Tuesday, September 11, 2018

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 


First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring a current read, After Nightfall by A.J. Banner.  The excerpt shared is from the trade paperback copy I borrowed from the library.  

After Nightfall 

Lauren is flirting with my fiance over the dinner I spent hours preparing.  She gets this way when she's had too much wine.  I'm not far behind her; I'm already into my second glass of merlot.  I'm not even sure why I'm drinking--I usually don't.  But tonight, Nathan and I are planning to announce our engagement.  Our shared future shimmers on a single fragile thread--his daughter's approval.  Anna is only nine years old and fiercely loyal to her mother.  He promised he'd broken the news to her earlier today, but she hasn't said anything to me.  At the moment she's busy hiding olives in her lap.  I forgot that she hates them in pasta.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I was anxious to get my hands on a copy of this book after reading Banner's previous novel, The Twilight WifeI get the same ominous feeling in this opening paragraph as I did reading The Twilight Wife.  To find out more about what I mean,  you can read my review of The Twilight Wife here.

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  1. Sounds like trouble already! I'm interested enough to want to read at least a little more.

  2. Oh, yes! This one has been on my list and I also want to read THE TWILIGHT WIFE. Both seems like books I'd like.

  3. Yes, I'd keep reading. I 've been eying this one. Hope you are enjoying it.

  4. I'd read this lol Who can't resist that first line? Things are not going to go well for them...

    Here is my Tuesday post.

    Enjoy your week x

  5. Now I'm hooked. I loved The Twilight Wife, and after those opening lines, I knew I had to add it to my list! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. Great beginning. I can feel the tension at that dinner party and wonder what's going to happen next.

  7. I'd probably keep reading, I like the beginning.

  8. I like the writing of the opening chapter, but I'm not sure I would read it. Sometimes stories like this hit on issues that are little too close to home. Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads.

  9. Oh this sounds good and I know I haven't read anything by this author. I'm predisposed to like Anna because she doesn't like olives!