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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 21)

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 Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell

Don't Turn Around

You don’t know him. But he knows you.

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.
As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked.
What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.
Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …
With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves. NetGalley

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Jennifer Knight would not have walked home alone had she known the eyes of a serial killer were upon her. He retreated into the shadows as she strode down the moonlit path, her sender legs accentuated by five-inch heels. He licked his lips, stoked by his heavy breath. Jennifer’s footsteps grew louder as she approached, and his gloved fingers gripped the handle of the jagged hunting knife. He could almost hear her heartbeat accelerate as the weight of his stare bore down on her. The smell of her perfume reached his senses and he inhaled her fragrance. Turn around pretty girl, come see what I have for you he thought, intoxicated by her presence. He watched as the young woman paused to fiddle in her bag. It brought forth the jangle of keys, and she quickened her pace.

A chilling opening by anyone’s standards I’d say. What do you think? 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

46 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 21)

  1. Omg this opening is terrifying… I think this is pretty much every woman’s first nightmare! No one wants to know they’re being watched! I love these kinds of thrillers so I will have to check it out! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
    My Tuesday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


  2. That first bit really gets your attention, Cleo – thanks for sharing. And I do like a story that links past crimes and present. I’ll be keen to know what you think of this one when you’ve finished it.


  3. I already had this book on my list – probably from something you posted earlier. However, can’t you just see it? Yep, I’d keep reading and be lost in the story. 🙂


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