Tuesday, October 28, 2014

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #80 and Teaser Tuesdays

   It's Tuesday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.
  • Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, where bloggers post two (2) random “teaser” sentences--no spoilers allowed--to try to entice others to seek out these books.
Today I'm featuring the opening paragraphs and a teaser from my current read, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson.  The book has a very strange title, but it is a mysterious page turner.

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart 


It was dusk, but as he turned onto the rutted driveway he could make out the perimeter of yellow tape that still circled the property.

George parked his Saab, but left the engine running.  He tried not to think about the last time he'd been to this almost-hidden house on a dead-end road in New Essex.

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Chapter 1

At five minutes past five on a Friday night, George Foss walked directly from his office to Jack Crow's Tavern through the gluey air of a Boston heat wave.  He'd spent the final three hours of work meticulously proofreading a rewrite on an illustrator's contract, then staring numbly through his window at the hazy blue of the city sky.  He disliked late summer the way other Bostonians disliked the long New England winters.  The weary trees, the yellowing parks, and the long humid nights all made him long for the crisp weather of autumn, for breathable air that didn't make his skin stick to his clothes and his bones feel tired.

Teaser:  "He knew instinctively that turning around was the worst thing to do, but he turned anyway, looking in the general direction of her face, avoiding her eyes that shone wetly under the high sun.  Her eyebrows were raised a fraction, her mouth set in a worried half frown." ~ p. 34

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

What are you reading now or planning to read soon?
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #80 and Teaser Tuesdays was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  This post cannot be republished without attribution.

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