Monday, May 31, 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 Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

First Chapter:  Game

The year Peter went missing was the year of the floods. I was on my way home from a meeting in Paris when the call came. it was a Wednesday, late April, and as the train hurtled toward London night was coming on. The heavy clouds were darkest blue and great pools of water lay in the fields like molten silver. I was on my laptop, reading about the latest in a series of leaked financial papers. When I glanced up, the last light slipped away, and my reflection coalesced upon the window as though the darkness was developing fluid.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

I like the setting and the descriptiveness of the first paragraph, and I'm curious about the chapter heading. Since I find stories with missing persons particularly intriguing, I'm looking forward to starting this debut novel.


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  1. That's a very descriptive opening and really grabbed my interest.

  2. Great excerpt! Now I want to keep reading.