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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 23)

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Vicky from I’d Rather Be At The Beach who 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 excerpt this week comes from The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, a book marketed as an original high concept murder mystery written by Stuart Turton which will be published on 8 February 2018.


‘Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath… Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Day One

I forget everything between footsteps.

‘Anna!’ I finish shouting, snapping my mouth shut in surprise. My mind has gone blank. I don’t know who Anna is or why I’m calling her name. I don’t even know how I got here. I’m standing in a forest, shielding my eyes from the spitting rain. My heart is thumping, I reek of sweat and my legs are shaking. I must have been running but I can’t remember why.
‘How did – ‘ I’m cut short by the sight of my own hands. They’re bony, ugly. A stranger’s hands. I don’t recognise them at all. Feeling the first touch of panic, I try to recall something else about myself: a family member, my address, age, anything, but nothing’s coming. I don’t even have a name.

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I’ll be honest, I’m not sure whether or not I will find the repeating of the day in order to find the murderer innovative or annoying, but the opener definitely has me wanting to find out.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

49 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 23)

  1. Would totally read on although I have to admit the cover and blurb don’t look like they ‘fit’ with it if you know what I mean? Although only being a chapter how can I tell really! Intriguing premise … hmmmm


  2. Hmm….interesting way to tell the story. I’m not sure if that structure would be for me, but it’s innovative, Cleo. I’ll be interested in what you think of it.


  3. Oh, wow, what an intriguing concept….and I might also be frustrated by the repeating of the day…but Adam finding himself in the body of different characters each time might make it fascinating. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


    1. The author answered and said they go to a different part of the house so see different things which makes me less anxious about repetition – I’m looking forward to reading something that I’m sure will feel different.


  4. I think this sounds very interesting – in a Groundhog Day kind of way. Do you know the movie Groundhog Day – repeating a day over and over – well, there wasn’t a murder and Bill Murray was himself over and over, but still…let us know what you think soon. OK?


  5. The first paragraph definitely grabbed me – and I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews for this title. I’ve not yet added it to my TBR though… perhaps I am a bit put-off by the repetitive nature of the plot.


  6. I’m really looking forward to this! You make a good point about whether it will become repetitious, but I’ll definitely be giving this a go!


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