell you the truth I’ve never really read this type of book but I think I should try everything at least once.

  • This is in my TBR pile. Glad to see you enjoyed it :)

  • John

    I just got done reading this book, and I loved it. Eric Van Lustbader is a great author and one of my favorites. The details of the sex scenes were somewhat disturbing, but other than that, great book.