Tuesday, September 18, 2018

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Lonely Witness; William Boyle


Each Tuesday, Vicki, from I’d Rather Be At The Beach hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where  readers post the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book that they are reading or plan to read.

The Lonely WitnessWilliam Boyle
Pegasus Books - 2018
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"When Mrs. Epifanio opens the door, Amy can tell right away that something's wrong.  Monsignor Ricciardo had told her a few months ago, when she started doing this, that Mrs. Epifanio was prone to fits of dementia, that some days she'd probably seem very confused about where she was and what year it was and who was dead or alive.  But Amy's only seen that side of Mrs. Epifanio once or twice.  She's usually cheery and bright-eyed in the morning, so lively for a ninety-year-old, standing with her shoulders hunched, her bobby-pinned, rose colored hair wild, her taped on-the-bridge-of-the-nose glasses hanging restlessly around her neck."

What do you think about this first paragraph?  (I just started this one and, am really enjoying the writing so far.)

24 comments:

  1. Glad you like it, it seems to ramble to me.

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  2. I'm curious enough that I'd likely read some more, just to see what the setup is.

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    1. It turns out the intro has very little to do with the rest of the story.

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  3. I'd keep going. I need to know about the 90-year-old lady and what she might think is going on.

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    1. Kay, as it turns out the intro has very little to do with the rest of the story.

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  4. The opening lines pulled me right in. Now I must know what is going on with Mrs. Epifanio! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  5. What great writing this is. I want to keep reading.

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  6. The opening doesn't say much, but it may be one of those books that starts slow and closes with a bang. :-)

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    1. This is one book that wasn't what I expected -- good but not great.

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  7. The intro didn't grab me but it could surprise me if I would keep reading.

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  8. I'm hooked! This sounds really good. I hadn't heard of this novel yet - will have to look for it. Thanks!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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    1. Sue, it wasn't what I was expecting. The intro has very little to do with the rest of the story.

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  9. I like the descriptive opening. I'd read more.

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  10. I am intrigued and want to keep reading.

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  11. A good scene setter but this: "her taped on-the-bridge-of-the-nose glasses hanging restlessly around her neck." Cringe! I just checked out the author, he is an award winning crime writer. Didn't you read his earlier one? Gravesend?

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  12. This definitely sounds like something I would keep reading.

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