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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 1)

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 opening paragraph comes from The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham which was published on 11 July 2017.


Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s.

These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common – a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.

Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


I am not the most important person in this story. That honour belongs to Meg who is married to Jack and they are the perfect parents of two perfect children, a boy and a girl, blond and blue-eyed and sweeter than honey cakes. Meg is pregnant again and I couldn’t be more excited because I am having a baby too.

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So that’s Agatha’s voice and as this novel is one with a dual narrative I’ve decided to give you a treat with the opening from Meghan too.

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Another Friday. I am counting them down, crossing them off the calendar, scratching tally marks on the wall. This pregnancy seems to be longer than my other two. It’s almost as though my body has rebelled against the idea, demanding to know it wasn’t consulted.

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I’m looking forward to finding out more about these two women although something tells me it isn’t going to end well!

What do you think? Would you read on, or have you read it already?


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

23 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 1)

  1. A very intriguing opening, Cleo! I’ll be really interested in what you think as this narrative unfolds. Dual narratives can be very effective ways to show character, I think.


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