Tuesday, November 4, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros - Crooked River; Valerie Geary

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon.

Crooked River; Valerie Geary
William Morrow - 2014

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"We found the woman floating face down in an eddy where Crooked River made a slow bend north, just a stone skip away from the best swimming hole this side of anywhere.  Her emerald-green blouse was torn half open and her dark, pleated skirt was bunched around her waist, revealing skin puckered and gray, legs bloated and bruised.  Her hair writhed like black snakes in the current.  I poked her back with a stick.  Not mean, but gentle, the way you might poke someone who's asleep.  She skimmed the surface, bumped against a half-submerged rock, and returned to where Ollie and I stood at the water's edge.  She bobbed there in the shallows in a tangle of brown leaves, her arms outstretched, fingers reaching, and it seemed like she was settling in to wait for someone else to come find her.  Like maybe we weren't good enough, Ollie and me, just two girls with skinny arms and skinny legs who didn't know the first thing about death. We did, though. We knew more than we wanted to anyway."
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What do you think?
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49 comments:

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    1. We definitely seem to be drawn to the same kind of books Laurel -- glad u liked it.

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  2. Wow what an opening! I'd definitely keep reading, so much so that I want to start right now.

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    1. Glad this appeals to you Cleo; hope the rest is as good.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Margaret - glad you joined in this week.

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  4. I like the narrative voice in this. I have a feeling this is going to be a life changing time for her.

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    1. So true . I think back at how childhood events (especially tragic ones) stick with you for life.

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  5. I have this on my list -- and now I'll have to bump it up. What an opening!

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  6. What a great hook! I would keep reading.

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  7. Yikes, that's a beginning! I already want to know more... looks like a good one.

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    1. Glad you were drawn in Greg. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I really loved that intro...even though it appears they have a dead body on their hands, the writing style was soothing. Will be interested to hear your thoughts.

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    1. I'll be sure to do a review. Haven't really started it yet.

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  9. The first sentence grabbed me. I like the writing style, and I'd have to keep reading! I'll look forward to your review.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Monica; glad u enjoyed the intro.

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  10. Good choice, Diane. I want to read this one.

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    1. Thanks Catherine -- yes it seems like it is popular.

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  11. That is quite the intro. I wonder what else happens on Crooked River?

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  12. Love the cover, then reading the intro it pulls you right into the story! Which sounds like it will be epic!

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  13. It is kind of gruesome imagery, but I would read more. Enjoy.

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    1. Sign of a good book IMO when there is a hook like that.

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  14. The intro made me feel as if I were right there. Great start.

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  15. I am curious about this one and look forward to your review of it, Diane.

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  16. That's quite an opening! I wonder what has happened and what will happen, in Crooked River.

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  17. I can't imagine anyone not continuing reading after an opening like that. I definitely would!

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  18. What a compelling opening! I'd HAVE to read more. In fact, I'm going over to Amazon right now to get a copy for my Kindle.
    Thank you for hosting every Tuesday.

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  19. Gripping intro!! I've got this one in my TBR stack.

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  20. that intro kind of creeped me out, I'd probably pass. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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    1. Hey, that's what makes readers so unique --different strokes.

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    1. I do love a hook like that when I start a new book.

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  22. Wow! Talk about a beginning! I would definitely keep reading! I'm hoping you review this one soon. I'd love to see if the rest of the book lives up to this!

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