Tuesday, April 28, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Mill River Recluse; Darcie Chan


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.

2013- Ballantine Books
PART 1

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark.  The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. --Plato--

CHAPTER 1

As she gazed out the bay window in her bedroom, Mary McAllister knew this night would be her last.

Outside, the February darkness was suffused with light from the town of Mill River.  Thick snowflakes streamed past the bedroom window.  Only the Mill River itself, for which the small Vermont town was named, escaped the snow covering. Its unfrozen center flowed, black and snake-like, along the edge of the sleeping town."

With her left hand, Mary stroked a large Siamese cat curled next to her on the adjustable bed.  With her right, she tucked a few strands of fine white hair behind her ear.  Mary's eyes, one clear and blue, the other gray and cloudy, were fixed on the storm outside."


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32 comments:

  1. Sounds like a story I would want to keep reading. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. The intro grabbed me...I would definitely keep reading.

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  3. That is a lovely beginning. It drew me right in.

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    1. Glad u liked it Margot- me too. Anxious to start it.

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  4. Yes, I would read it! A hint of atmosphere, a small town in Vermont, an older woman with a cat and a story to tell... sounds like it can't go wrong :)

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  5. I could easily visualise that scene so I would definitely keep turning the pages.

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  6. Ooh I love this description! Mary sounds really interesting and I simply want to know more about everything in this beginning! I would also definitely keep reading! Thanks for hosting :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Yes Juli, I love when there is just enough to draw u in.

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  7. Yes, I'd definitely keep reading - I want to know why she knew it was to be her last night ... on a dark and stormy night!

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    1. Margaret, yes, how does she know it's her last night? Suicide plans? Curious now

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  8. I have this one on my Kindle. I've been wanting to read it for awhile and this intro makes me want to read it even more.

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  9. I read this one years ago and it wasn't bad, but was pretty forgettable. Hope you have better luck :)

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  10. Oh, this one sounds sad, but I'm interested. I'd want to know why it is her last night and what happens in the storm. Nice pick, Diane.

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  11. Very descriptive writing. I'd read on to find out what comes next.

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  12. Very descriptive writing. I'd read on to find out what comes next.

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  13. It sounds very sad indeed. I might have to find out why she knows this is her last night. What will happen next.

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  14. I think I might continue reading that one. I can visualize the setting quite well after just one paragraph, and I'm wondering why it's her last night.

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  15. I like the intro and I would go on....

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  16. This is an interesting opening that leaves me with questions. Also, I love the setting of a snowy night in Vermont. I'd keep reading!

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  17. I read this! My first Kindle book! It was quite a good read.

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  18. Yep, that was interesting and well written too.

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  19. I would definitely keep on reading, hope you enjoy it :)

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  20. Ooh, this sounds intriguing!

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  21. Ooh, this sounds intriguing!

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  22. I would keep reading, great intro!

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  23. Diane,
    This is a wonderful, descriptive opening. I think this book sounds like it's worth reading!

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