Tuesday Intro: 27th 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’m reading Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica, which I bought a while ago but have only just gotten round to reading, despite really wanting too as I’ve heard nothing but good thing. Here’s what it’s about…

imageShe sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

And here’s how it starts…


The first time I see her, she is standing at the Fullerton Station, on the train platform, clutching an infant in her arms. She braces herself and the baby as the purple line express soars past and out to Linden. It’s the 8th of April, forty-eight degrees and raining. The rain lurches down from the sky, here, there and everywhere, the wind untamed and angry. A bad day for hair.

What do you think – if you’ve read it, should I carry on – if you are one of the few that haven’t (or so it seems), would you continue reading?



  1. LOL – I doubt I’d be worried about my hair in that situation. I am curious about the baby and what’s up? I would read more.


    • I think yours may have been one of the reviews that made me buy it. Strangely it was on iBooks though so I forgot I had it as I never normally use it.


  2. Sounds like a good story, based on the synopsis. But I was surprised that the narrator seems concerned about the effect of the weather on her hair, rather than feeling compassion for the young woman. Maybe the next few sentences show her reaction to the woman and baby. I’d keep reading to find out more.
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