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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (July 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’m sharing the opening paragraph of Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly which will be published on 26 July 2018.


Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine?

Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life.

But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why.

Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . . Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Dear Mrs Jane Campbell,

Thank you for sending us your novel, which we have now read and considered. We are sorry to say though that your novel is not something this agency could feel 100 per cent confident of being able to handle successfully. However, there are as many opinions as there are agents and publishers, so we wish you all the success in finding suitable representation elsewhere. Due to the large numbers of submissions we receive, we’re afraid we’re unable to respond individually to your query, or to provide feedback on your work.

Sincerely yours,
Phoebe Claystone
Literary Agent


Another year of my life… wasted. All that work. All that time I’d devoted when I could be doing something else. Something more productive.

Hell, I could probably have learned Mandarin by now.

Please note I have broken off mid paragraph here otherwise I’m in danger of typing forever!

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

34 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (July 10)

  1. I’m not sure if I’m honest because the tone of that first paragraph seems so different from the drama one is expecting from reading the blurb. However you could say that’s brave on the author’s part not to go down the route of a ‘traditional’ opening focussing on the attack the reader’s already been told about, the thoughts of some unknown narrator or that sort of thing.


  2. What an interesting way to begin a story, Cleo! I’m certainly intrigued. And now I want to know what happened to Leo – why he was attacked. It sounds solidly-written, and I hope you’ll post a review.


  3. I have loved every book by Paula Daly, ever since I read the first one, which totally captured my fandom. I have pre-ordered this one…and can’t wait! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  4. It sounds great. Funny enough I just received the fall catalogue from a publisher here asking if I would like them to mail me any of the titles in it and one of them was this one. I will definitely say “yes, please” now! Thanks, Cleo! xx


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