Thursday, November 14, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56, Book Beginnings & First Line Fridays

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


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.
  • First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books, where bloggers share the first sentence of a book they're reading.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, the latest novel from Mary Higgins Clark.

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry 

Beginning:  Prologue
October 12

Gina Kane stretched in her window seat.  Her latest prayer had been answered.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

Part I  -  Chapter 1

Gina's apartment was on 82nd Street and West End Avenue.  Her mother and father had given it to her after they retired and moved to Florida.


Page 56:  As the owner, he'd likely be suspicious of anyone asking questions about an accident involving one of his rentals, Gina decided.


My thoughts:  The opening snippets tell us a little bit about one of the characters: Gina is going on a trip and she lives in Manhattan.  Beyond that, I am eager to read MHC's newest novel to find out more.  I'm a huge fan of her stories, and have read most of her books.

From Goodreads:   When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, including the comment “and I’m not the only one,” Gina knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, Gina is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a Jet Ski accident while on holiday.

Meanwhile, REL counsel Michael Carter finds himself in a tricky spot. Several female employees have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Carter approaches the CEO, offering to persuade the victims to accept settlements in exchange for their silence. It’s a risky endeavor, but it could well make him rich.

As more allegations emerge and the company’s IPO draws near, Carter’s attempts to keep the story from making headlines are matched only by Gina Kane’s determination to uncover the truth. Was Ryan’s death truly an accident? And when another accuser turns up dead, Gina realizes someone—or some people—will go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light.

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  1. That sounds like a very timely but probably also intense read! I haven't read anything by Clark before, but I'll be adding this to my TBR. I hope you have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday Post if you have the time!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry sounds like a timely read. Enjoy your current read. :-)

  3. What is her latest prayer? Does it take long to find out? My Friday quotes

  4. Over on my blog, I am sharing 4-fabulous first lines from the just-released-today new book, The Highlanders (A Smitten Historical Romance Collection). Do stop by and check it out! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I'm sharing the first line from Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano: It's SO good. I'm currently on chapter 17, so I'll share the first line from there.

    "Can't thank you enough, Reginald, for insisting on accompanying Poppy and me as we search for that peddler," Murray said from the far side of the sleigh, staunchly ignoring the frown Poppy, who was squished in between Reginald and Murray, was sending him.

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 🙂❤📖

  6. I've read her books, not all of them, but those I have I really enjoyed! Great choice. She is brilliant!

    Happy Friday! Here is my Friday post. Have a fun weekend!

  7. I just added this one to my hard cover stack this week. Enjoy!

  8. Based on the synopsis, it's one I'd like to read! Happy weekend!

  9. Somehow I've never read anything by this author - one of these days. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  10. I need to get back into reading her books. I used to read her books like they were potato chips years ago. I had the chance to meet her at a book festival one year. She and her daughter were signing together. She was such a delight. I hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Because of You” by Becky Wade:

    “Maddie Winslow met the man of her dreams the same day that her friend Olivia introduced Maddie to her new boyfriend. Which would have been splendid, except that the man of Maddie’s dreams was Olivia’s new boyfriend.”