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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (June 21)

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 Intrusion by Mary McCluskey

Intrusion

Blurb

A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives.
Kat and Scott Hamilton are dealing with the hardest of losses: the death of their only child. While Scott throws himself back into his law practice in Los Angeles, Kat is hesitant to rejoin the workplace and instead spends her days shell-shocked and confused, unable to focus.
When an unwelcome face from Kat’s past in England emerges—the beautiful and imposing Sarah Cherrington—Kat’s marriage is thrown into a tailspin. Now wealthy beyond anything she could have imagined as a girl, Sarah appears to have everything she could need or want. But Sarah has an agenda and she wants one more thing. Soon Kat and Scott are caught up in her devious games and power plays.
Against the backdrops of Southern California and Sussex, in spare and haunting prose, Mary McCluskey propels this domestic drama to its chilling conclusion. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Chapter One

The narrow hotel bar, with its dull, disgusting light, ran alongside the crystal ballroom. Kat Hamilton, seated on a barstool at the far end of the room, slipped her fourth gin and tonic and wished that she could fade like a ghost into the wall. The formal attire pinched. She had worn only casual clothes since the funeral; on bad days she wore her nightshirt all day. On this evening, the classic black dress chafed against her skin, like a winter sweater on sunburn.

This extract comes from a proof copy.

So what do you think? Would you keep reading?

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

28 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (June 21)

  1. Oh, it sounds as though this one’s got some very dark things beneath the surface, Cleo! And I do like the writing style in the snippet you shared. I’ll be interested in your impression when you’ve finished it.

  2. Past tense – hurrah! 4 gins and a funeral – hmm!! 😉 Seriously, though, I do like the writing style from the snippet, even if the storyline doesn’t appeal much to me. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it…

  3. I have this one waiting patiently…and I don’t think I’ll be able to wait much longer! It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it, with all those power plays and a possibly evil agenda? Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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