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21 August 2020

Book Beginnings: FOXES by MA Bennett

 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 FOXES by MA Bennett.
FOXES by MA Bennett cover
Last night I dreamed I went to Longcross again.

If there is one thing that MA Bennett does extremely well, it is first lines. They're always the type to stop you in your tracks, make you pause, hit you hard. And if you've read STAGS or DOGS then this line will definitely hit your hard. And I love that it's a hark back to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, a classic novel I have never read past the first chapter of. One day, I will read it all.

I feel like again, you don't have to have read STAGS or DOGS first to read FOXES, but it will be an all round better experience if you have. First you get to experience the majesty that is the story so far, but also you get to know a lot about Greer and the school environment at STAGS.

The cover is perfect - it fits so well with the previous books, I love the colour scheme and the subtle embossing, it's so striking.

You see what I mean about dinner with the upper classes being a battleground?
This is from page 56 in my finished paperback copy.

I am... No where near this part. I literally just started reading it this morning. But I'm curious as to how Greer ends up in this situation.

I am so excited to get properly in to this book, especially as I loved the previous two:

What are you reading this week?


  1. I'm reading The Whisper Man by Alex North and it is just brilliant. It grabbed me from the first page!

  2. I'm curious for more. I like the statement of the 56! Happy weekend!

  3. I've never thought about how the first lines of a book are so important. Currently reading the Flatshare by Beth O'Leary and it hooked me from the beginning!

  4. First lines are so important in books, if the beginning doesnt hook me im not interested!

  5. If a book can be great right from the very start then I want it - first lines are so important! Been reading a lot of books through our work's bookclub, and although the books are good a lot of the times we're just like keep reading it gets better after the first couple of chapters... now it's not a huge problem, but I love a book that can just hook you in right from the start.

  6. I'm currently reading Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow! I've had it on my shelf for a while. It is excellent just quite triggering.

    I really need to read this series I am always hearing excellent things!

    Lois |

  7. I haven't heard of these but they definitely sound interesting!


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