Tuesday Intro: Girl Number One

imageOnce again, 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. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading a book which sounds right up my street to be honest, though there are mixed reviews on Goodreads that make me slightly nervous.  It’s Girl Number One by Jane Holland.  Here’s what it’s about…

30824457As a young child, Eleanor Blackwood witnessed her mother’s murder in woods near their farm. The killer was never found.

Now an adult, Eleanor discovers a woman’s body in the same spot in the Cornish woods where her mother was strangled eighteen years before. But when the police get there, the body has disappeared.

Is Eleanor’s disturbed mind playing tricks on her again, or has her mother’s killer resurfaced? And what does the number on the dead woman’s forehead signify?

And here’s how it starts…


I know Mummy’s dead. But I have to check.

Kneeling beside the perfectly still body, I stare up through the trees, watching the flash of white trainers disappear.

I hear a crack of twigs as he makes his way higher up the slope. He’s not really hurrying. There’s no other sound except the nearby stream. Even the birds have stopped singing.

Maybe he’s going to come back.


She does not move when I touch her cheek. Her throat looks red and swollen. I guess that’s where he grabbed her and squeezed. Squeezed until she stopped struggling. Her eyes are wide, staring up into the leafy branches that sway gently above us.

What do you think – would you keep reading?




  1. I’m so glad you’ve chosen this one Emma – I wasn’t too sure whether to pick it or not so you can test-read it for me 🙂 If I had it to hand, I’d definitely read further although a child narrator is always a toughie!


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