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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 26)

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 current read is The Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum which will be published on 4 June 2015 by Random House UK

The Drowned Boy


He’d just learnt to walk,’ she said. ‘He was sitting playing on his blanket, then all of a sudden he was gone.’
A 16-month-old boy is found drowned in a pond right by his home. Chief Inspector Sejer is called to the scene as there is something troubling about the mother’s story. As even her own family turns against her, Sejer is determined to get to the truth.

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Chapter 1
The dizziness hit him in short, sharp bursts that overwhelmed him, and even though he fought against it, he lost his balance. This is not good he thought, in desperation, this is it. He tried as best he could to stay on his feet, managed somehow to get over to the mirror on the wall and studied his face with keen eyes. No, I can’t ignore it any more, it must be a tumour, why should I get away with it, I’m no better than anyone else, not in the slightest. Of course it was cancer. That’s what we die of these days, one in three, he thought, even one in two, if we live to be old enough. And soon I’ll be an old man, I’m halfway to a hundred. But I’m probably going to die now.

This is the eleventh in the Inspector Sejer series and a new one to me. This opening doesn’t have any direct correlation to the synopsis but would you keep reading?

Do you want to know more?

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

41 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 26)

  1. It’s interesting that the character considers himself “old” at fifty! I’d keep reading to find out what happens to him. (This sounds like a good series, too.)
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  2. Adding my ‘old’ thoughts here. LOL

    I’d keep reading just to find out how this man relates to the story. I haven’t read any of this series, but I’ve been curious about it.


  3. Oh, I like Karin Fossum’s work very much, Cleo, so this one sounds right up my street. And the premise of this one sounds chilling but intriguing. I’ll be keen to know what you think of it when you’ve finished.


  4. I’ve read one by this author. Yes you’re right, the paragraph seems directionless. Seems as though many crime writers start with these sorts of ‘forewords’ and they’d better be good or they’re worthless.


    1. I’m really pleased to say that after we’d got over the introspection and the mystery started that I’m really enjoying this book. This is more a slow-burn kind of read with the mystery being far more about the psychology of the mother…


  5. Yikes, I’m older than him so I should squint in the mirror and feel ancient 🙂
    The beginning tells us nothing of the plot but I read the blurb and am interested, and I have been wanting to read a Karin Fossum. It’s just the same old story of having to start at the beginning and see how much of her series I can pick up. Enjoy!


    1. I read her stand-alone novel The Murder of Harriet Krohn last year and really enjoyed it so decided to give this a go – the trouble is I’m enjoying it so much I’ll want to read from the beginning now!


  6. I kept wondering how the beginning went with the plot but thankfully you reassured me I wasn’t going crazy! This book sounds really good but I have to read a bit more before knowing whether it’s one for me! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week and that I see you at ABEA!
    My Tuesday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


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