Tuesday, November 13, 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, Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks.  The excerpt shared is from the large print version I borrowed from the library.

 Closer Than You Know 


He was dressed in his best suit, the one he usually reserved for funerals.

She wore pearls.  It made her feel more maternal.

Arm in arm, they walked up a concrete path toward Shenandoah Valley Social Services, whose offices filled a cheerless metal-sided building.  There was no landscaping, no ornamentation, no attempt to make the environs more inviting.  As an agency of county government, Social Services had neither the budget nor the inclination for such gilding.  Its clientele was not there by choice.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The first thing that strikes me is the difference in the descriptions of the couple's outfits and the place they are headed to.  I wonder who these people are, who seem to take such care in their appearance and why they are going to a apparently run-down, impersonal Social Services office.  Perhaps they are down on their luck.  I imagine they want to make a good impression.  

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  1. I think they going for an adoption procedure!

  2. I love that opening - and I'm with Mystica in that I think it's to adopt a child - the maternal pearls I suppose.

  3. Interesting, I would want to read on. The cover makes me think it's more sinister than an adoption process, so yes I'm intrigued.

  4. I do want to read on to find out more. It's an unusual, and intriguing start to what sounds like a great read!

    Happy Tuesday! Here's my post for this week. Hope you're having a good week!

  5. I am definitely curious about what is happening here. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. Great intro, I'm thinking this couple is pretending to be someone they are not? Not sure why, but I do.

  7. The opening makes me wonder what they're doing at social services ... but I too think it's probably an adoption.

  8. I've had this one on my list for quite a while and I do know a bit about the storyline. I won't share that, but I'm looking forward to reading it. ;-)

  9. That's definitely an interesting beginning. I'm very curious about just what they're doing there.

  10. I thought they were going for adoption, but then that last line makes me wonder if they trying to get their kids back or need services. See what book Susan is featuring at Girl Who Reads

  11. This one is on my stacks. Looking forward to your thoughts.