The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose (Atria Books, March 2015). First chapter, opening lines:
I did not cause the madness, the deaths, or the rest of the tragedies any more than I painted the paintings. I had help, her help. Or perhaps I should say she forced her help on me. And so this story....
OK, right away I'm wondering who "she" is and why she's been forcing her help on the narrator. Help with the painting? Or something else? And what about all that madness, death and tragedy? Sounds like this one's right down my street! I've read several other books by M.J. Rose and really enjoyed them -- her writing can be absolutely mesmerizing. So I have high hopes for this one.
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.