Tuesday, July 21, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #113

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .


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.

Today I'm featuring the opening from a book I'm reading, which I borrowed from the library . . .

The Life I Left Behind 

Part One

I have the dog to thank.  If it wasn't for him I might still be there and none of this would have happened.  That may sound strange given that the place teems with life.  But it's a hurried life that doesn't veer off its chosen track: cyclists in streaks of neon, joggers chasing personal bests, harried parents tailing their offspring.  Not a chance they would have spotted me twenty or so meters away, hidden in dense woodland.  I was easy to miss, which was the point after all.

"It's immaterial now."  This is the echo of my mum's voice from years back.  She wasn't a fan of my hypothetical musings.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The opening hints at a mystery and drew me in completely.  Subsequent chapters--told in the voices of Eve and Melody, both victims of brutal attacks, and DI Victoria Rutter, the lead investigator of the crimes--raise many questions, and nothing is as it seems to appear on the surface.  This fine-tuned suspenseful tale set in London has me feverishly turning the pages to reveal the perpetrator and motive.

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #113 was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  This post cannot be republished without attribution. Retweeting and sharing on Google+ encouraged.

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