Friday 29 August 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (The Girl Next Door)

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.


 This week my book beginning is The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell.


He was a handsome man. A handsome boy, his mother called him, because she started praising his looks when he was five. Before that, he received the compliments children necessarily get: 'Beautiful baby' and 'Isn't he lovely?' His father was never there.


The Girl Next Door


Book Description: 


When the bones of two severed hands are discovered in a box, an investigation into a long buried crime of passion begins. And a group of friends, who played together as children, begin to question their past.      'For Woody, anger was cold. Cold and slow. But once it had started it mounted gradually and he could think of nothing else. He knew he couldn't stay alive while those two were alive. Instead of sleeping, he lay awake in the dark and saw those hands. Anita's narrow white hand with the long nails painted pastel pink, the man's brown hand equally shapely, the fingers slightly splayed.'
     Before the advent of the Second World War, beneath the green meadows of Loughton, Essex, a dark network of tunnels has been dug. A group of children discover them. They play there. It becomes their secret place.
Seventy years on, the world has changed. Developers have altered the rural landscape. Friends from a half-remembered world have married, died, grown sick, moved on or disappeared.
     Work on a new house called Warlock uncovers a grisly secret, buried a lifetime ago, and a weary detective, more preoccupied with current crimes, must investigate a possible case of murder.


  1. Sounds mysterious and a little creepy. Thanks for sharing! Here's mine: “THE HOME PLACE”

  2. I like the cover.

    Sounds like a good mystery.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  3. I never want to open anything and discover bones. Yikes!

  4. I'm trying to connect the beginning with the book title, since it mentions, "The Girl Next Door." Perhaps, this girl does something to this beautiful boy/man? I'm curious! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend :)

    Sparrow's BB & Friday 56

  5. I haven't read Ruth Rendell in years! Thanks for reminding me of her. This one sound creepy!


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