Monday, February 24, 2020

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, is 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, The Illness Lesson, by Clare Beams. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

 The Illness Lesson 

Birds, Again
Ashwell, Massachusetts, 1871

Wonders, wonders!
--Miles Pearson, The Darkening Glass (p. 4)

The first of the birds Caroline mistook for her own mind's work.  When the streak of red crossed the kitchen windowpane, fast, disastrous-bright, she thought it was some bloody piece come loose inside herself.

Then her father appeared from the study and held the doorframe, leaning in.  "Caroline!  Did you see?"

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
It's a curious opening and title...and an interesting cover.  I can't wait to crack the spine on this book.

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  1. Wow, that is a great snippet...and I love the cover and its creepiness! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE OTHER MRS.”

  2. Great teaser! It sure has me wondering about this book.

  3. I love the opening and the cover! I'm very intrigued now.