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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 22)

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 chosen book for this week is The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish which will be published on 5 May 2016.

The Swimming Pool


It’s summer, and for teachers Ed and Natalie Steele this means six weeks off work with their young daughter Molly. Their lives are predictable and uncomplicated — or at least they were until they meet the Faulkners.
Suddenly, glamorous Lara Faulkner, a former actress leading an eccentrically lavish lifestyle, is taking Natalie under her wing and the stability of summer takes an exciting turn.
But are there hidden motives behind this new friendship? And when the end-of-summer party at the lido is cut short by a blackout, Natalie realizes that she’s been kept in the dark all along. Goodreads

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


I am running through the streets of Elm Hill.
It is late evening, summer’s end, and the streetlamps burn synthetic holes in the darkening sky. Deep in the rack of streets on the east side of the park, the mild air feels hostile, the near-silence thunderous.

Chapter 1
31 August 2015, 12.15am

She coughs in her sleep.
I spring to her bedside to check that her chest is rising and falling as it should, that her pulse is steady and skin warmed. In the dimmed light, I can see the vestiges of stickers glued on the headboard in younger years, pictures of kittens and ponies and love hearts; all things nice.
Children grow and it strikes the parents at both miracle and loss.

Please note that these excerpts comes from a proof copy

I’m intrigued but then I’m a fan of this author after loving The Sudden Departure of the Frasers last year…

Would you read on? Please leave your comments and links in the comments box below


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

25 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 22)

  1. It sounds like an interesting premise, Cleo. I wonder if it’s one of those ‘slow-burn’ kinds of stories, where the pace picks up as you go along?


  2. Is it bad to say I already knew the answer before I even read your post. I have only read The Sudden Departure of the Frasers but loved it – felt like I had found a new author – and this sounds as good. (the answer is yes by the way!)


  3. I’m really curious about the book, but admit the prologue didn’t immediately grab me. I like the opening of the first paragraph though–the scene described is one I can relate to.


  4. Oh, yes, more, please! I get such a sense of foreboding with those opening lines, and I always worry about strangers who take people under their wings. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


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