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Tuesday ~ First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 24)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

My post this week is from Humber Boy B by Ruth Dugdall where we meet the probation officer Cate Austin after her outings in The Woman Before Me and The Sacrificial Man.

Humber Boy B


A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity.
Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. But the general public’s anger is steadily growing, and those around her are wondering if the
secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep. Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime. She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder. Or is there a greater evil at play? Amazon

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

July 2013

Down the grassy bank, under the shadow of the Humber Bridge, a teenager walks on her hands in the shallows, blonde hair hanging into the water so the tips are soaked dark. Flipping back up, she sees black specs of grit on her palms from the waterbed and tries to wipe them off along her upper thighs, newly fleshed out. Her swimsuit digs in at the top of her legs; it’s too small now but she hasn’t got any other and it’s a warm day and she longs to be in the water. Too warm, there must be a storm coming.

Please note the quote is from a proof copy, the book is due to be published on 1 April 2015

Do you want to know more? Would you keep reading?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

41 thoughts on “Tuesday ~ First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 24)

  1. The blurb definitely has my attention because I have been wondering about this after seeing something on the news! The opening seems almost relatable and recognizable, which is scary considering what the book is about! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words


    1. The fact that there have been few child killers means that this book relates to those we know although the circumstances are very different. This is as much about what happens to the boy convicted of murder, on his release as the crime itself.


  2. Thanks for sharing this, Cleo. The first paragraph sets the reader up I think to believe that something nasty is going to happen. Beyond that, I’ll be keen to see your full review.


  3. I like the blurb and had actually heard something about this book already. And, yes, I think the first part sets us up for what is coming. I could guess…but I might not be right. Yes, I would read this one. 🙂


  4. I love the intro and the blurb…you had me at “probation officer,” as I love stories with characters like probation officers or social workers…LOL. And this one sounds very good. Thanks!

    And thanks for visiting my blog.


  5. I like the teaser you shared. It sets the tone, well, I think. I would continue to read. The blurb has me curious too. I love books like this.


  6. i’m usually hesitant to read a book where a child is injured or murdered. But if this one isn’t gory, I’d give it a try. I like the foreboding “there must be a storm coming.”
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG


    1. It isn’t gory it rather it examines the reaction of the public to the crime and the after effects on the boy who was convicted after his release – the opening paragraph does set the scene with that last paragraph doesn’t it?


    1. Yes I agree the beginning isn’t the most dynamic I’ve read but it does set the tone and style of the rest of the book. The synopsis had me sold without the fact that I’m a fan of this author already.


  7. I wonder of this was inspired by the Jamie Bulger case in the UK where two boys abducted a young child and killed him. They were given fresh identities on their release but there were similar questions about whether that was right.


    1. I think it was although the author references the Bulger case in this book to make it clear it isn’t the same – as Ruth Dugdall says at the end of the book that she worked with boys like Ben in Young Offender Units adds a layer of realism to the issue from an insider’s viewpoint.


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