This 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.
Right now, I’m about half way through Deliver Her, which came out earlier this month (or maybe it was last month?) and despite a slow start, I’m starting to enjoy it. Here’s what it’s about…
On the night of Alex Carmody’s sixteenth birthday, she and her best friend, Cass, are victims of a terrible car accident. Alex survives; Cass doesn’t. Consumed by grief, Alex starts cutting school and partying, growing increasingly detached. The future she’d planned with her friend is now meaningless to her.
Meg Carmody is heartbroken for her daughter, even as she’s desperate to get Alex’s life back on track. The Birches, a boarding school in New Hampshire, promises to do just that, yet Alex refuses to go. But when Meg finds a bag of pills hidden in the house, she makes a fateful call to a transporter whose company specializes in shuttling troubled teens to places like The Birches, under strict supervision. Meg knows Alex will feel betrayed—as will her estranged husband, who knows nothing of Meg’s plans for their daughter.
When the transport goes wrong—and Alex goes missing—Meg must face the consequences of her decision and her deception. But the hunt for Alex reveals that Meg is not the only one keeping secrets.
Here’s how it starts…
“Right, Meliss. Like Mom would ever have fallen for . . .”
Meg Carmody’s voice trailed off at the sight of her house, her smile fading as they pulled into her driveway, the sheen of the day’s happiness already evaporating.
Every light blazed. Beneath her forearm, the car door throbbed with the bass track reverberating from the modest colonial. As she stepped out of her sister’s car, Meg neatly crushed the stem of a wineglass under her heel; one of her favorites, she noticed as she walked around to the driver’s side.
What do you think – would you keep reading?