Thursday, September 27, 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 an upcoming read,  The Confession by Jo Spain.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

The Confession: A Novel 

Beginning: Prologue
Present day, 2012
It's the first spray of my husband's blood hitting the television screen that will haunt me in the weeks to come - a perfect diagonal splash, each droplet descending like a vivid red tear.
Part One
When I first met Harry, he told me he worked in finance.

Page 56:  Even then, I think I'd already accepted that Harry could be manipulative.
I was so crazy about him, I just didn't care.
My thoughts:  Psychological thrillers are one of my favorite genres, and this one sounds like a really outstanding one.
From Goodreads:  Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry's many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who - of Harry, Julie and JP - is really the guilty one? And is Carney's surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?


  1. This one seems kind of interesting. Enjoy your current read!

  2. Sounds epic!! Love the cover too! Happy weekend!

  3. Sounds great. I love psychological thrillers. This week I am featuring the latest in a long-running science fiction space opera - Uncompromising Honor by David Weber. Happy reading!

  4. Wow, those opening lines were stunning...and now I want to read this book. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “WE WERE MOTHERS”

  5. This sounds so good! I love a good thriller too. I haven't heard of The Confession before, but it's going straight on my wish list. Thanks for sharing, Catherine! I hope you have a great weekend.

  6. I like thrillers, but I have to admit that first line makes me feel a bit squeamish.

  7. I like Psychological thrillers too. I wonder what happened to the husband. I'm thinking he might have been shot. It all happened in front of the t.v. Isn't that something? Have a nice weekend reading and doing whatever.

  8. This one definitely sounds twisty. I'll watch for it at my library.

  9. That prologue is definitely attenion grabbing. I love psychological thrillers. See what book MK is featuring at Girl Who Reads

  10. Wow that's a beginning! I'm definitely curious about this one and will definitely be looking for it!