Thursday, February 18, 2021

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, And Now She's Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

Beginning:  She had to do it.


Page 56: Too loud, this city. The world's toilet, this city, where everybody came to take a dump and live their worst lives.


My thoughts:  That first line is very compelling--it brings to mind so many questions: Who is she? What did she do? Why did she have to do it?

From GoodReads: Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?

It's up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray's search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman's secrets and the truth she's hidden from her friends and family.

Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, And Now She's Gone explores the nature of secrets -- and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.



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  1. The one for 56 is a pretty good line! It gives one the image of a very dirty city that is inhabited by very questionable type of people.

  2. Wow. the quote from page 56 sure makes a point, doesn't it? My quotes form Radium Girls

  3. The 56 snippet makes you think differently about New York. It doesn't appear to be all that glamorous and the place to be. Interesting premise though!

    Have a good weekend.

    Elza Reads

  4. That first line has me asking a lot of questions, too! I like the writing style in the second snippet. The repetition really grabs my attention, and I love the sound of it! Hope you enjoy it!

    Here's my Friday post.

  5. What city is this? Hopefully not one of our favorites, lol.

    I am now definitely curious and want to read more. Here's mine: “THE PARIS LIBRARY”

  6. Great descriptive 56. The first line does make you wonder what's going on with her. Sounds like a good book.

  7. And Now She's Gone sounds good, Catherine. That opening line has me wanting to know what she had to do and why too. Love the second excerpt. It speaks volumes. I hope you are enjoying this one! Have a great weekend!

  8. I've read this one. I'll be curious to see what you think of it and hope you enjoy it. You found a very compelling 56.

  9. Must be talking about the city I live in 'cause people call it a cesspool all the time. I call it home. Sounds like an interesting read! Happy weekend!

  10. My first reaction...what city is she talking about?

  11. Yucky!! Here is my Book Beginnings: