Tuesday, October 23, 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 an upcoming read, Little Comfort by Edwin Hill.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.  

Little Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, #1) 

CHAPTER 1
 
All Hester Thursby wanted was a single day to herself, and today was going to be that day--even if it killed her.  She left the baby monitor on the nightstand next to her snoring non-husband, Morgan, and slipped out of the house with Waffles on the leash.  Okay, maybe she glanced into Kate's bedroom to be sure her three-year-old niece was still alive; maybe she crept up to the queen-size bed where the tiny girl slept within a protective barricade of stuffed animals.  And maybe Hester felt a wave of relief when Kate rubbed her nose with a fist and rolled over.  Kate had been staying with them since September, and no matter how much Hester wanted to keep the kid from cramping her style, she still hadn't adjusted to worrying about another human being all day and every day.  "We're making this up as we go along, kid," she whispered, kissing Kate's forehead.
 
 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
After reading the opening paragraph, I am wondering why Kate has been staying with Hester for an extended period of time.  This angle certainly piques my interest enough to continue reading.  Yet I was initially attracted to this novel for other reasons:  (a) it's the first in a series; (b) it's a mystery/thriller; and (c) the protagonist is a librarian. 
 
 
 
 
 
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14 comments:

  1. I like how the opening lines show us Hester's frustrations...and we also get a sense of danger or bad things ahead. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. You're right, Laurel. It feels like the reader is being set up for something chilling down the road.

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  2. This opening has a way of drawing you in; I'd read more and I love the cover as well.

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    1. Ravens on a book cover are usually an ominous sign . . .

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  3. I want to read this one too - same reasons as you! Librarian - I'm so there. Hope you enjoy it! I've put it on hold at my library. Thanks for reminding me about it.

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    1. When a librarian is a main character, there's no way I can resist.

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  4. I am intrigued enough to keep reading.

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  5. Okay! I want to know more. My questions are the same as yours. This week I am featuring Wolf Rising by Paige Dixon. Happy reading!

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    1. The beginning definitely speaks to our librarian curiosity.

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  6. I'd want to read more for the same reason you said, I want to know why Kate is staying with Hester, and what happens.

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    1. I'm looking forward to starting the novel and getting some answers.

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  7. I'm interested in this book too. I hope to get to it soon.

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  8. I love the sound of this too. i also really like the cover, how the blood looks like a bird ... or is that just me? lol Great pick! (Yes, I'm catching up... had a few rough days, but getting on top of things now). x

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