Monday, April 19, 2021

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph


It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Today I'm featuring a current read, Falling by T.J. Newman. The excerpt is from an eARC, which the publisher granted me access to. The expected publication date is July 6, 2021.

First Chapter:  Giving the duvet a shake, Carrie smoothed the creases with her hand. A whiff of fresh-cut grass drew her glance to the open window. The neighbor across the street mopped his face with the bottom of his shirt before closing the trash can full of lawn clippings with a clunk. Dragging it into the backyard, he gave a wave to a passing car, the loud music fading as it drove on. Behind her, in the bathroom, the shower shut off.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

The chapter opening is ho-hum, giving no indication of the gripping thriller about to unfold. It's merely the calm before the storm. Think HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, based on the book of the same name by Chris Bohjalian, only on steroids. It's a compulsive page turner.


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  1. You are right - no idea that this is a thriller from the intro, I did like The Flight Attendant so I would read on.

  2. Definitely reminds me of the calm before the storm in some of my favorite The Flight Attendant! I do want to read on!!

  3. You are right, seems nice, but too peaceful to stay that way long! I keep getting ads for this book! I'm curious!!
    Mine is a historical novel on a forgotten French woman painter:

  4. I enjoyed The Flight Attendant on HBO Max, but I never read the book. I can't tell that this is a thriller from the opening but I did like the Flight Attendant so I'd read it.

  5. Oh this sounds good! I love the descriptiveness of the beginning but I must say I've never been able to just easily shake out wrinkles of a duvet!