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20 September 2019

Book Beginnings #79

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading Sanctuary by V.V. James.

Content Warning: Extracts include mention of domestic violence.


Sanctuary by V.V. James cover

Our moms were drinking champagne when Daniel died. Sipping on bubbles as Beatriz screamed outside the burning party house and I was loaded into an ambulance.
What a dramatic start. It certainly pulls no punches, introduces drama and mystery all at once, and there's a certain sense of opulence to it all that I can't quite put my finger on. It's a truly excellent start that gripped me straight away.

Also, look at that cover. It is stunning. I love the vibrant earthy colour, the small town imagery. It also feels slightly autumnal and like it'd be the perfect read for this time of year.

That rings alarm bells. I've worked more than a few domestic violence cases. When women start covering up, it's often because they have controlling partners who don't want other men looking at them. Or because they've got bruises to hide.
Alarm bells are ringing for me too. This is such an intense and almost intimate scene.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that I can't put Sanctuary by VV James down - it's bloody excellent and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to pick it up.


What are you reading this week?

21 comments:

  1. Sounds like a creepy read. I'll have to add that to my TBR.
    My Friday: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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  2. Wow, what a disturbing domestic scene! Looks like an interesting read!

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  3. That beginning really grabbed my attention enough to want to read on.

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  4. This would be hard for me to read, being a domestic abuse survivor. Still, I would give it a try. Happy weekend!

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  5. Those snippets definitely pulled me in! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  6. That is a very dramatic start. I haven't heard of this one before, so thanks for mentioning it. :-)

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  7. This sounds like a great read! It's always a good sign when something has you gripped from the very beginning x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  8. That definitely pulls no punches! Quite the beginning!!

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  9. Whoa!! That is quite a dramatic start! I am already wanting to know more. I hope that you love it.

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  10. I've never seen this done before, this is so cool! And that book sounds so intense.

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  11. The opening is definitely attention grabbing. I am glad to hear you are enjoying this one. I will have to give it a try too! Have a great weekend!

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  12. Great cover! Yes, what an opening line - I'm assuming they're at different parties... but could be wrong and want to read it to find out! :)

    Have a lovely weekend, Cora!

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  13. I've been seeing this book everywhere and to be honest that opening line got my interest!

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  14. I've never heard of this one but that cover is gorgeous! Yikes at that opening line. I may have to check this out!

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  15. I'm reading Wilder (The Renegades #1) by Rebecca Yarros!

    Xoxo
    Shirley | shirleycuypers.blogspot.com

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  16. This sounds like a really creepy read. I'm intrigued!

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  17. This sounds great for Halloween!

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  18. I do think this sounds really interesting, I need to grab a copy!
    - Kate xo

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  19. great post, im really intrugied by this book! :)

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  20. Those first lines definitely intrigued me. And you are definitely correct, that cover is amazing!

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