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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 17)

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 Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch, another book I’ve been looking forward to reading with a huge amount of anticipation.



She stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life.

After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start. Her husband Sam is dead. Her children, too, are gone, victims of the car accident in which he died.

Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her to death if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though.

But then she never thought that he would betray her with a woman like Sophie. And now Sophie is determined to take all that Louisa has left. She wants to destroy her reputation and to take what she thinks is owed her – the life she would have had if Sam had lived.

Her husband’s lover wants to take her life. The only question is will Louisa let her? Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


‘Get back. Get back!’
In the roar of the night, her blood-red eyes flick to the rear-view mirror. Behind, the scarlet Porsche bears down on her, the headlights dazzle blinding her, even through thick sheets of rain. She takes a sudden turn onto the unmade track that leads to the clay pits. But, he follows, stuck to her like the devil. Stones ricochet against the side of her little white Fiesta, whose worn wheels lurch in and out of potholes, which, brim-full of water, are deeper than they appear in the darkness.
The children, blanket-wrapped and strapped snug in the back, do not stir.
Thank God.

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Well that definitely got my adrenaline rushing and there was no way I wanted to stop after this opening paragraph although I dreaded to read what would come next.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

42 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 17)

  1. Quite an opening. If I ignore the Porsche (a personal pet peeve as I am convinced no one can really afford one) then I would definitely keep reading.


    1. Haha the Porsche made me smile as I had to visit their offices in Stuttgart for work a few years ago and although the project was very difficult it’s probably the most recognisable one I’ve done – even the toy cars on display in reception cost a fortune!

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  2. Ooh looks like I’m in the minority on this one. I’d give it a bit longer to try it as the blurb sounds pretty good, but I’m not convinced by the writing style so far 😦


  3. Well, that opening certainly is potent, Cleo! I’m afraid I’m not entirely sure this one would be for me, but that certainly does get the action going! And I hope you’ll enjoy it.


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