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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 28)

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 Restless Dead by Simon Beckett, the fifth in the David Hunter series which will be published in hardback on 6 April 2017.

Blurb

Once one of the country’s most respected forensics experts, Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain professional – and personal – future. So when he gets a call from Essex police, he’s eager for the chance to assist them.

A badly decomposed body has been found in a desolate area of tidal mudflats and saltmarsh called the Backwaters. Under pressure to close the case, the police want Hunter to help with the recovery and identification.

It’s thought the remains are those of Leo Villiers, the son of a prominent businessman who vanished weeks ago. To complicate matters, it was rumoured that Villiers was having an affair with a local woman. And she too is missing.

But Hunter has his doubts about the identity. He knows the condition of the unrecognizable body could hide a multitude of sins. Then more remains are discovered – and these remote wetlands begin to give up their secrets . . . Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

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Composed of over sixty per cent water itself, a human body isn’t naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs, before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body’s buoyancy until it floats again.
And the dead will literally rise . . .

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Well that’s an opening that you don’t want to linger over too much but yet so very enticing!

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Author:

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

37 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (March 28)

  1. I do like Beckett’s work, Cleo, and I’m happy for you that you have the latest. I’ll be probably be interested in reading it; I know I’m interested in what you think of it.

  2. I can definitely state the beginning has me running away quite quickly. Do we assume the corpse’s last meal was beans and brussels, or are we at least glad that they must have avoided beans and brussels because it could all have been much worse……..

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