Friday, October 19, 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 my current read,  Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

Shelter in Place 

Beginning:  On Friday, July 22, 2005, Simone Knox ordered a large Fanta--orange--to go with her popcorn and Swedish Fish.  The choice, her standard night-at-the-movies fare, changed her life, and very likely saved it.  Still, she'd never drink Fanta again.


Page 56:   Reed knew what the papers and TV said about Paulson, what neighbors and teachers said.  How shocked they were, how he'd never been violent.  Always bright and helpful.

My thoughts:   This story is a bit of a departure for Nora Roberts, with its "ripped from the headlines" theme.  It may not be a comfortable read, but in her able hands, the story is taking some interesting and unexpected turns.

From Goodreads:  
Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide.

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.

The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.

But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.


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Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

Oh. I am so curious how FANTA saved her life. This week I'm listening to Soul of America

fredamans said...

I'm curious for more too!! Happy weekend!

Kathy Martin said...

I enjoyed this one. It is a departure from her usual, but she handled it well. This week I'm featuring Leverage in Death by J. D. Robb - the latest in the series. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, now I am definitely intrigued. Thanks for sharing, and here's my very late post: “BITTER ORANGE”

Kay said...

I've had this one on my Kindle for a while, but have not been in the mood to read it. I'll get to it before long I expect. I can see that this is indeed a departure for Roberts. It's funny, I love her J.D. Robb series and I love some of her trilogies that feature witches or other paranormal characters. I don't do as well with her standalones. Not sure why.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I've had a library copy of Shelter in Place for months now--and am reading it now because I'm on my last renewal (10 times!). A librarian friend started reading it when I mentioned that I am reading it, so we plan to discuss it when we're finished.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

The story handles a tragic topic, but definitely worth the read.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

She's such a versatile author--I think of her as the Meryl Streep of books.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Thanks for visiting, Freda. Have a wonderful weekend!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

It's funny how little decisions can have huge consequences.

Girl Who Reads said...

Sounds really good. I like "ripped from the headline" stories.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Thanks for dropping in, Donna. Enjoy your weekend!

Roberta Gibson said...

This does sound like a departure, but I have to admit that first line grabbed me.

Sassy Brit @ said...

Nora is one of my old favourites, I'm intrigued to what this one is going to be like. I've looked it up and I like the sound of it. I'm a little out of touch with her books, and so need to catch up.

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