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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 10)

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.

This week I’ve chosen a book that I’m looking forward to reading – The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet will be published on 3 May 2018.


‘No one lives this way unless they want to hide something.’

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home. After the difficulties of the past few years, they’ve worked hard to rebuild their marriage for their son’s sake; now they want to reconnect as a couple.

On arrival, they find a house that is stark and sinister in its emptiness – it’s hard to imagine what kind of person lives here. Then, gradually, Caroline begins to uncover some signs of life – signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music in the CD player might seem innocent to her husband but to her they are anything but. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone she used to know; someone she’s desperate to leave in her past.

But that person is now in her home – and they want to make sure she’ll never forget . . . Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


Caroline, May 2015

When we turn into the street, my first thought is that the houses around here all look the same. Neat, whitewashed rectangles with boxy little windows and flatly sloping roofs. They almost all have window boxes, too – lined up along the lower sills and filled uniformly with white-and-purple pansies, like they are subject to some sort of dress code. There must be around thirty of these houses, all prettily popped off the production line.

A fairly innocuous opening, and we’ve all been in places like that but I really want to know what happens when Caroline turns the key.

What about you? Would you keep reading?


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

35 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 10)

  1. What an intriguing premise, Cleo! And spooky house settings can be very effective when they’re done well. There’s also that past-catching-up trope that can really be engaging. I’ll be interested in what you think of this one.


  2. I want to read this one too! Can you imagine going into a house you’ve rented or swapped and finding evidence that the person knows things about you? Creepy deluxe.


  3. Ooh, I love books about secrets, of course, but imagining someone from my past who knows my secrets, and is now living in my house…that would definitely freak me out! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


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