Tuesday Intro: Mr Splitfoot

.imageThis week, I’m 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, I’m reading Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt before it goes back to the library. here’s what it’s about…

imageRuth and Nat are orphans, packed into a house full of abandoned children run by a religious fanatic. To entertain their siblings, they channel the dead. Decades later, Ruth’s niece, Cora, finds herself accidentally pregnant. After years of absence, Aunt Ruth appears, mute and full of intention. She is on a mysterious mission, leading Cora on an odyssey across the entire state of New York on foot. Where is Ruth taking them? Where has she been? And who — or what — has she hidden in the woods at the end of the road?

And here’s how it starts…

FAR FROM HERE, THERE’S A CHURCH. Inside the church, there’s a box. Inside the box is Judas’s hand.” Nat is slight and striking as a birch branch.

“Who cut it off?” Ruth asks. “How?”

But Nat’s a preacher in a fever. His lesson continues with a new topic. “Baby deer have no scent when they are born.” Nat conducts the air. “Keeps those babies safe as long as their stinking mothers stay far away.”

This is how Nat loves Ruth. He fills her head with his wisdom.

What do you think – would you keep reading?



  1. I would definitely keep reading. I have also heard so many good things about this book.

    1. I picked it up knowing nothing but have seen mixed reviews. It might be of the more literary reviewers (if that doesn’t sound too snobby)

  2. This is already on my list, so yes, I keep reading. 🙂

    1. Fingers crossed its as good as the blurb suggests.

  3. This is on my list to read this month too! I’d definitely keep reading 🙂

    1. It does sound good – I hope it is!

  4. I want to read this one as well – hope you like it.

    1. Me too – I am hoping for lots of spookiness!

  5. This sounds so strange, but I still want to read it!

    1. I know…the reviews aren’t brilliant but I am intrigued.

  6. Definitely reeled me in….thanks for sharing and enjoy. And thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Such an interesting opening! I’m definitely curious. I hadn’t heard about this book before.

  8. I’m intrigued and especially curious about the hike across New York state. Sounds like an unusual story.
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  9. It’s new to me, and has me curious. I’d keep reading.

    1. It was to me too. I saw it at the library and it caught my eye. Now it’s fingers crossed.

  10. The blurb sounds good, but I’m not at all sure about the opening. I’ll wait for your review…

    1. I know what you mean. I have hopes, but not too high…

  11. Ooh I’m not sure but definitely interested enough to want to read a little further!

    1. It has had good comments with people saying it is meant to be good. It not brilliant reviews all round so am interested to see how I feel by the end. So far, so good.

  12. […] betraying her…silly I know but there you go. I also haven’t finished Mr. Splitfoot (see Tuesday Intro) but hope to do that tonight when we get […]

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