This week my teaser lines come from The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold, just out this month as a "Bantam Books Trade Paperback Original," which means, I take it, that it doesn't come in a hardcover edition. (But it does come in a Kindle edition. Strange. Possibly hardbacks really are on the way out.) The pre-publication buzz claimed Arnold is "a combination of Diane Setterfield, Eleanor Brown and Gillian Flynn" -- I've never read anything by Gillian Flynn, but so far the writing doesn't remind me much of Brown or Setterfield. Anyway, here's my teaser, from the book's opening chapter:
Once upon a time there was a girl named Chloe who lived virtually alone, in a cottage by the woods. Until her eighth birthday when she woke to find her mother already gone to work, without a good morning, a kiss, a birthday wish. Chloe had been forgotten. (p.4)But don't worry too much -- Chloe is about to embark on some very interesting adventures.
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