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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 8)

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 opening paragraph this week comes from The Lying Game by Ruth Ware which was published in June 2017.


The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need you.
Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.

At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten.

Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, not after what they did. It’s time for the women to get their story straight… Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Rule One
Tell a Lie

The sound is just an ordinary text alert, a quiet ‘beep beep’ in the night that does not wake Owen and would not have woken me except that I was already awake, lying there, staring into the darkness, the baby at my breast snuffling, not quite feeding, not quite unlatching.
I lie there for a moment thinking about the test, wondering who it could be. Who’d be texting at this hour? None of my friends would be awake… unless it’s Milly gone into labour already… God, it can’t be Milly, can it? I’d promised to take Noah if Milly’s parents couldn’t get up from Devon in time to look after him but I never really thought…

An intriguing start of that not quite real quality that only happens in the dead of night – I’m keen to read more – what about you?

Have you read this book – do you want to – whatever your thoughts please let me know in the comments below.


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

16 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 8)

  1. Those cryptic notes can be really effective ways to draw a reader into the story, Cleo. And I do like that link between past and present. I’m intrigued, and I’ll look forward to seeing what you think of it when you’ve finished it.


  2. I actually went to boarding school for most of my childhood and adolescent years (grade 3-12). I often wonder if I would put my own kids in boarding school too. I had a good experience, but not every kid in my school did, so I can understand that can be difficult for some. Thanks for sharing your perspective. Interestingly I just wrote a post about my experience in boarding school, so that part jumped out at me 🙂


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