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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 16)

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.

My first paragraph this week comes from The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson which was published on 8 September 2016 as an eBook and in paperback on 23 March 2017.


We all have our secrets. Eleanor Rathmell has kept one her whole life. But when her husband dies and a stranger arrives at her door, her safe life in the idyllic English village she’s chosen as her home begins to topple.

Everyone is suspicious of this stranger, except for Eleanor. But her trust in him will put her life in danger, because nothing is as it seems; not her dead husband, the man who claims to love her, or the inscrutable outsider to whom she’s opened her home and her heart. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro



The small circle of my bicycle light makes the darkness around me deeper. I stop on the deserted road, leaning over my front wheel to click it off. Will’s voice speaks in my head.
Ellie! You know how lethal these roads are at night!
Oh, stop making a fuss, I tell him.
I’m your husband, he reminds me, resigned and patient as ever, of course I want to keep you safe.
William is a worrier. He’s not a chest-beating male. He’s the sort of man who winces barefoot over pebbles on the beach, who always drives below the speed limit, who goes back to the house to check that he really did switch the bathroom light off. I roll my eyes at the imaginary Will and he grins in his good-natured way, palms up, caught out again. Secretly, I like his fussing. It lets me be the brave one. The daredevil half of our partnership.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

30 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (May 16)

  1. This one does sound intriguing, Cleo. It makes me want to know Eleanor better, and the writing style invites the reader to keep reading. I’ll be interested in what you think of it when you’ve finished.


  2. I like the sound of this book and have not read this author as yet. I’d keep reading and will be watching for this one come out in my part of the world.


  3. I’d keep reading this one. Right away, there is room for growth in the story. The female protagonist proclaims that she is the daredevil in the marriage, foreshadowing that she will probably eat those words, and the wimpy husband have to grow and become more of a man than she thought he could.


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