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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (October 10)

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 this week comes from a book that was the winner of the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller and has garnered plaudits from many, including this one from one of my favourite authors, Erin Kelly:

‘A blistering debut from a major new voice. I couldn’t put it down. Authentic, compelling, unflinching and tender and written with real verve and assurance’

It also was a book highly praised by my very discerning daughter who borrowed this for recent holiday reading.

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear was published in June 2017 and has certainly racked up a whole heap of five star reviews.




In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it?
Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.


In 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle.
Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad’s pub.
Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle’s disappearance and Alice Lapaine’s murder – FACT

Trust cuts both ways . . . what do you do when it’s gone? Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


It was 31st May 1998 and we’d been kicking around Mulderrin for over a week. I was eight years old, podgy, with a head full of greasy curls and a mouth full of wobbly teeth, and I was wearing my Pokémon T-shirt. Back home my friends were getting ready to go back to school after the half-term holiday but Dad had just announced, between mouthfuls of toast, that we had ‘special dispensation’ to stay on at Gran’s for another week, earning him a high-five from my big sister Jacqui and a slap across the face from Mum.

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Yes, I can see why this book has people gripped, there are times when you can just tell that you will enjoy a book, and for me this is one of them.

But, what do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

29 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (October 10)

  1. That’s really an intriguing beginning, Cleo! I can see how you’re drawn in. I have to say, I’m interested in those different reactions to staying at Gran’s for that extra week. I hope you’ll post a review when you’ve finished this.


  2. I wonder why Mum slapped him? There must be a great story there. I can see why the kids want to avoid going back to school, but does Mum hate Gran, perhaps?

    Thanks for sharing and piquing my curiosity. And thanks for visiting my blog.


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