Thursday, May 5, 2022

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 Club by Ellery Lloyd. The excerpts shared are from a hardcover edition borrowed from the library.

The Club 

Beginning:  By the time the Land Rover was halfway across the causeway it must have been obvious they were never going to make it. Not at the speed that tide was coming in. Not with that distance still t go. At which point, what do you do?


Page 56:  As valuable as Annie was, Nikki thought, she should still be treading very carefully right now, with Ned so on edge. Because if there was one thing Ned Groom could not abide, it was being upstaged.


My thoughts:  Murder, mystery, and secrets--all seem to await behind the doors of a remote celebrity club. Sounds like the perfect weekend read to me.


From GoodReads:  From the author of People Like Her comes a smart and sinister murder mystery set in the secretive world of exclusive celebrity clubs.

Everyone's Dying to Join . . .

The Home Group is a glamorous collection of celebrity members' clubs dotted across the globe, where the rich and famous can party hard and then crash out in its five-star suites, far from the prying eyes of fans and the media.

The most spectacular of all is Island Home—a closely-guarded, ultraluxurious resort, just off the English coast—and its three-day launch party is easily the most coveted A-list invite of the decade.

But behind the scenes, tensions are at breaking point: the ambitious and expensive project has pushed the Home Group's CEO and his long-suffering team to their absolute limits. All of them have something to hide—and that's before the beautiful people with their own ugly secrets even set foot on the island.

As tempers fray and behavior worsens, as things get more sinister by the hour and the body count piles up, some of Island Home’s members will begin to wish they’d never made the guest list.

Because at
this club, if your name’s on the list, you’re not getting out.


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  1. Just the cover by itself makes me want to know more...

  2. The opening line caught my attention. And the plot sounds like something I'd enjoy.

  3. Great excerpts! This one sounds so good! Here's mine: “THE HOMEWRECKERS”

  4. This is one I'd like to read. Sounds awesome! Happy weekend!

  5. Sounds like an excellent book!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  6. The opening sounds intense! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Even the title is so clever. Bet you have a good weekend reading. My book is GOOD ENOUGH