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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 1)

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 While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft, an author who wowed me with The Girl With No Past



You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything? NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


I open my eyes and know immediately something is wrong. Nothing is familiar. The dark blinds, shutting out al but a tiny sliver of sunlight, are not mine, and neither is the black silk sheet covering my body, nor the too-soft pillow beneath my head.
This is not my bedroom.


I lie in bed and watch Noah pack. He is methodical and precise, ticking off items on the ‘To Pack’ list he created days ago on his phone. Everything is placed neatly inside his immaculate suitcase, every inch of space utilised to its full potential. I smile to myself. This is Noah all over. The complete contrast to me.

This extract is taken from an uncorrected proof copy

I like the symmetry between the lying in bed 24 hours previous to what we know from the synopsis is a shocking opener.

What do you think? Have you read it? Would you like to? Please leave your thoughts in the comments box below.


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

41 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 1)

  1. I wouldn’t read this based on the blurb or the opening. Feels as if I’ve read thet kind of approach before where someone wakes in a room they don’t know. Before I go to sleep did it much better.


  2. Now this sounds like something I’d like but… I’d wait for your full review before I’d add it to my tbr, I think… It’s starting to be very very un-manageable ;p


  3. This certainly sounds as though it grabs you right away, as the saying goes, Cleo. And I can’t even imagine what it would be like to go through an experience like that. I’ll be interested to know what you thought of it when you’re done.


  4. Ooh, I love a chilling suspense story like this one, so I had to go and bookmark it on Amazon! And we don’t have to wait long, either. Thanks, Cleo, for sharing it. And thanks for visiting my blog.


  5. It reminds me slightly of the TV series The Night of. In that someone comes to, can’t remember and finds the woman he’s just slept with has been brutally knifed to death. It’s quite tricky to carry off I think. But having said that I loved The Night Of and did in the end suspend disbelief enough to enjoy it. Mind you the fantastic John Turturro and an orange and white ginger cat might have had something to do with it!


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