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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 21)

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 opener comes from The People At Number 9 by Felicity Everett which will be published on 6 April 2017.


‘Have you met them yet, the new couple?’

When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.

When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire too. In no time at all, the two couples are soulmates, sharing suppers, bottles of red wine and childcare, laughing and trading stories and secrets late into the night in one another’s houses.

And the more time Sara spends with Gav and Lou, the more she longs to make changes in her own life. But those changes will come at a price. Soon Gav and Lou will be asking things they’ve no right to ask of their neighbours, with shattering consequences for all of them… NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Sara’s gaze drifted toward the window. It was dark outside now, and she could see her own reflection superimposed like a hologram on the house across the road. Their curtains were half-closed but the cold blue flicker of the TV could just be seen. She imagined Gavin lounging in the Eames chair with a glass of red, Lou lolling barefoot on the sofa. They might be watching an art-house movie together – or perhaps just slumming it with Saturday night telly. It was all too easy to conjure the flea-bitten hearthrug, the aroma of Pinot Noir mingled with woodsmoke. Even after everything that had happened, the scene still had its allure.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

19 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 21)

  1. The bit you’ve shared certainly makes me curious, Cleo. I’ll be really interested in what you have to say about it. I’ve heard all sorts of things about it.


  2. Oh, yes, the instant soulmates gave me a chill…and reminded me of a neighborhood and the people in it where I lived in the 70s…and the disasters that followed. I must read this one! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  3. I like the description of the tantalizing glimpse through the neighbor’s half-closed draperies. Who hasn’t tried to envision what’s going on inside someone else’s house? I’d keep reading to find out about “everything that had happened.”
    Thanks for visiting my blog today.
    Sandy @ Writing With a Texas Twang


  4. Don’t know – I’d need to know more. It either sounds Liane Moriarty-ish, or possibly is going to turn into some erotic orgy-fest. The former – might read it. The latter – urgh, no! I shall await your verdict…


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