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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (October 18)

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.

This week my opening paragraph comes from the fifth in the Detective Kim Stone series, Blood Lines by Angela Marsons.



How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them… NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Doctor Alexandra Thorne sat at the square writing table that separated the two single beds.
She had claimed the second-hand piece of furniture for herself.
Cassie, her cellmate, barely possessed the ability to read or write and had no use for the makeshift desk.
The stupid woman had once placed a pile of clothing on the right-hand side of the table. One look from Alex and he pile had been swiftly transferred to the bottom of the bed.


Kim Stone heard the footsteps behind her. She didn’t turn. Her pace quickened in time with her heartbeat. The proximity she couldn’t determine. His steps had fallen in sync with her own.
She stumbled.
He paused.
An ordinary pedestrian would have continued normally and passed her or quickened their pace to assist her.
He did neither.
She righted herself and continued. The footsteps resumed but were now closer. She didn’t dare look back.

I have loved each of the previous books in this series and the prologue has me wondering what Doctor Alexandra Thorne has planned, apart from being condescending that is. And then the construct of the sentences in chapter one really sets the tension right from the start; who is following DI Stone?

As always your thoughts and comments are extremely welcome – Would you keep reading?


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

27 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (October 18)

  1. Thanks for sharing, Cleo. I ought to be more familiar with Marsons, work than I am. That first bit – where Stone feels she is being followed – really ratchets up the tension!


  2. I had not heard of this author before. I would definitely keep reading. The first paragraph of the prologue makes me wonder why a doctor is in jail…I look forward to seeing what you think once you finish reading.


  3. Hi Cleo,

    I really hate people walking too closely behind me, especially when it seems as though they could get past me, yet don’t!

    I still have the first book in the series marked as ‘Want To Read’, so I must have decided at some point, that going back to the beginning was the way to go, to engage fully with the characters.

    Now you have made me want to get on and get ‘Silent Scream’ off my list and onto my reading pile 🙂



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