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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 2)

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.

To start February off in the best way I am featuring a psychological thriller; The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft which is going to be published on 5 February 2016.

The Girl You Lost


Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.
A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.
Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.
Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?
When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.
Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.
Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her? NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


It had been easy to get him alone. He’d played right into her hands and all she’d had o do was flash a smile at him. Laugh at his jokes. Pretend to be interested in his words.


Eighteen Years Ago

I stare at y baby as I hold her in my arms and can’t believe we’ve produced something so beautiful. She may have arrived years to early but I wouldn’t change a thing. I only hope Matt feels the same. He seems out of his comfort zone, but then so am I. Sometimes I watch him holding her nervously, as if she is china that will break in his hand, but the smile on his face speaks louder than any of his doubts. They have all gone now, vanquished by our beautiful Helena.

Please note these excerpts come from a proof copy

So what do you think? Do you want to know more?

If you have an opening to share, please leave your link in the comments box below.


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

37 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 2)

  1. Do you know what I notice? At virtually all writing workshops, instructors and agents, editors and publishers say: ‘No prologues please’ and yet so many published books do have prologues.


  2. Oh wow, that title is already quite a draw but I also really enjoyed the teasers! Psychological thrillers are right up my alley so I should probably check this one out! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
    My Tuesday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


  3. This sounds like a really compelling premise for a story, Cleo. I’ve noticed, though, how many books lately have been about missing and abducted children. I wonder why that topic… Hmmm….


  4. Yes, I’d keep reading. I have a copy of this one and am very interested. I also think that like mentioned above, the ‘snatched child’ theme is on the rise.


  5. I loved the author’s book The Girl with No Past…and you probably have guessed that I’m a sucker for “lost children” stories. Adding it to my list! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog (another “lost children” story).


  6. I have The Girl With No Past and must read that..this is a good reminder it’s sat on the Kindle. This sounds like my type of book too so would definitely keep on reading.


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