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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 3)

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 opening this week comes from The Silent Dead by Claire McGowan, the third in the Paula McGuire series which started with The Lost.

The Silent Dead


Victim: Male. Mid-thirties. 5’7″.
Cause of death: Hanging. Initial impression – murder.
ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five.
The officers at the crime scene know exactly who the victim is.
Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of sixteen people.
The remaining four are also missing and when a second body is found, decapitated, it’s clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered.
Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case but she is up against the clock – both personally and professionally.
With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will be Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don’t they? NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


I am dead.
I don’t mind. I want to be dead. Nothing could be worse than staying alive, not like this. But all the same I’m running away. I can feel the blood between my toes, my feet slipping on the roots and branches. They’ve taken my clothes from me. You’re dead, they say. No one will miss you. You’re evil. The world is better off without you.

Chapter One

Ballyterrin, Northern Ireland, April 2011

‘We are gathered here today to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony.’
Paula’s lilies were wilting already. She shifted on her swollen feet. The bulk of her belly meant the only way she could comfortably stand was with one hip jutted out, leaning on it and she didn’t think such an insolent pose would cut it before the alter. She’d already seen the priest’s eye travelling over her stomach and then pointedly not looking at it Catholics – they were good at pretending things that did exist didn’t. And vice versa.

Please note that these excerpts are taken from a proof copy

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

39 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 3)

  1. You know, I’m always surprised by how many books (especially in the crime genre) do have a prologue, although all agents, publishers, schools of thought, writing workshops advise you to avoid one like the pest.


  2. This certainly sounds interesting, Cleo. And you know, I’ve noticed a lot of books, too, that have prologues. Interesting!


  3. I agree that prologues aren’t necessary, but sometimes, like in this case, I think they work. I like the sound of this one…the story about the crimes, set against the personal life of the forensic psychologist. I like seeing how those who try to solve crimes have real lives aside from the work.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  4. Hmm… I’d need to be convinced about this one! Re prologues – I’ve just recently read a book where I felt the prologue gave the whole game away. But most often, I forget the prologue instantly so I’m not sure what purpose it serves really.


  5. I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago. Can’t actually remember much about it except that I liked it. And this is the third, right? Hmmm….there have been changes in Paula’s life, obviously. LOL

    Yes, I’d keep reading and will put this one on my list. I might to reread #1 and I need to check and see if I have #2.


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