Tuesday Intro: 8th September, 2015

once again this week I’m linking up with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. I really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

So after buying a batch of books that weren’t my normal reads thinking I would shake up my reading a bit, I’ve ended up picking up another crime novel. I just couldn’t help myself- it was 99p on Amazon and sounded great.

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On a hot July morning on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore.

Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident—until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast. But this time it is Berggren’s cousin, whom Thomas interviewed in Stockholm just days before.

As the island’s residents reel from the news, Thomas turns to his childhood friend, local lawyer Nora Linde. Together, they attempt to unravel the riddles left behind by these two mysterious outsiders—while trying to make sense of the difficult twists their own lives have taken since the shared summer days of their youth.

Here’s how it starts…

Everything was completely still and peaceful as only winter can be, when the archipelago belongs to those who live there, and the raucous summer visitors have not yet taken over the islands.

The water was dark and shining, the cold of winter lying heavily on the surface. Odd patches of snow rested on the rocks. A few mergansers stood out like dots against the sky, and the sun was low on the horizon.

“Help me,” he yelled. “Help me, for God’s sake!”

What do you think, would you keep reading?

Emma

26 comments
  1. I’m 50-50 on this one. Might read on, might not. Hope you enjoy it!

    My opener is posted over here, if you’re interested: http://www.bookpunks.com/so-it-begins-the-daylight-gate-by-jeanette-winterson/

    1. If it’s good will see if my review would convince you. Will head over to check out your post as I like Jeanette Winterson. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I like the premise and the opener. So yes, I’d keep going.

    1. I do like when a book just gets straight to the point – murder – is that bad?

  3. yes, the intro is a good one, I’d be anxious to read more. Enjoy

    1. Fingers crossed the intro is a good sign for a good book 😄

  4. I enjoy a good mystery, and the setting in Sweden is especially appealing to me, as my maternal grandparents grew up there. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    1. I think the idea of the cold and ice of the Scandinavian books is very conducive to murder, don’t ask me why. Though I would love to visit and I think it would be beautiful too.

  5. Love the setting and the intro did get my attention. I’d keep reading.

    1. Glad I’m not alone in wanting to read more. Fingers crossed it’s a good one x

  6. I like the way the author opened the story. All is calm and serene and then … Bam! A cry for help. I’d keep reading to find out what’s going on.
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog today.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

    1. It lulls you into that false of security doesn’t it? I like it when books open like that.

  7. I can’t stand the idea of being entangled in a net. It make me think of something as clogging as quicksand.

    1. It’s scary isn’t it. Drowning in general. Urgh! Thanks for visiting. 😄

  8. Those amazon deals are hard to resist! I’d give this a try, too.

    1. Aren’t they. I just can’t resist a bargain!

  9. I can’t resist a crime novel either. Especially a Scandanavian one. This sounds really good! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. What is it about them 😄

  10. I would definitely keep reading! I hadn’t heard of this series before but I love the premise of this one and love a good police procedural.

    1. I must admit I hadn’t either but it sounded like my type of book. Plus, it gets good reviews so had to give it a go. Fingers crossed!

  11. I got this one on my kindle too this week. I think its going to be a good one, based on the beginning. I hope you enjoy it.

    1. It was too good to say no to I think. I just finished my latest read today so will be cracking on with this. Glad you are enjoying it.

  12. Sounds good to me – one for my list I think!

    1. I hope it’s a good one!

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