Teaser Tuesday – 16 May 2017

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by the Should Be Reading blog.

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If you fancy joining in, here’s how…
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

I very rarely read non-fiction – probably only two or three books a year, but I’m already on my second of the year (the first was Lion by Saroo Brierley) so maybe I’ll beat my usual total in 2017. My current non-fiction read is Room Full of Mirrors by Charles R Cross, which is an autobiography of Jimi Hendrix. I’m nearly finished with it, and have enjoyed it in the main. The two most interesting elements have been his upbringing, as he had really quite awful parents, and his rapid rise to fame the minute he set foot in London. 

Here are a few sentences taken at random from p111…


“No one on the scene was more impoverished than Jimi, and Fat Jack offered him a job hustling drugs. Jimi resisted that temptation and remained steadfast in his belief that music was to be his only calling in life.”

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Teaser Tuesday – 9 May 2017

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by the Should Be Reading blog.

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If you fancy joining in, here’s how…
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

I recently picked up The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. I’m about 70 pages in and am gripped – it is creepy and intriguing and I’m thinking I’ll get through it in the next day or two easily! 

The blurb:

Two brothers. One mute, the other his lifelong protector. Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desperate hope of a cure.

In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. And they cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end . . .

Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother’s care. But then the child’s body is found. And the Loney always gives up its secrets, in the end.

And here are a few sentences taken at random from p45…

“He turned up the path to the front door along the miniature boulevard of apple trees that were still winter-naked, their branches speckled with blight like the putrefying windfallen fruit that lay beneath. There was always something rather sad about those trees, I thought. The way they dutifully grew their produce every summer only for it to blacken and fall off uncollected.”

If you’ve published a teaser today, I would love to read it so feel free to link to it here!

Teaser Tuesday – 2 May 2017

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by the Should Be Reading blog.

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If you fancy joining in, here’s how…
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

I’m only 20 pages in to my latest book – The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt – which was picked up completely on a whim from a charity shop. Here’s the blurb…

July 1940. Eleven-year-old Lydia walks through a village in rural Suffolk on a baking hot day. She is wearing a gas mask. The shops and houses are empty, windows boarded up and sandbags green with mildew, the village seemingly deserted. Leaving it behind, she strikes off down a country lane through the salt marshes to a large Edwardian house – the house she grew up in. Lydia finds it empty too, the windows covered in black-out blinds. Her family is gone.

Late that night he comes, a soldier, gun in hand and heralding a full-blown German invasion. There are, he explains to her, certain rules she must now abide by. He won’t hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house.

Is he telling the truth? What is he looking for? Why is he so familiar? And how does he already know Lydia’s name?

Here are a few sentences taken at random from p40…


“Early the next morning he went from room to room taking down the blackout frames and hauling up the sash windows in the hope of admitting the thinnest lines of sunlight from between the shutter slats. Even with the windows open the rooms remained hot and airless. He felt along every floorboard, shining the torchlight between the gaps and testing each board with the blade of his knife to see if it was loose. The wound in his shoulder was still painful, searing like a burn, and every time he lifted his arm it felt as if he were being cut anew.”

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Teaser Tuesday – 28 March 2017

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by the Should Be Reading blog.

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If you fancy joining in, here’s how…
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

I’m currently reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, the tale of two brothers from Calcutta who are incredibly close, despite their differences, until tragedy strikes. I’ve read over half now and it’s a fantastic read. 

Here are a few sentences taken at random from p104…


“He had forgotten the possibility of so many human beings in one space. The concentrated stench of so much life. He welcomed the sun on his skin, the absence of bitter cold. But it was winter in Calcutta. The people filling the platform, passengers and coolies, and vagrants for whom the station was merely a shelter, were bundled in woolen caps and shawls.”

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Teaser Tuesday – 21 March 2017

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by the Should Be Reading blog.

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If you fancy joining in, here’s how…
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser comes from The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield. This was one of those mysterious novels that had been on my Amazon wishlist for ages, but I have no idea when or why I added it. But I bought it a few months back and have finally made a start, and so far, so good. 

Here are a few sentences from p27 of the book…

“All at once, she knew what was about to happen, just as surely as if a voice had come out of the sky and told her. She took a quick step toward the door. “Daddy!” she cried out, loud and clear, but not one soul heard her say it, because the gunshot was as loud as a big clap of thunder.”

If you’ve published a teaser today, feel free to link to it here!

Teaser Tuesday – 14 March 2017

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by the Should Be Reading blog.

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If you fancy joining in, here’s how…
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

I have been working my way through The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, which I started this weekend and I am hoping to finish later today. It’s an intriguing tale that flits back and forth from the 1940s to the present day, and follows Laurel as she tries to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother, and a terrible event Laurel witnessed when she was 16.

Here is a paragraph taken from early on in the book, which directly follows the event Laurel has witnessed…

“There were two other men in the room, a balding fellow on the sofa and a young man by the window taking notes. Policemen, she realized. Of course they were policemen. Something terrible had happened. The white sheet in the sunny garden.”

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Teaser Tuesday – 28 February 2017

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by the Should Be Reading blog.

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If you fancy joining in, here’s how…
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

I’m rounding off the month of February with Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I grabbed this in the library a week or two ago, and decided to start it last night when I saw the trailer for the upcoming TV adaption of the book. I’ve read about 60 pages so far, and I’m enjoying it – despite some fairly ghastly characters! Here are a few lines from the last paragraph I read….

51150u3jyl-_ac_us218_“Can you imagine how strange it must have been for Madeline to have her ex-husband’s child in the same kindergarten class as her own child? I remember Renata and I talked about it over brunch, We were quite concerned how it would affect the classroom dynamics.”

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