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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 12)

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 When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen, an author who hasn’t let me down yet, so I can’t wait to read this one, especially as it is set around office life!

When She Was Bad


Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie have worked together for years – they know how each one likes their coffee, whose love life is a mess, whose children keep them up at night. But their comfortable routine life is suddenly shattered when an aggressive new boss walks in ….
Now, there’s something chilling in the air.
Who secretly hates everyone?
Who is tortured by their past?
Who is capable of murder? NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Imagine we could see the damage inside ourselves. Imagine it showed through us like contraband in an airport scanner. What would it be like, to walk around the city with it all on view – al the crushed dreams and the broken hearts? What would it be like to see the people our lives made us The people we are, under our skin.
I thought about that when I saw you on the news just now. I recognised you right away. ‘Such an ordinary person,’ those people said. ‘I can’t believe someone like that could do something so terrible.’

Please note that this excerpt comes from a proof copy

When She Was Bad will be published on 21 April 2016 by Random House UK.

Do you want to know more? – do you want to know what the ‘ordinary person’ has done? – I know I do! Please leave your thoughts and/or links in the comment box below!


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

26 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 12)

  1. Yes, I would read on. I’ve used that last sentence while looking at the news or something else. Now, I rarely say those words. Why? Don’t know.


  2. That’s an interesting setup for a crime novel, Cleo. Certainly I can see how office dynamics would be an effective backdrop. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and I’ll be interested in your review.


    1. Oh you really must she writes so well I found her by reading The Mistresses Revenge which was funny as well as telling a great story – the books have got darker since then but she hasn’t written one that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed!


  3. I do love this kind of book…can’t wait to learn more! Who hasn’t had an evil boss at one time or another? I wonder what happens next….thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.


  4. The opening is certainly riveting, with an interesting idea — what would it REALLY be like if our emotional damage was plainly visible to everyone? I really like the psychological angle here! However, the fact that murder is included in this story unfortunately turns me off. I wish the author had taken the plot in another direction. I do hope you enjoy reading this one, though!

    Thanks for sharing, and for commenting on my Tuesday Intros post!! : )


  5. I love this opening! I would definitely keep reading. Your blurb made me think of my office when my new boss came in–of course, there was no murder and not quite as much drama.


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