Tuesday Intro: 22nd September, 2015

Hi there – bit of a late Tuesday intro from me today but I’ve been devoid of the intranet all morning – the joys of modern technology!

Right now, I’m reading After Anna by Alex Lake.


Here’s the blurb…

A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless.

The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved.

But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned.

She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.

And here’s how it starts…

It was easier than you had expected. The girl came without complaint. You spotted her as she left the school, alone, looking around, clearly bereft of a parent to pick her up. Who would do that? Who would be so negligent as to leave a five-year-old in so vulnerable a position? It was appalling, it really was.

But it was good for you.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


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.

  1. I sometimes have a tough time reading about little kids that go missing, so I might pass on this one.

    1. I know what you mean, though I seem to have been reading a lot of these recently – a bit of a phase with me at the moment.

  2. I have this one on my list….I hate the idea of missing kids, but I can’t stop reading the books! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Me either – I’ve been reading quite a few recently, sure I will find something else to fascinate me soon though

  3. I love reading Harlan Coben, so this interests me. Not keen on seeing it written in second person though.

    1. I am not sure about the style of the rest of the book and whether it’s in the second person. Haven’t gotten past the prologue yet unfortunately 😕

  4. I feel the same way as Laurel Rain..nevertheless, I’m adding this one to my list

    1. I completely understand, but I can’t seem to say no to these type of story at the moment!

  5. Although I don’t like the idea of reading about possible child abuse, the mystery offered in the blurb is intriguing. I think I’d read on.

    1. It is one of those subjects…it does sound interesting though so I had to give it a go.

  6. This one sounds super creepy! And terrifying for a mother of pre-schoolers (me)!

    1. I’m in the same boat age bracket wise with my little one. I was thinking about how crazy school pick ups were reading this I must admit and glad our school makes you sign kids out.

  7. I’m interested, like the synopsis especially as it already has a bit of a twist – great choice I’ll look forward to hearing what you thought.

    1. I do hope it’s a good twist…but not too disturbing with their being a child involved.

  8. I probably wouldn’t keep reading but that’s mostly because I have a 5 year old and I have a feeling this kind of book would make me a nervous wreck! If I wasn’t such a wimp I’d definitely be intrigued.

    1. It isn’t comfortable reading so far, though I’m only a little way in. I’m totally relating to the mum’s guilt of running late to do the school run.

  9. What a tense moment! I can’t help but feel fearful for the girl. I can’t help sometimes but think of how easy it is to lure children away–even when the parent is around, but maybe not watching closely. I’m sure you’ve seen or at least heard of those experiments done where a person asks a young child for help in finding a dog or wants to give them candy or something and the child goes willingly even though they’ve been taught not to talk to strangers.

    1. It is. So far a tense story too, though I’m not that far into it. It does make you realise how simple it is – or seems to be to just spirit a child away!

  10. Oooooh, creepy!!! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing this one, Emma; what a great fall read.

    1. It is a bit. Almost done and still haven’t figured out the twist.

  11. […] is the only book I picked up this week, though I did read two books, After Anna – which I have mixed feelings about, and A Study in Scarlet – which was fun to read […]

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