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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 2)

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 is from The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann which was published on 24 March 2017.


Pools of blood, scenes of carnage, signs of agonising death – who deals with the aftermath of violence once the bodies have been taken away?

Judith Kepler has seen it all. She is a crime scene specialist. She turns crime scenes back into habitable spaces. She is a cleaner.

It is at the home of a woman who has been brutally murdered that she is suddenly confronted with her own past. The murder victim knew Judith’s secret: as a child Judith was sent to an orphanage under mysterious circumstances – parentage unknown. And the East German secret police were always there, in the background. . . .

When Judith begins to ask questions, she becomes the target of some powerful enemies.

And nothing will ever be the same again. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Yuri Gagarin Children’s Home
Sassnitz Rügen Island, East Germany, 1985

Martha Jonas stood in front of her open wardrobe and pressed the Bakerlite headphones even more firmly to her ears. The hissing intensified. The station disappeared beneath the other electromagnetic waves. Pulsating voices and fragments of music from neighbouring stations overlaid the frequency. She held her breath and turned the dial a fraction to the right, then to the left. In vain. She had lost it.
The portable radio was hidden behind a stack of neatly ironed folded and numbered bedding. She frantically reached for the antenna cable. Time was running out.

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I’m curious to know what Martha Jonas was hoping to hear. What about you?

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

36 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 2)

  1. I’m curious too – I would keep reading because I have liked the sound of this for a while. Interested to hear your thoughts.


  2. Is this a German author, Cleo? I am certainly fascinated by the recent past prior to the reunification of Germany, and not too much has been written about that, other than David Young’s thrillers.


  3. Oh, this does sound interesting, Cleo! I like the tie-in of past and present, as you know. And the premise sounds fascinating. I’ll be interested in what you think of it once you’ve finished.


  4. I think it sounds pretty good and the author definitely wants to hook us in the first chapter. Normally, I’m not into crime drama but I love the added mystery regarding the main character so I would keep reading to see what that was all about. Have a nice day!
    Laura 🙂
    My FPFC Tuesday


  5. You bet I’d keep reading. I’m going to go get this book. I detail the interior of cars and have had to clean up some serious stuff. Seen a movie or two with a similar synopsis to this book.

    My TT from The Samsaric


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