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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 7)

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 intro this week is from No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary whose debut novel Someone Else’s Skin wowed me last year.

No Other Darkness


Two young boys.
Trapped underground in a bunker.
Unable to understand why they are there.
Desperate for someone to find them.
Slowly realising that no-one will…
Five years later, the boys’ bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome’s career begins.
Her only focus is the boys. She has to find out who they are and what happened to them.
For Marnie, there is no other darkness than this… Amazon

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Five years ago

Fred’s crying again, a snotty noise with a whine in it, like the puppy when he’s shut outside. Archie’s the oldest, so it’s his job to take care of Fred when Mum and Dad aren’t around, but he’s fed up of drying Fred’s eyes and wiping Fred’s nose. Most of all, he’s fed up with telling Fred it’s going to be okay. Archie doesn’t like telling lies, especially not to his little brother.

Please note the quote is from a proof copy

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

47 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 7)

  1. I’m a little thrown by the opening. It’s in present tense but it’s also … omniscient? I’m not a big fan of present tense writing, but not being able to nail down a narrator has me thinking it’s not for me.


  2. This sounds really unsettling, Cleo, and gut-wrenching too. I’ll be interested in what you think of it overall when you’ve finished it.


  3. Yes, I would read it and shall read it eventually. I like this cover better than the US cover, which has a creepy doll on the front. I don’t like creepy doll covers. 😉


  4. This one is definitely off the table. I can’t read books with people locked up somewhere as I always have the feeling I have to dash through the book so that they are saved/their misery put to an end. In other words I feel complicit.

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  5. The opening you shared does have me interested. The blurb makes me feel even more for those poor boys.


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