Thursday, January 25, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:


  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring my current read, A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis (a pseudonym of longtime crime fiction author Katia Lief).  This is the first book in a new series called The Searchers.  The excerpts shared are from a copy I borrowed from the library. 

A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1) 
She likes the feel of the ground underfoot and so she toes off her sneakers and carries them, swinging loosely from her fingertips.  But after a couple of minutes she steps on something sharp and changes her mind.
Roy's eyes are cloudy.  He blinks and suddenly they're hazel again, like they used to be: green-streaked riverbeds of timeworn memory.  Elsa gently squeezes his hand, hoping he'll say something, anything, as unexpectedly as his eyes gained color.  He hasn't spoken all morning.  He lies there, his short salty hair poking in every direction, staring at the charcoal screen of the turned-off television, taking in the latest news of his diagnosis.
Page 56: "She should have done what she'd told Lex she was doing and gone into the office.  Maybe she still will, if only to erase her lie."

My thoughts:  The opening lines of the prologue and first chapter don't convey much of the plot, which revolves around the disappearance of a 17 year old girl, who never made it home from her job at a local coffee house.  It is up to FBI Special Agent Elsa Myers to find Ruby Haverstock, despite a lack of promising leads and pressing personal matters of her own. 
I found myself fully engaged in the story after completing the prologue and first chapter.  Elsa Myers is an interesting character with a curious past that is slowly being revealed.  I keep reading "just one more chapter" (or two) because I find Elsa every bit as compelling as the investigation and its outcome.
From GoodreadsA girl, missing
A woman, searching
A killer, planning...

A thrilling new FBI series for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter.

FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people.
She knows how it feels to be lost...

Though her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, Elsa cannot refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads hides the fact that she did not go willingly.

With each passing hour, as the hunt for Ruby deepens into a search for a man who may have been killing for years, the case starts to get underneath Elsa's skin. Everything she has buried - her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother's death - threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.

In order to save the missing girl, she may have to lose herself...and return to the darkness she's been hiding from for years.

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