Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Down City; Leah Carroll



Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph, maybe two, of a book that I'm reading or plan to read soon. 



Grand Central - 2017


PROLOGUE

On the night she died, my mom drove to a motel to buy cocaine with two men: Peter Gilbert and Gerald Mastracchio.  Once inside, Gilbert watched television while Masttracchio spread the cocaine on a table and demanded sex from my mother.  She complied.  Years later, Gilbert would testify that "Mastracchio emerged from the bathroom with a towel, threw it around Carroll's neck and yanked. Mastracchio grunted to Gilbert to help as Carroll's face turned purple. ' Come you rat', Mastracchio wheezed. 'Give me the death rattle.'"

This happened at the Sunset View Motel in Attleboro, Massachusetts, just minutes from the Rhode Island border.  It was October 18, 1984.  My mother was thirty. Her name was Joan Carroll.  I had just turned four years old.

Would you read more or pass on this one?

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37 comments:

  1. Oh, I do want to know more, but it does seem very sad.

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  2. What a terrible way to die! That's quite an opening scene. It definitely got my attention.

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  3. I'm also featuring a memoir which involves true crime today and so yes, I'd keep reading.

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  4. That's a sad beginning, but I feel drawn into the story. Yes, I want to keep reading.

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  5. Wow! That was powerful. I would definitely keep reading.

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  6. I don't think it's one for me, but I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. That does sound terrible. I'd read a bit more to see how things turned out.

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  8. What a brutal, sad intro.... probably not for me.

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  9. I am curious About where this goes...Is it a novel of revenge, or....?

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  10. I would continue reading it!

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  11. That is a gripping introduction.

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  12. This is intense. Not sure I'm in the mood for something this heavy.

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  13. I'd definitely want to know more so I'd keep reading.

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  14. That was good, sad, but good.

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  15. That is super intense. I'm not sure I'd keep at it, but maybe give it a few chapters to see.

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  16. It sounds like such an intense read. I would be intrigued, but would probably end up not reading it for fear it was too dark. Did you read it?

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  17. What an intense opening. I wonder where it is going? It is autobiographical? I'd probably read a few more chapters to decide if this was something I could handle, as it is heavy subject matter.

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