The Graveyard Apartment, by Mariko Koike (Thomas Dunne Books, October 2016). This is the first paragraph of Chapter 1:
When they got up that first morning, the little white finch was dead. The bottom of the cage was covered with a thick layer of loose feathers, and it looked as if there had been a violent struggle before the bird finally gave up the ghost.
What It's About:
"...the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow into, only to realize that the apartment’s idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil...."
Ominous, hmmm? I like that the author (or translator?) gets the word ghost in right away, in the first sentence. Actually, the book really starts with an advertisement for the apartment of the title, but this was much more interesting. I'm also intrigued by the idea of a haunted apartment, instead of the usual isolated old house.
This is another book I'm thinking of reading for the RIP/XI reading event that continues through this month. Seems like a great story for this time of year, don't you think?
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday. 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.