Thursday, October 1, 2020

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 Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library. 



Beginning:  1

Like most clusterf***s these days, it starts with a group text.



Page 56: "It's all about appearances with Sadie."  The bitterness in Ethan's voice is unmistakable.  "The important thing is keeping up the illusion."


My thoughts:  The title, opening, setting, and plot summary make this story sound like my perfect weekend read.


From Goodreads:  Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie--and her husband, June's former crush--but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone's a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie's husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you've loved the longest. 






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  1. Yes please, I need this book. It sounds like a perfect thriller for autumn.
    Cora |

  2. Ooh, this one sounds so good! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. Oh yes! This sounds like a lot of fun. I love that opening excerpt. It packs just the right punch to have me wanting to read more. And I love that cover. I hope you enjoy this one, Catherine. Have a great weekend!

  4. It does make it sound like a perfect weekend read!! Hope you're enjoying it!
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  5. Sounds like a great read!! Happy weekend!

  6. Interesting! I really enjoy unreliable narrators - sounds like no one knows what happens if they were drugged the night before! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week :)