Monday, January 17, 2022

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, Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins. The excerpt shared is from a Net Galley eBook copy.

First Chapter:  Sometimes I wonder if people on vacation think they're actually on another planet. 

Or maybe just another dimension?


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

I did . . .  and here's what I thought . . . of this novel about a vacation that goes horribly wrong . . .

When Lux and Nico are hired to ferry two young women aboard their boat, the Susannah, the four twenty-somethings set sail from Maui in search of adventure. Their destination is Meroe Island, a deserted atoll in the Pacific. Aware of the dark history of the island, the group is surprised to find a couple docked there who are also pursuing a sense of wanderlust. The six become fast friends--lounging and swimming all day and partying all night in the idyllic setting. To all appearances, they are a carefree group of vacationers.

But they discover that the island paradise is not as perfect as it seems--and living off the grid becomes quite perilous as the secrets and lies these individuals are keeping begin to unravel. As their past transgressions come to light, a series of betrayals emerges. Not knowing who--if anyone--is trustworthy, each must rely on their survival skills in hopes of returning to civilization alive.

Reckless Girls is an intricately woven tale of suspense with a cast of well-drawn characters. The plot's touches of Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies, and Darwinism makes it a compelling page turner written by an author who has proven herself to be a master storyteller.


This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. 


  1. It sounds like a great read! I may just have to add it to my neverending TBR.

  2. I loved the setting and atmosphere in this one. enjoy

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  3. This sounds wonderful. I love that opening. Another book to add to my wishlist.

  4. I started this book, and made it through the opening chapters. Perhaps I should have kept going! Thanks for sharing.