Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

Every Tuesday, I'll be posting the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book I decided to read based on the opening paragraph (s). Feel free to grab the banner and play along. This week's "intro" is from a review copy, so please realize that the final copy could be different.

 The Accident; Linwood Barclay

" Their names were Edna Bauder and Pam Steigerwald, and they were grade school teachers from Butler, Pennsylvania, and they had never been to New York before in their entire lives.  New York was hardly the other side of the planet, but when you lived in Butler, almost everything seemed that way.  As Pam's fortieth birthday approached, her friend Edna said you're going to have a birthday weekend you are never, ever going to forget, and on that count she turned out to be absolutely right."

What do you think? I have book an eGalley and the audio version, and let me say, this thriller is addictive so far.

(Overview - in case you want to know a bit more)
In this mesmerizing thriller by acclaimed author Linwood Barclay, a typical American community descends into darkness, as an ordinary man is swept into one of the most violent mysteries of modern life.

It’s the new normal at the Garber household in Connecticut: Glen, a contractor, has seen his business shaken by the housing crisis, and now his wife, Sheila, is taking a business course at night to increase her chances of landing a good-paying job.
But she should have been home by now.

Waiting for Sheila’s return, with their eight-year-old daughter sleeping soundly, Glen soon finds his worst fears confirmed: Sheila and two others have been killed in a car accident. Adding to the tragedy, the police claim Sheila was responsible.
Glen knows it’s impossible; he knew his wife and she would never do such a thing. When he investigates, Glen begins to uncover layers of lawlessness beneath the placid surface of their suburb, secret after dangerous secret behind the closed doors.

Propelled into a vortex of corruption and illegal activity, pursued by mysterious killers, and confronted by threats from neighbors he thought he knew, Glen must take his own desperate measures and go to terrifying new places in himself to avenge his wife and protect his child.

Bold and timely, with the shocking twists and startling insights that have become trademarks of this new master of domestic suspense, The Accident is a riveting triumph, a book that moves at a breathless pace to a climax no one will see coming.


  1. I like a good thriller...sounds good!

    Here's mine: http://lifeinthethumb.blogspot.com/2011/12/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday_20.html

  2. I'm not much into thrillers but hopefully you like the book!

    Here's mine:

  3. I enjoy good thrillers, hhey're usually a fast and fun read.

    In all honesty, though, I'm not sure about this one because, although it sounds good, I read one of the author's earlier books and was very disappointed - there were so many problems with the story, so many holes in the plot...it was a very difficult review to write.

    So I'm going to wait for your review and thoughts on this book, Diane. I hope it's a good thriller and you enjoy it!

    I posted my First Chapter:
    Amy's FCFPTI, Enjoy!

  4. I am not a big reader of this genre either, but your excerpt coupled with the synopsis that you posted makes it sounds as if this would be a good read. I will be interested in hearing what you think of it!

  5. I'd read this one...sounds riveting.

  6. I have not read this author, but looks like I need to do so!!

    Mine is here.

  7. It starts off well, but I remember reading a book by this author a while back and was less than inpressed. I think I would approach with caution.

    This week I will be reading Kill Switch by Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene

  8. Oh, this one sounds like my cup of tea. Lots of excitement, many secrets...bliss!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Here's MY TT POST and

  9. Based on the first paragraph, I'd keep on reading. It has a nice element of mystery to it. I want to know how they spend that special weekend in New York.

    Here's mine: Quirky Girls Read

  10. I reviewed this awhile ago and while it was ok, it broke my "characters acting stupid" rule.

  11. Caite, as I am approaching the end....I can see why you said that; still a fun read though.

    Amy, I think I've only read one book by this author and it was one of his first.


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