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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 9)

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.

Today I’ve chosen the opening from a book I will be reading soon; The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin which will be published on 1 February 2018.


We have no need to protect ourselves from the bad sort
because we ARE the bad sort . . .’

Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and the city’s vulnerable poor are disappearing from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means possible.

When Hester is thrust into the world of the aristocratic Brock family, she leaps at the chance to improve her station in life under the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent and mysterious Rebekah Brock.

But whispers from her past slowly begin to poison her new life and both she and Rebekah are lured into the most sinister of investigations, dragging them into the blackest heart of a city where something more depraved than either of them could ever imagine is lurking. . . Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

The Morning Herald

Tuesday 13 September 1831


This newspaper has taken note that the past month has been remarkable for the prevalence of cases where men, women and children are declared missing. Scarcely a week passes without the occurrence of an incident of this type

Such fears may indeed be well-founded and made but too evident by the following account, the particulars of which we are about to lay before our readers.

We study the tale of an unfortunate, known familiarly by the name Jonnie Hogget.

On Tuesday afternoon of the 6th inst. between five and six o’clock, Jonnie Hogget, fourteen years of age, was making his way from his place of industry at Mr Sturtevant’s, the soap boilers.

Master Hogget had been seen for some time loitering in the region of the Belvedere Road and it was in this quarter that the lad was last witnessed and then seen no more.

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I’m one of those people who have got lost for hours reading historical newspapers so I love this opening, the language and phrasing absolutely setting the murky scene that is about to unfold.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

25 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 9)

  1. This is an intriguing start, Cleo! The premise is fascinating, too. Like you, I enjoy historical mysteries, and this one sounds like a good ‘un. I’ll look forward to reading what you think of it.


  2. Oh, yes, I’d keep reading. Like you, I’m drawn to the opening using the newspaper article. I love stories told in unusual ways (epistolary) and, though I can see that this is not one of those books, starting in this manner is fun. Hope you enjoy it!


  3. Ooh, it sounds like a lot of fun and I adore the cover! Yes, I’d keep reading… but I shall of course wait for your review before deciding whether it gets a coveted spot on the TBR… 😀


  4. I like how we are introduced via a newspaper article. Something we don’t see much anymore, but I recall waking up every day and learning what was happening in the world. Nowadays, we just look online…Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  5. I would definitely keep reading, although the title had me hooked without even reading the premise, let alone your opening excerpt.

    The only thing I had slight reservations about was the cover art, although the more I look at it, the more it is growing on me.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the book when it gets to the top of your pile 🙂



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