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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 25)

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’ve chosen the opener from The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Blurb

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working on the retrial defence of death-row convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti death penalty. But the moment Ricky’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes, the moment she hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die.

Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unspeakable acts, can happen to any one of us, and as Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining minute details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, to reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime.

As enthralling as true-crime classics such as In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and broadcast phenomena such as Making a Murderer and Serial, The Fact of a Body is a ground-breaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories and proof that arriving at the truth is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine. NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Part One: Crime

One

Louisiana, 1992

The boy wears sweatpants the colour of a Louisiana lake. Later, the police will note them as blue, though in every description his mother gives thereafter she will always insist on calling them aqua or teal. On his feet are muddy hiking boots ever boy wears in this part of the state, perfect for playing in the woods. In one small fist, he grips a BB gun half as tall as he is. The BB gun is the Daisy brand, with  a long, brown plastic barrel the boy keeps as shiny as if it were real metal. The child of a single mother, Jeremy Guillmory is used to moving often, sleeping in bedrooms that aren’t his.

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I’m really curious to read this one, more so now I’ve read the prologue and the full first paragraph that I have shortened above.

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

32 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 25)

  1. It sounds like it addresses some very important issues, Cleo. And the setting sounds intriguing, too. Lots of ‘food for thought,’ so I’ll be really interested in what you think of it when you’ve finished.

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