Friday 24 January 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (The Dynamite Room)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


My book beginning is The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt. It's due to be published at the end of March and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Simon & Schuster.


She was the only person to get off the train and as it pulled out again, leaving her on the empty platform, she watched the receding line of carriages tail into the distance; the dried leaves, caught in a flurry of air, chased after them down the track. She walked out through the gates into the sunshine and onto the road, but there didn't seem to be anyone else about. 


The Dynamite Room 

Book Description:

July 1940. 11 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 are 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?




  1. I am intrigued and wanna know more..

    Here is my post

  2. The opening definitely drew me in and set a dismal mood. Why is no one around? I'd read more to find out.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: PICTURING PERFECT.

  3. That sounds really interesting, especially considering there never was a German invasion in England. I hope you enjoy it and I can't wait to read your review! Here's my Friday post and I hope you have a good weekend :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words


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