Tuesday Intro: 14th July, 2015

This week, I am linking up again 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.

This week (yesterday actually) I started We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.


A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

I only got this last week but after positive comments on a previous post and accidentally opening it on iBooks, I couldn’t resist.  The whole first chapter is below because, well, pulling out the first paragraph would have made this a short post but also because it didn’t feel right to break it up at any point.  It reads so differently and the layout is great.  It definitely changed the way I read it.

WELCOME TO THE beautiful Sinclair Family.

               No one is a criminal.

               No one is an addict.

               No one is a failure.

               The Sinclairs are athletci, tall, and handsome. We are old-money Democrats. Our smiles are wide, our chins are square, and our tennis servce aggressive.

               It doesn’t matter if divorce shreds the muscles of our hearts so that they will hardly beat without a struggle. It doesn’t matter if trust-fund money is running out; if credit card bills go unpaid on the kitchen counter. It doesn’t matter if there’s a cluster of pill bottles on the beside table.

               It doesn’t matter if one of us is desperately, desperately in love.

               So much

               in love

               that equally desperate measures must be taken.

               We are Sinclairs.

               No one is needy.

               No one is wrong.

               We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.

               Perhaps that is all you need to know.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. Oh yes Emma, I’d read more, it has been on my TBR list too long.

    1. I wish I’d bought it sooner – it is good!

  2. I’d definitely keep reading. I really enjoyed this one and it was a super quick read. Hope you enjoy it too!

    1. It really is good so far and definitely quick. I am almost done (though kind of don’t want to be)

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this book…even though it left me reeling. Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine: “THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER”

    1. Oh no, that sounds like I could end up upset at the end?

  4. I have had this one on my list for quite a while and haven’t read it yet. Thanks for reminding me of why I put it there in the first place. 🙂

    1. Definitely should go up the list. Really enjoying it.

  5. I read this one weekend last summer – very, very good! Hope you love it, too.

    1. I am really enjoying it. It’s a quick read too. Good after The Paying Guests which I have just finished.

  6. I’ve been tempted by this one after reading reviews but it is the first time I’ve read the opening – yes, I’d keep reading! Here’s my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/first-chapter-first-paragraph-july14/

    1. I had heard good things but wasn’t sure what to expect. I am really enjoying it.

  7. I’d keep reading!

    1. It is good…

  8. Ooh, I hope you’re enjoying this – I read it last year and loved it. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    1. I am. I love the writing style. It’s a change from what I’ve been reading recently- a good one!

  9. I enjoyed this book.

    1. I feel like I’ve missed out leaving this so long.

  10. I have this in my tbr pile, I admit I am rather curious

    1. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get but it is good and worth reading.

  11. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile now from all the positive reviews I have read.

    1. I was the same. Definitely worth it!

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