Thursday, October 31, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and 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 Date by Louise Jensen.  The excerpts shared are from the trade paperback version I borrowed from the library.


Beginning:  Chapter One -- Sunday
Something isn't right.

I know that as soon as I wake from a thick, muddy sleep.  I know that even before I am aware of the throbbing at my temples.  It's not the stab of disappointment I get every morning when I realize I'm not in bed with Matt, that I'm no longer living, or welcome, in my own home.  It's something else.  My head is pounding, thoughts cloudy, and the whole room feels as though it's spinning.

Something is wrong.

Page 56:  You will remember everything.  I'll make sure of it.  It will all come back to you and when it does . . . 

You'll really wish it hadn't.

My thoughts:  I find the beginning and page 56 snippet very chilling--and compelling. A sense of urgency to find out more seizes me immediately.

From Goodreads:  Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor. 

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. 

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her. 

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her… 


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  1. So this one is going on my list right now! I agree, it's incredibly chilling and sounds like every woman's worst nightmare! I'm excited to hear what you think about it! Have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday Post if you have the time!

  2. :O Yupp, I am definitely adding this to my list of Want to Read. Such a chilling situation and a really haunting page 56 excerpt. I hope you enjoy it and your weekend ahead!

    Danica @ Shelves of Spines

  3. Oh oh. What has happened to Matt? Or to the relationship? My weekly review and quotes

  4. Oooo this sounds good I'm going to add it to my TBR list!

  5. I'm definitely going to add this one to my TBR. Sounds so good. Have a great weekend!