Tuesday Intro: 13th October, 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.

This week I started The Sudden Departure of the Frasers which I had heard a lot of good things about earlier this year. It’s an audiobook from the library. Here’s what it’s about…

imageWelcome to Lime Park Road. A picture-perfect street with a secret at its heart.

When Joe and Christy Davenport step behind the Oxford Blue painted door of their ‘for ever’ home, they believe their dreams have come true.

Yet the boxes aren’t even unpacked before a series of events leads Christy to become obsessed with the previous occupant, the glamorous, enigmatic Amber Fraser, whose departure from Lime Park Road is shrouded in mystery.

What happened to her? And why are Joe and Christy’s attempts at friendship with neighbours met with an unnerving silence?

As Christy unravels the shocking truth about the Frasers and the place she now calls home, she discovers that behind the closed doors of even the most desirable postcodes, terrible secrets lurk.

And here’s how it starts…

Christy, April 2013

Right from the moment she first held the keys in her hand, something felt wrong.

Later, she would regret ignoring that instinct, but at the time she put it down to the simple fact of Joe not being there with her. It couldn’t be helped, of course, it was just one of those things –or several of them. A rescheduled client meeting that could under no circumstances be missed; the estate agent’s half-day closure for staff training (or, as Joe suspected, plans for a long lunch courtesy of the commission earned on their house); her own eagerness to get into the property and start their new life: all conspired to bring her there that morning to pick up the keys alone.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. The start does set a feeling of something ominous to come. I’d keep going.

    1. It does doesn’t it though it all seems a bit more complicated than I first thought and I’m nowhere near figuring out the ending.

  2. I like the intro and blurb, so I’d keep reading. It sounds like the type of story that grabs you by the throat from the very start..

    1. It has definitely grabbed me. I can’t stop listening, and I’m not much of a one for audiobooks.

  3. This sounds interesting! I love all the secrets behind closed doors. I’d definitely keep reading.

    1. It’s definitely a page turner. The Frasers are just too good to be true. And poor Christine seems to be paying for it.

  4. I would definitely keep reading, Emma; it’s not so much that the intro grabbed me, but I want to know why things feel strange to her and what’s going to happen! Thanks for introducing this one; hadn’t heard of it and I’m going to have to look it up now!

    1. So far, I can definitely recommend it. Not what I thought it would be and very good.

  5. This does sound interesting. It’s always fun ferreting out secrets.

    1. Secrets about a complete stranger too. The Frasers are an interesting pair.

  6. I’m intrigued. 🙂

    1. I was too. Am now hooked!

  7. Oh, yes, an eerie feeling just crept down to my gut….Yikes! This one sounds good. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “SMOKE”

    1. Those are the worst feelings aren’t they. Best to follow them I think.

  8. Good opening that makes me curious about what’s wrong with the house. It’s not a good idea to ignore your instincts!
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    1. Having just moved myself I feel for Christina. Not good to have sunk your life savings into a place you start to dread!

  9. Interesting, and I would keep reading.

    1. It has got me hooked. A good book so far!

  10. I like the sound of this novel and would keep reading.

    1. It does have a good opening doesn’t it. I was full of dread for Christine.

  11. It’s always good to listen to those instincts. What a great opening. It drew me in immediately, and now I want to more about this book. I hope it’s a good one.

    1. It isn’t what I thought it might be but in a good way. I am really enjoying it – the opening really got me.

  12. I love the sound of this intro – I’d read more; enjoy

    1. It’s one that holds a lot of foreboding I think. I am enjoying the book too.

  13. Sounds really good!

    1. So far, I have to say it is.

  14. I loved this book – I do hope you do too

  15. […] the posts I hope to write will be reviews for Eeny Meeny and The Sudden Departure of the Frasers. Both of which I enjoyed, though they were very different and need to write about whilst they are […]

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