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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The First To Tell by Milan Sergent is a black comedy. Cooper Pearmain is looking forward to retirement and has big plans. He knows a devastating secret about Lilibet, his wife who wants to remain in the limelight forever, even though her career is over. If Cooper spills her secret, it’s all over. But she has an ace up her sleeve too – an equally devastating secret that could destroy her husband’s work. That is all that holds these two together, the only thing that gets them past the fact that they hate each other with a passion. Their ever-increasing public wars are starting to lead people to question if it’s nothing more than a way to keep Lilibet in the public eye or whether it goes much deeper than that. The Pearmains suspect that a psychology undergraduate and her husband are about to blow the lid on them but before they can do anything about it, the Mayfields’ vacation goes hilariously wrong, changing everything and everyone. They are all about to learn the hard way that confession is sometimes the best option.
The First To Tell by Milan Sergent is another great comedy from a master storyteller, this time a somewhat dark comedy. First off, this is NOT a book for youngsters – it is strictly adults-only. Second, if you don’t get dark or black humor, this isn’t for you. If you do, be prepared to laugh your socks off. Although it is an American story, the characters feel just a little bit British to me and I can visualize them, especially the Pearmains, in a distinctly upper-class British setting. There is plenty of action here, starting right from the first page, and you will find yourself laughing and flinching in equal parts as the story unfolds before you. You’ll be rooting for the characters while at the same time feeling like you want to give them a good kick in the rear quarters. This is black comedy at its finest from a multi-talented author who, it would seem, can turn his hand to just about any genre. Another thoroughly enjoyable read.