Monday, June 7, 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 recent read, Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson. The excerpt shared is from an advance reader copy I received from the publisher via NetGalley is exchange for an honest review.

First Chapter:  She first spotted him at Bobbie's Coffee Shop on Twenty-Second Street. He was at a window seat, idly looking at his phone, a white mug in front of him. Abigail was on her way to the office for her half day, dodging pedestrians on the sidewalk, thinking about the wedding, wondering if maybe she should have invited her cousin Donald and his wife whose name she always forgot.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

For me, Peter Swanson's novels are must-reads. And his newest novel doesn't disappoint. 

My review . . . Abigail Baskin is soon to marry her affluent fiance Bruce Lamb when, on a bachelorette weekend at a west coast winery, she has an intimate encounter with a charming stranger. The one-night stand leaves her feeling guilty and introspective, questioning her true feelings for Bruce and their relationship. Despite her ambivalence, Abigail has decided to bury her secret from that weekend, secure in the fact that she and the stranger hadn't disclosed any personal information to each other and had used false names.  Thus the wedding plans proceed, flawlessly executed by Bruce's attentiveness and wealth. 

Shorty before the wedding, however, Abigail realizes that her mystery man may be stalking her. And when Scottie shows up on the remote island where Abigail and Bruce are honeymooning, an unimaginable nightmare begins to unfold . . .

Every Vow You Break is filled with the breathtaking twists and turns that are characteristic of each of Swanson's novels. This expertly crafted, pulse raising, page turning, psychologically suspenseful novel shows yet again why Swanson is one of the best contemporary writers in the genre.


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  1. I would keep reading! This sounds interesting.

  2. I hope you enjoy this one. I love the author's other books but, for me, this one wasn't a favorite.

  3. I LOVED this book! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE NEWCOMER”

  4. I never read anything by this author but this excerpt has grabbed my attention. I'm going to add it to my wishlist.