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. Diane is currently on a summer break but I have decided to carry on regardless because these are some of my favourite posts. I see others are doing the same – if you are, please leave a link to your post in the comments so that I don’t miss checking out your reads.
I also thought I would join in with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker, where you share two teasers from your current read. I read a lot of these posts over the course of an average Tuesday so thought it would be fun to join in here too.
So, after a very long intro, this is what I’m reading this week…
Dr Janet Palmer is the new lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. At first, she was excited by the promotion. Then she starts to see how many secrets are hiding behind the high walls.
A string of inmates have committed suicide, leaving no reasons why, and her predecessor has disappeared – along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins.
Janet is determined to find out what is really going on. But the longer she stays and the deeper she digs, the more uncertain she feels.
Halvergate is haunted by something. But it may be a terror worse than ghosts…
I have to admit that the cover is what has gotten me on this. It is so creepy. I hope the story itself lives up to my very shallow expectations. Here’s how it starts…
The break in the trees told him nothing. Ryan had no idea how far he had travelled or in what direction. He longed to sink down into the mud, rest just for a moment, but instead he scuttled across the open patch of long grass, bent double like a crab. He tried not to think about the lorry he’d left behind, the warm seat, the friendly driver. Perhaps if he’d styed, he could have hitched lift out of Norfolk. But it had made him nervous when his companion turned up the radio. At every ad break he started to sweat, wondering when his description was going to blare out over the news.
And here are a few teasers…
“The return to Cherry Tree Drive was almost a relief. Janet headed straight to the shower, standing under the water at its hottest temperature, washing away as much of Harrogate as she could. After her scare last week, she had been feeling uncharacteristically on edge, not just around me but also with her colleagues. “
“From the street below came a woman’s steady wailing. Steven crossed to the window again. Fiery shadows played over the group’s movements, the orange street lights illuminating their faces.”
What do you think – would you keep reading?
Thank you for sharing, Emma. Sounds SO good. Wow, it is so creepy. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying it. 🙂
It does sound creepy doesn’t it. I love it!
Oh, yes, you had me with that cover, of course, and then I began wondering about the hauntings…and I can already tell that I’ll be drawn into Dr. Janet Palmer’s world and those concerns. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER’S END”
It’s an amazing cover isn’t it, drawing you in. I hope it’s as good as it looks.
I’m with Laurel, the cover and title did it for me. But after reading the intro and your excerpts, I know I’ll be grabbing this one!
My TT from Iced
This sounds too creepy for me but I do like the teasers you shared. I’ll be curious to see what you think of it.
I’m kind of hoping it is…a bit of a change. Plus the cover promises so much!
I definitively would! It has my interest.
I hope it’s as good as it seems. Fingers crossed! Thanks for stopping by.
Sounds a little too creepy for me. I hope you enjoy it. This week I am reading The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst. Happy reading!
I don’t mind creepy at all so perfect for me.
I’m with some of the others… it had me at the cover. I’m due for a creepy read! Thank you for sharing!
My teaser is from: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper
How can you resist it right? From the movement it arrived I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
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