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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 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 opening chapter this week comes from The Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley which was published in 2015 by HarperCollins, the first in the Alex Devlin series

The Bad Things


Alex Devlin’s life changed forever fifteen years ago when her sister Sasha’s two small children were snatched in broad daylight. Little Harry’s body was found a few days later, but Millie’s remains were never discovered.
Now Jackie Wood, jailed as an accessory to the twins’ murder, has been released, her conviction quashed by the Appeal Court. Convinced Jackie can reveal where Millie is buried, Alex goes to meet her.
But the unexpected information Wood reveals shocks Alex to the core and threatens to uncover the dark secret she has managed to keep under wraps for the past fifteen years. Because in the end, can we ever really know what is in the hearts of those closest to us? Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


The stench was overpowering. Katie squatted on her haunches and pulled at the zip. The material tore; the metal teeth nicked her finger. Thoughts flashed through her mind: should she wait Could this be evidence?



The day Alex Devlin’s life imploded for the second time was one of those bleak February days in Suffolk when the light never got above murky and spring seemed months away. Outside, whey-faced men and women were hunched inside their coats, trying to get their business done and move on. Shopping, working, maybe just passing the time in a warm coffee shop on the High Street. The streets of Sole Bay could be unforgiving.

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The section from fifteen years ago has been cut short but given the synopsis I’m sure you can work out what Katie found… I’m keen to read more about the release of the woman jailed as an accessory in the children’s murder though and I think those few sentences set the scene quite nicely.

So… would you keep reading? 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

28 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 22)

  1. I like the synopsis of this though the language didn’t grab me as much as some other have. However, that isn’t always the sign of a good book so yes, I’d keep on reading. Enjoy!


    1. Since I’ve been doing these I’ve really taken notice of the way a book opens, some are fantastic like last week’s ‘The Beautiful Dead’ while others may not be quite so attention grabbing but really give a feel of what’s to come – Thank you

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  2. That’s an interesting premise for a book, Cleo! And Alex sounds like a really interesting character, too. I notice this is the start of a series, and I can see how that might work quite well. I’ll interested in your thoughts once you’ve read it.


    1. Isn’t it – I can’t believe it has taken me quite so long to get around to reading this one – oh that will be down to the huge amount on my TBR haha. I do like it when we have someone outside the police force as the chief protagonist as it does lend a different flavour to the read.

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  3. The blurb especially grabbed my attention, but I do like the teasers you shared. I would definitely keep reading. I want to know more about what happened to those kids.


  4. I couldn’t read the synopsis because on mobile it’s cut off for me but I love this idea and think I’ll do it today! Thanks for introducing me to this!


  5. I would keep reading, hoping that there isn’t any explicit details about killing children. I just read a book about a kidnapped child, but it didn’t involve any extreme scenes, so I continued on with it. Thanks for sharing this title!


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