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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 29)

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by 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.

On 12 February 2019 The Shape of Lies by Rachel Abbott will be let loose to the eagerly awaiting fans of its chief protagonist DCI Tom Douglas. This is the eighth book in this series set in Manchester and for reasons only another booklover will understand, I’m unreasonably proud of the fact that I ‘discovered’ this author shortly after her first book was published, around the time that I first owned a kindle. Ever since, I have eagerly awaited the latest instalment. Furthermore it wasn’t until later that I realised that she is a fellow Channel Island dweller.


Yesterday, Scott was dead. Today, he’s back.
And Anna doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Scott was Anna’s boyfriend. She loved him, but he ruined her life. When he died, she should have been free, but today Scott is on the radio, threatening to spill her secrets.

Anna is a mother, a wife, and head teacher of a primary school.
And she’s a good liar.

She made one mistake, and now she is having to pay for it. Scott is the only person who knows the truth about her past, but how can he be alive?

Soon, DCI Tom Douglas is going to knock on her door looking for answers. But Anna is already running scared: from the man she loved; the man she watched die; the man who has come back to life. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro



We all lie. To ourselves and to each other. We make excuses by referring to our untruths as fibs or white lies, trivialising them as harmless. Or we claim that they are necessary to shelter others from hurt. However we try to justify them, whatever their shape or form, they are still lies.

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I can’t disagree with this opening and when coupled with the synopsis (and title) it’s obvious that lies are at the heart of this novel.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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

33 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 29)

  1. This appears to be a very cynical person narrating this story. It’s sad to think that all people lie. I wouldn’t want to spend much time around those people. I’m intrigued enough to read the books and see if things improve. Good thought provoker Cleo.


  2. It’s an intriguing opening that no doubt rehearses some of the arguments characters in the book will use to justify or explain their actions. Hope the rest of the book lives up to your expectations.

    On that second sentence… Mr. Picky champions – what he believes is – the correct use of ‘each other’ (two people) or ‘one another’ (more than two people). He produces as evidence an old school grammar book. It’s taken me ages to get it rooted in my mind. However, the rule doesn’t seem to be enforced strictly these days…


  3. I know what you mean, Cleo, about discovering an author through a debut book. And this does sound like a compelling story! What I’ve read of Abbott, I like, so I’ll be eager to know what you think of this one.


  4. I have had this series on my list to try for a long time – probably as long as I’ve been reading your blog, Cleo! Ha! And I do completely understand your pride of finding this author ‘in the beginning’ – I’ve done that too. As we are moving into 2019, I’m thinking more and more that I’m going to be devoting a lot of time to series – catching up on some and trying new ones. Because I do love series…


    1. Like you Kay I do love a good series, there is something so enjoyable about catching up with favourite characters and whereas I do like standalone fiction I personally don’t think you can beat a well-written series.


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