Tuesday intro: All These Perfect Strangers

Once 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 All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford which I knew nothing about when I picked it up at the library other than it sounded like a book I would enjoy. Here’s what it’s about…


You don’t have to believe in ghosts for the dead to haunt you.

You don’t have to be a murderer to be guilty.

Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why.

College life had seemed like a wonderland of sex, drugs and maybe even love. The perfect place to run away from your past and reinvent yourself. But Pen never can run far enough and when friendships are betrayed, her secrets are revealed. The consequences are deadly.

And this is how it starts…

I am sitting in the waiting room looking at the painting on the wall. It has different-sized circles splattered all over it, every single one of them red. The first time I saw it I was worried it was one of those inkblots where you have to say whatever comes into your head. Stupid, I know, but I was only fifteen. All I could see was blood, which I knew was not a good answer. I decided if anyone asked me, they would be balloons because no one could make a big deal out of that.

What do you think – would you keep reading?


  1. Definitely an interesting opening – I’d have chosen balloons too 😊

  2. The opening pulls you in. I would keep reading. Enjoy!

    1. I thought so too. Let’s hope it keeps me interested.

  3. Oh, I liked that beginning. This would appeal to me too. Balloons indeed! LOL

    1. Better balloons than blood I guess 😉

  4. Those red clocks send a frightening message….and I’m curious what the meaning will be in the story. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    1. I am hoping for lots of secrets being revealed her. So far, promises of them but more questions than answers.

  5. I think that one sounds pretty good. Might be a little bit scary too and I love that in a good page turner. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Scary can be good though I think, at least for me. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I think I’d pick it up just based on the cover alone but the intro is a grabber. Balloons are a good choice. Here’s my link for a rather gruesome beginning of a book about Deborah from the Old Testament: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1t1

    1. That was what first caught my eye. IT makes you want to pick it up.

  7. The opening paragraph has me curious.I’d like to keep reading.

    1. It got me too. I haven’t read much yet but I hope it continues.

  8. Sounds a bit scary! I hope you enjoy 🙂

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    1. I hope it is. I love a good scare. Will head on by. Have a good week.

  9. I’m not familiar with this one but, I liked the intro.

    1. I hadn’t heard of it either but I liked the cover then the blurb.

  10. Definitely interested. I like how carefully she’s thinking of her answers though that painting sounds really creepy! The blurb definitely caught my attention – I want to know why everyone is dying!

    1. She is a very calculating character, that’s all I’ll say for now.

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