The Gossips, by Teresa Waugh (Endeavour Press, November 2015; first published 1995). These are the book's opening lines:
'She's sure to have some kind of breakdown.'Initial Thoughts:
'Oh, Camilla, do you really think so ?'
'I'd be quite surprised if she didn't -- she's very tense at the best of times, so I don't see how she can possibly cope with all this. You know the police were round there yesterday -- all afternoon?'
Sounds good so far, I think. I like books that start off with conversations, and this conversation introduces quite a lot of stuff to wonder about. Especially that visit from the police. I've heard good things about Teresa Waugh, but I've never read anything by her before, so I'm looking forward to getting started on this one.
So, what do you think? Are you hooked? Would that beginning keep you reading?
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.