Tuesday Intro: 10th November, 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 Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt.  Here’s what it’s about…

imageA baby goes missing. But does her mother want her back?

When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory.

Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night – but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible…

And here’s how it starts…

‘Mrs Paradise?’ A voice sounds out of nowhere.
My thoughts are sluggish, as if I’m running under water. I try and try but I’m not getting anywhere.
‘Not stable. Eighty over sixty. And falling.’
Oh God, I’m still alive. I move my legs, they respond, barely, but they respond. Light prowls its way into my eyes. I hear dogs barking, high pitched. They pant, their tags clatter.
‘You’ve been in a car accident.’
My face is numb, my thoughts vague, like dusty boxes in obscure and dark attic spaces. I know immediately something is amiss.
‘Oh my God, look at her head.’
A siren sounds, it stutters for a second, then turns into a steady torment. I want to tell them … I open my mouth, my lips begin to form the words, but the burning sensation in my head becomes unbearable. My chest is on fire, and ringing in my left ear numbs the entire side of my face. Let me die, I want to tell them. But the only sound I hear is of crude hands tearing fragile fabric.
‘Step back. Clear.’
My body explodes, jerks upward.
This isn’t part of the plan.

I’ve shared a bit more than normal because the last line is the one that got me. What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. Sadly I didn’t really get on with this book although I really enjoyed the beginning – I think I may be in the minority though.

    1. it does get good reviews. I am prepared to be disappointed though. Then maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised instead.

  2. I think this sounds like a good one from the description and intro – hope you like it Emma.

    1. Me too. Just need to get started. Struggled to read today for some reason.

    1. I hope so. Though couldn’t get into it today. Maybe not one for a train journey…which is where I spent most of my day.

  3. I’d at least read a few pages more.

    1. IT can’t hurt right? And it does get good reviews.

  4. I have this book on Pippa, my Kindle…but with a different title: Remember Mia. I have just moved it up on my list. Thanks!

    Here’s mine: “AFTER I DO”

    1. I hope it’s good. It does sound it. I wonder why it had a different name – is it the country?

  5. I’m not sure I’d find the MC sympathetic enough to keep reading. Hope you enjoy it though.

    1. It does sound like she might be hard to like I agree – but I’m hoping for a twist that explains why. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I’m intrigued by the opening. I would definitely keep reading. I have heard mostly good things about this book and will be curious to know what you think when you are done, Emma.

    1. I’ve heard good things too. Though that can lead to me being let down. I hope not!

  7. That is the best opening I’ve read in quite a while. I’m with you — what plan? What’s going on? I definitely want to keep reading.

    1. I thought so. I hope it lives up to it’s potential…

  8. I’d like to know more about “the plan.” Exciting intro!

    1. Me too. I thought it pulled you in straight away.

  9. Interesting plot, the opening didn’t quite grab me, but I would keep reading a bit more.

    1. This one is definitely getting a mixed response. I hope I don’t have mixed feelings about the book.

  10. Pretty good hook for sure. I would consider reading on!

    My First Chapter post is here if you’re interested: http://www.bookpunks.com/so-it-begins-timebomb-by-scott-k-andrews/

    1. It has started to grab me. Hope it keeps up the pace!

  11. I just picked up this book under the title Remembering Mia from my library today. Looking forward to starting it,

    1. I wonder why it has different titles? I am finally getting into it. Been having bit of reading slump this week.

  12. […] I’ll have more luck this week, though I haven’t made it very far in Little Girl Gone, which I started last week so who knows.  I have tried to step outside my comfort zone a little […]

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