Thursday, June 21, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & 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 The Suspect by Michael Robotham.  The excerpts shared are from the trade paperback version I borrowed from the library.
 The Suspect (Joseph O'Loughlin Series #1)

Beginning:  From the pitched slate roof of the Royal Marsden Hospital, if you look between the chimney pots and TV aerials, you see more chimney pots and TV aerials.  It's like that scene from Mary Poppins where all the chimneysweeps dance across the rooftops twirling their brooms.

From up here I can just see the dome of the Royal Albert Hall.  On a clear day I could probably see all the way to Hampstead Heath, although I doubt if the air in London ever gets that clear.

Page 56:  "I'm not interested in the minutiae of how she died.  Instead I look for clues that relate to her life."

My thoughts:  This book combines two of my favorite elements:  a favorite setting (in this case London) and the first installment in a new-to-me series.  I also like the author's observations about London.

From  Renowned psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin has it all—a thriving practice, a devoted, beautiful, fiercely intelligent wife, and a lovely young daughter. But when he's diagnosed with Parkinson's, O'Loughlin begins to dread the way his exceptional mind has been shackled to a failing body, and the cracks in his perfect existence start to show.  

At first, O'Loughlin is delighted to be called in to a high-profile murder investigation, hoping his extraordinary abilities at perception will help bring a killer to justice. But when O'Loughlin recognizes the victim as one of his former patients, an emotionally disturbed young woman who nearly brought ruin upon him, O'Loughlin hesitates-a fateful decision that soon places O'Loughlin at the top of the lists of both a bullish detective, and a diabolical killer.

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Breana M. said...

I have to admit that the Mary Poppins comparison seems accurate for the scene. And now I can't help but think about that movie.

Kay said...

It's been a long time since I read this one and now I'm remembering that beginning with the Mary Poppins reference. Ha! A really good series, in my opinion. Can't wait for the newest coming out on Tuesday!

Phoebe @ My Bookish Friends said...

This is a series that I've been tracking on Goodreads and wanting to read. It sounds interesting to me! Thanks!

Sassy Brit @ said...

I love they quote Mary Poppins roof tops! This author is not one I've actually read yet...

Here is mine this week:

Have a lovely weekend! x

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've read one book by this author (The Secrets She Keeps), so I am definitely intrigued by this one. Thanks for sharing...and enjoy. Here's mine: “SURPRISE ME”

Katherine P said...

I like the scene setting of that beginning and that 56 has me intrigued! This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy!

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds like a great story. I hope you enjoy it. This week I have a book that has been on TBR mountain way too long - A Rumor of Bones by Beverly Connor. Happy reading!

Literary Feline said...

I am partial to a London setting. :-) I really enjoy Michael Robotham's books and hope you are enjoying this one, Catherine!

fredamans said...

I like the way it sounds. That beginning really pulled me in! Happy weekend!

collettakay said...

I love finding a new series that grabs my interest! I hope you can stop by:


Yvonne said...

I haven't read anything by this author but it sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

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