Cora has been able to detect lies since she was born, she’s…a False Finder. However when blackmail, betrayal, and lying are all the population has to protect themselves, it makes her dangerous. It also makes her a target. Because of Cora’s ability, Rogan Carvelli—London’s biggest criminal leader—has been trying to acquire her for years. Cora has learned to survive and remain undetected—at least until one careless mistake causes her friends to betray her. Sold to Carvelli, Cora is only left with the help of a secret organisation to escape. She knows nothing about them, but they have saved her too many times to ignore. However, the closer she gets, the clearer it becomes… Their motives are far from innocent.
Cora is a False Finder, an ability that is both a blessing and curse. False Finders have the ability to determine whether or not a person is being truthful, and in a dystopian London setting ruled by crime boss Rogan Carvelli, she is a hot commodity, whether she likes it or not. Because of this, Cora has been on the run from Rogan and his men, building a life and trying to find normalcy. However, all that changes when the people she thought were her friends betray her and she finds herself once again on the run. In a world full of deceit, who can you trust? As Cora finds out, the answer is far more complicated than it may seem.
False Finder is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that never ceases to keep the reader guessing. Loaded with twists and turns, the plot is well written and the characters are so lifelike that it feels like you truly get to know them. I particularly enjoyed Cora’s wit and snark, especially in the scenes with Rogan, and I felt that it added a lighthearted and humorous touch, perfectly balancing out the action and dramatic tone of the story. Ms. Hoddell truly has a gift when it comes to characterization, adding depth to characters that humanizes them no matter how good or devious they may be.
Overall, I highly recommend False Finder to fans of dystopian thrillers. It kept me hooked from page one, and I found myself having to force myself to put it down on several occasions. There were a few twists that I wasn’t expecting, which made for an engaging read that kept me turning the pages.
I look forward to reading more of Mia Hoddell’s work in the future.