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04 October 2019

Book Beginnings #80

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 The Family by Louise Jensen.

The Family by Louise Jensen

It all unfolds with cinematic clarity; the gunshot, the scream. Every detail sharp and clear. Time slows as her eyes plead with me to help her. In my mind I bundle her behind me, shielding her body with mine, but she is too far away and I know I cannot reach her in time.
I love these first lines. I love the drama,the imagery, the pace. I can tell just from these lines that The Family by Louise Jensen will be a book that I will race through and enjoy.

I love the darkness of the cover too, it's pretty chilling and I love the feeling of isolation and confinement around it.
An ominous thunder cloud hung suspended over the impossibly tall fences spiked with razor wire. Padlocked chains twisted around the metal gate.
This little paragraph from page 56 just pretty much stopped me in my tracks - it's striking and foreboding and I can picture everything so clearly.

This book is subtly chilling, and this feeling is only growing with each page I read. I can't wait to see how it all ends.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Sounds like a wicked read for this time of year! Happy weekend!

  2. Such a great read and I loved the themes woven in!
    - Kate xo

  3. Sounds perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Oooo this sounds interesting! I am going to see if we have it at the library!

  5. That is a very dramatic opening! I might have to pick this one up

  6. Wow, that opening definitely sets the mood! I am intrigued!

  7. thats sucha mood setter!! im reading hex life and the never tilting world


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