Tuesday, May 29, 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, The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen.  The excerpts shared are from a trade paperback version borrowed from the library.

Fifteen years ago
Thursday, August 15

When I think of that night now, I remember the heat, clammy and intense on my skin, and the sense of feverish excitement in the air.  I think of the taxi ride to the party with my friend Lauren, her body soft and scented against mine as we sat crushed into the backseat with her boyfriend, Tom.  The radio was on, the windows were wide open, and "London Calling" started to play.  I remember the surge of happiness I felt then; I'd just been accepted by London University and would be there within a month.  Whenever I hear that song now, it takes me straight back there, to that taxi ride to Alex's house.  It's as though I am that girl, the girl I used to be.

But I'm not.

Part One
Present day
Friday, June 16

When I saw him for the first time, I didn't t think he'd be trouble.  He was tall and broad, built like a rugby player, nice enough, I suppose, but not the kind of man you'd necessarily look twice at in the street.  At first glance he looked harmless enough. That's how men like him operate, I suppose.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The author creates an ominous feeling of suspense in both the prologue and the first chapter.  As the reader, I can sense that something dangerous is about to happen, and am urgently drawn toward these characters and their unfolding story.

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  1. I agree that the author sets the stage very well. You can tell that something very bad is going to occur. I've got this one on my list to read as well. Sounds good!

  2. Loved the intro, as it really made me want to read more. Here is my link:


  3. I'm curious to know what happened so I'd keep reading.

  4. I've been noticing this book, and I can relate to that beginning. I have had moments when a song triggers a series of memories and I'm reliving moments in the past. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  5. I like the sound of this; hope you are enjoying it.

  6. The author builds a sense of curiosity. I want to read more. I'm glad you shared this one.

  7. Very suspenseful. I'm wondering what changed her. This week I have Memory of Fire by Callie Bates from my review stack. Happy reading!

  8. Yes, love the sense of danger. I want to read this! I've read her first book, and loved it.

    Here is mine: https://alternative-read.com/2018/05/29/talk-tuesday-with-robin-burcell/

    Happy Tuesday :)

  9. Oh I like both intros here! It definitely makes me want to know more about what's going on and the narrator.

  10. To be honest, I'm not sure I'd keep reading or not. There's bit too much of "knowing he's going to be trouble."