This week I'm reading The Good Suicides, a thriller by Spanish author Antonio Hill. I was hoping to get this one finished in July, but it looks like it's going to be my first August read. These lines are from the book's Prologue (titled "A Normal Family"):
"They were a lovely couple," say the neighbors. "You didn't see him much, but he always seemed very well-mannered; he'd be friendly and say hello. She kept her distance a little more, perhaps . . . But she was certainly devoted to her daughter." "They had a beautiful baby," . . . Minutiae, of course. Insignificant details and banal commentaries that now, in light of the facts, are disturbing.
Initial Thoughts: Nice suspenseful start. With the neighbors talking in the past tense, and since I know this is a thriller, I'm expecting the worst. Which is good.
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc. It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.