Book beginnings is a meme set up by Rose City Reader. Every Friday post the first line of the book you’re reading along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Then add a link to your post on Rose City Reader’s blog.
My Book Beginning
The Trap by Melanie Raabe
I am not of this world.
At least, that’s what people say. As if there were only on world.
I am standing in the big, empty dining room I never eat in, looking out the large window. It’s on the ground floor. You look onto the meadow behind the house, and the edge of the woods. Sometimes you see deer or foxes.
It is autumn, and as I stand here gazing out, I have the feeling I’m looking in a mirror.
I am really intrigued by the opening paragraph of this book and already I want to just keep reading to find out more. There isn’t a lot of information given in the opener – we don’t know if this character is male or female or why they feel so out of place – but at the same time I feel like we’re being given a real insight into their state of mind. It seems to be someone who feels very outside of their own life. They describe looking out but then tell us what *you* see and not what *I* see, which is very interesting.
I treated myself to this book yesterday and I don’t think it’ll be on my TBR for long!
What do you think of this opening paragraph? What do you think is happening? Does it make you want to read on?
14 thoughts on “Book Beginnings: The Trap by Melanie Raabe”
Oh no! Another one I need to add to my TBR pile! My curiosity has got the better of me again! 😊
Sorry about that… It does look like a great read though, doesn’t it? 🙂
Definitely intrigued. The change in pronouns sparked my curiosity.
I want to keep reading this right now but really need to get through a couple of review books first, it’s calling to me though!
The beginning has a curious writing style. I’ll be interested to read what you think of it when you are finished. This week I am spotlighting Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop. Happy reading!
It’s written in an unusual way, isn’t it? I can’t wait to read more. Thanks for stopping by, I’ll go read your post now.
What a fascinating opener! I am now intrigued and want to know more about the narrator, as well why she feels the way she does. Thanks for sharing! Here’s mine: “THE ORPHAN CHOIR”
Thanks for stopping by. I’m intrigued by the narrator too. I’ll go read your post now. 🙂
Interesting opening. I don’t often read books written in first person, present tense, so it would be fun to read for that reason alone. The action seems more immediate, doesn’t it?
My Friday post features THE LIE THAT TELLS A TRUTH.
It definitely makes the action feel more immediate and I think for a thriller it can work really well. Thanks for stopping by, I’m going to read your post now.
The opening is very compelling but I think the cover is even more enticing with its bold statements..
The cover is really powerful, isn’t it? It definitely makes you want to read more.
The beginning is definitely intriguing – makes me want to read more too! Here’s my Friday meme
I really want to read more now but need to finish the books I’ve already started first. I’ll go read your Friday post now, sorry I’m a bit late.