Tuesday Intro: The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander

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.

Right now I’m reading The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander and which has been on my TBR ever since reading about it over at Cleopatra Loves Books.  Here’s what it’s about…


Lucy Arigho’s first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material.

But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won’t accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they’re stuck in a heat wave that won’t let up. And then there’s Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker—and whether she knows him at all.

And here’s how it starts…

A bird has just flown into my car – a moving car, a moving bird, heading in different directions yet somehow magically intersecting. I thought, at first, that it had simply flown close to my open window, passing by on its way somewhere else, but a manic flapping behind my head proves otherwise.

What do you think – would you keep reading?


  1. Hm… birds flapping about where they shouldn’t be – that’s always a bad sign! There’s something nasty around the corner, for sure… I like the sound of this one, Emma and I hope you’re enjoying it.

    1. Did you immediately think Hitchcock? It popped into my mind.

      1. Well… there was that vibe, wasn’t there?

  2. What an UNUSUAL intro? I’m curious enough to read more.

    1. I thought so too. Made me want to carry on reading.

  3. This actually sounds like a book I might like. I can tell that I will probably like the writer’s style just by that first paragraph. I would try it! Hope you like it.
    Laura 🙂
    My FPFC Tuesday

    1. Me too…I have high hopes.

  4. Well, if you read about it on Cleo’s blog, I’d almost certainly like it! LOL

    Thought that bird flapping in the car – horrifying! I could just imagine. Think I would panic and run off the road!

    1. Me too! I am too much of a coward!

  5. I like this. It’s the kind of curious intro that would tempt me to keep reading 🙂

    1. I feel the same way. Plus I need a change from crime fiction!

  6. YIkes!!! I’m shuddering at the thought! Like Kay, I’m sure I’d be in accident.

    1. I was too. I don’t like birds.

  7. OK. Really creepy. Yes, I’d have to keep reading. Here’s my link for today: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1uf

    1. Isn’t it. I hope the book lives up to expectations x

  8. Oh, yes, the flapping bird is a sign…a precursor of bad things ahead. I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THINGS WE DIDN’T SAY”

    1. A bit of a different opener from my usual death too. Fingers crossed its a good read.

  9. I like that opening a lot. Is the bird, trapped in a moving car, a symbol of what’s happening to the character? I’d keep reading to see what happens next.
    My Tuesday post features THE SEA BETWEEN.

    1. I wish I knew. I have to say it’s been on my list for so long I forget the review but know it made me want to read it.

  10. I think I’d end up coming to a complete stop and just sit there screaming! Despite that nightmare inducing beginning this sounds like a tense but very good read!

    1. I have to say I once had a bird fly into my windshield whilst doing about 70 on the motorway. Thankfully it didn’t shatter my windshield but it was really scary.

  11. Yes, that first paragraph is a little disturbing, but I’d like to keep reading. The story sounds like something I’d like to read.

    1. I hope it’s a good read. Unfortunately I forgot my kindle whilst travelling yesterday so ended up buying a book which I now feel I need to finish first!

  12. Yes I would keep reading, and I did and very enjoyable it was too – I hope you like the rest of the book Emma!

  13. Oh goodness, that can’t be good with a bird flapping around in your car! Sounds interesting!

    1. Probably won’t be…but will hopefully make for a good book!

  14. I’m thinking that bird is an omen of things to come.

    1. I hope so…in a good plot kind of way.

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