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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (December 20)

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 opener this week comes from What Remains of Me by A L Gaylin which was published on 1 December 2016 by Random House UK



People don’t need to know you’re a murderer.
They just have to think you could be…

June 1980: 17-year-old Kelly Lund is jailed for killing Hollywood film director, John McFadden
Thirty years later, Kelly is a free woman. Yet speculation still swirls over what really happened that night.
And when her father-in law, and close friend of McFadden is found dead – shot through the head at point-blank range – there can only be one suspect.
But this time Kelly has some high-profile friends who believe she’s innocent of both crimes.
But is she?

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Chapter 1
FEBRUARY 11, 1980

It was when Kelly Lund’s science teacher, Mr. Hanen, asked her the third question in a row that she wasn’t able to answer the one about mitochondria – that Bellamy Marshall passed her a note. Kelly said “um” and swallowed hard to get her dry mouth working when she felt the balled-up paper hit her in the leg. She didn’t think note at first though. She thought spitball.

Kelly got spitballed a lot. So often, in fact, that she’d once told her mom about it. “They throw spitballs at me,” she’d said. “They laugh at my clothes because they are so cheap.”
“Cheap?” Mom had said. “Your clothes cover you where you should be covered, which is more than I can say about those other girls you go to school with. If you want to talk about cheap, Kelly. Those girls are what I call cheap.”

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How many times did you have some similar rejoinder from your mother to some complaint? My favourite was always when I said ‘everyone was doing…’ If I heard ‘If everyone was jumping off a cliff would you do that too?’ once – I heard it a thousand times!

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

39 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (December 20)

    1. Good to know Jill – I’m looking forward to it even more now. I had your blog up on my laptop and my daughter said ‘that’s not your bookshelf’ so I pointed out it said Jill’s Book Café and she said ‘ was confused as she has lots of the same books!’ 🙂

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  1. Science teacher and mitochondria in first few lines … works for me … and the writing … yes what more could you want from an intro … (still doggedly reading ‘The Chemist’ by the way … oh for less words!)


  2. I think the summary called to me more than opener — sounds like it could be good. And, yeah, I heard the “jump off a bridge/cliff” comment more than once!


  3. The dialogue in the little snippet you shared is pitch-perfect, Cleo. And now I really am interested in what happened with both murders. I’d want to read on…


  4. I love that mother’s comment, too…but, of course, it doesn’t really help the girl in her situation. This sounds like another one I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  5. Oh dear! I’m very tempted – I like the writing style! I’ll wait for your review… will it be the first of 2017 you’ll force into my basket? Side note – John McFadden was my grandfather’s name… 🙂


  6. I’ve actually read this one and enjoyed it for the most part. The writing is great but I have to admit I found it a little slow and it didn’t really hook me. Although I’m pretty sure when I was reading it I had a lot going on and wasn’t fully concentrating.

    Hopefully you’ll get on better.


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