Tuesday intro: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

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.

tuesdayI’m also joining in with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker, where you share 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.

This I’m reading The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo which caught my eye at the library.  Here’s what it’s about…

30753832When a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.

What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.

And here’s how it starts…

The fall of lisa bellow text

And here are some teasers…

“For just a moment, when Meredith woke up in the hospital, she though her parents were dead.”


“She lay in bed and listened to morning things downstairs: the gurgling of the coffeemaker, the ringing of cereal hitting bowl, the bump of the front door being opened (intolerant cat out) and closed (newspaper in).”

What do you think – would you keep reading?

Emma x

  1. This one is in my reading queue. Hope you enjoy it.

    1. Me too!

  2. It sounds terrifying – but I’d like to know more.

    1. Doesn’t it. I hope it’s good!

  3. Oh, yes, I definitely want to keep reading! I want to know what happened to Lisa, but I am also curious about the unraveling of Meredith…and wonder if there is more to the guilt than the “survivor” thing. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That’s what I like the sound of. Plus I love the cover!

  4. I saw this on the library shelf and didn’t pick it up! Now I want to go back and get it.

    1. I’ll let you know if it’s worth the return visit.

  5. I read this one, not bad!

    1. It doesn’t have the best reviews on Goodreads but it does appeal still.

  6. The book sounds really good. I’d keep reading.

    1. So far, so good.

  7. The prose is wonderful – but it also sounds utterly chilling…

    1. So far the book is quite chilling x

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  9. Oooh yeah. I want to read this now.

    1. So far so good!

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