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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 10)

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 paragraph this week comes from Tattletale by Sarah J Naughton which is going to be published on 26 January 2017.



One day changes Jody’s life forever.
She has shut herself down, haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. But then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility and hope.
One day changes Mags’s life forever.
After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her brother Abe is in hospital and no-one knows what happened to him. She meets his fiancé Jody, and gradually pieces together the ruins of the life she left behind. But the pieces don’t quite seem to fit… Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


On a clear morning the sun shines so strongly through the stained glass it looks as if the concrete floor is awash with blood.
But it’s past eight in the evening now and the only light comes from the wall lamps on each floor. Their dim illumination reveals a slowly spreading pool of pitch or tar.
Blood doesn’t look like blood in the dark.

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So what do you think? A lot of mention of blood in those few lines but no real clues yet…

Would you keep reading? Have you read this book – Please add your thoughts in the comments box below?


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

49 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 10)

  1. This is an intriguing idea, seeing how differently readers react to the hugely important first sentence / paragraph. For me, this sample didn’t work at all. I would have promptly closed the book and moved on. The problem (for me) was that the first sentence directed me to a direction which was then abruptly reversed. I had to read it again to see what was going on – and I wanted to re-write it.


    1. You make a good point about how different people react to these – the reversal was exactly what pulled my interest. I have to confess I don’t think I’d ever choose a book solely on the first paragraph and some of the ones I’ve enjoyed most haven’t instantly grabbed me – but sometimes I read these and can see how the style just works (for me)


  2. Oh, that last sentence of the paragraph certainly got my attention! It sounds like a really intriguing premise, too, Cleo. I’ll be very interested in what you think as you go on.


  3. I’m on the fence about this one, it didn’t really grab me with the blurb or first paragraph. I’ll be interested in reading your review for sure:)


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