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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 4)

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 I have chosen my first paragraph from The Killer On The Wall by Emma Kavanagh an author whose books Falling and Hidden both wowed me!


The first body comes as a shock
The second brings horror
The third signals the beginning of a nightmare

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.
Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.
Then another body appears against the Wall.
And another.
As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.
Who is the Killer on the Wall? NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


22 July, 1996

It began with the bodies.
They had been seated, backs propped up against the tumble down stones of Hadrian’s Wall, faces a bitter white. Their heads were tilted forwards, their jaws grazing their sternums. You might have thought they were sleeping. But there was the colour of them, the rigid emptiness of them, the first shadowy scent of decomposition riding on the promising day to come.
Fifteen year old Isla Bell felt the ground sway beneath her, the village and the moors retreating far far away, so that it was just her and the dead.

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A fairly grim opening I think you’ll agree but what do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

40 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 4)

  1. I have never read anything else by the author but I requested an ARC of this book based on the blurb and cover. The opening paragraph sounds dark but I am definitely intrigued. Thanks for sharing!


  2. This certainly gets the attention right away, Cleo! And I do like the setting. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and I look forward to your review of it.


  3. I must say I’ve been intrigued by this one, just because the image of the bodies propped up along the wall is so good. Will have to wait for your verdict though…


  4. I would definitely keep reading! In fact I’m going to go look for this book now as it is set close to me by the sounds of it (depending on which end of Hadrian’s Wall 😂)


  5. The author doesn’t mess around. Oh boy, I saw this article in my feed where this village found the body of a fellow farmer in a python from the way his boots were shaped. They sliced open the snake and the man’s body (face down thank goodness) was like a stiff board in a slimy substance. Man, my brain was burning after that.


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