Monday, March 7, 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 my current read, The Cage by Bonnie Kistler. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

The Cage

First Chapter:  February 2, 2014  11:16 p.m.

The motor started up with a chug of gears that sounded like teeth gnashing. The lights flashed on, and I scrambled up off the floor and charged for the doors. The elevator plunged beneath my feet, so fast it felt like free fall, but I didn't care. I wanted down, I wanted out. In seconds we reached the lobby level. The doors opened and I burst out--into a semicircle of waiting men.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

The thought of being in a malfunctioning elevator--whether it be stuck between floors or plummeting high speed to the ground--is terrifying. So is the premise of this novel, where two employees leaving the office very late at night share an elevator ride from the thirtieth floor. When the elevator reaches the lobby, only one is alive. What happened? The opening chapter piqued my interest and I'm enjoying the story so far.


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



  1. This sounds awesome, I like the premise and it seems different for a thriller as well. I need to check it out.

  2. Wow! Now I want to read more. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I find that paragraph terrifying! I'm not a comfortable person in elevators under the best of circumstances. Ha! I hate glass elevators and when any elevator has bumps and drops and weird noises...not for me! This one might make me too anxious. ;-)

  4. Very descriptive opening. It really brings you right into the story. I would want to read this one.