Thursday, December 3, 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, They Never Learn by Layne Fargo.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version of the book borrowed from the library.


 Beginning:  Scarlett

I'll know it's working when he starts to scream.


Page 56:  I don't know whether it's his harsh grading or his height or that unsettling gaze of his, but the students seem far more scared of him than they are of me.  If they only knew.


My thoughts:  I like stories that are set on college campuses, and this particular story promises twists and turns to hold my interest.


From GoodReads:  Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder.

Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself—but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus. Determined to keep her enemies close, Scarlett insinuates herself into the investigation and charms the woman in charge, Dr. Mina Pierce. Everything’s going according to her master plan…until she loses control with her latest victim, putting her secret life at risk of exposure.

Meanwhile, Gorman student Carly Schiller is just trying to survive her freshman year. Finally free of her emotionally abusive father, all Carly wants is to focus on her studies and fade into the background. Her new roommate has other ideas. Allison Hadley is cool and confident—everything Carly wishes she could be—and the two girls quickly form an intense friendship. So when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly becomes obsessed with making the attacker pay...and turning her fantasies about revenge into a reality.


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  1. Ooh this sounds amazing! I love a good campus setting as well as bad men receiving punishment. I will definitely be adding this one to the TBR pile! Do drop by my post if you have the time and I hope you have a lovely weekend :) Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. Intrigued by the first line. Not so sure about 56, though. Have a great weekend.

  3. Wow, this one sounds intense. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE LIES YOU TOLD”

  4. Like the parallel between Scarlett and Carly. Lot's of things could go wrong there. I like the title, too. It seems a bit playful, given the premise.

  5. What a gripping opening line!!! Happy weekend!

  6. I like college settings too. And that cover really caught my eye. I hope you are enjoying this one, Catherine! Have a great week.

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