Thursday, July 8, 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 The Hunting Wives by May Cobb. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

Beginning:  I keep seeing her face, upturned in the pool. Her long hair darkened by the water, stringy and tangled and noodling around her neck. Her eyes are closed, her body floating. Her lips are parted just slightly, and it looks as if she's resting, tranquil and at peace.


Page 56:  I felt like I wore new-mommy-hood well. I luxuriated in the whole attachment-parenting phenomenon--wearing Jack in a pumpkin-orange sling across my chest as often as I could, having him sleep tucked between me and Graham.


My thoughts:  I'm looking forward to starting what sounds like a scandalous, guilty pleasure type of novel--my idea of the perfect summer read!


From GoodReads:  The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.

Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.

Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.

When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.


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  1. I've been into domestic thriller/mysteries lately. I recently read one called You Can Never Tell, and the description for The Hunting Wives reminds me of it. I hope you enjoy the book once you get to it! :-)

  2. That book beginning sounds so intriguing! I hope you enjoy!

  3. This definitely sounds like a great guilty pleasure read for the summer! I'm definitely going to try and get my hands onto this one! I hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. I like how this one sounds. :-) Happy weekend!

  5. This does sound good, Catherine! I hope you are enjoying it! Have a great weekend.

  6. Let me guess. She isn't floating in the water all peaceful, unless you consider peaceful and dead in the same sentence. Ha! My Friday Quotes are here

  7. This sounds good! I just read a domestic thriller and really enjoyed it. I've been wanting another one!

  8. The cover alone makes me want to know more.

  9. I have not heard of this book. Happy reading!