Tuesday Intro: Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

Once again this week, I’m linking up again with Vicky at I’d Rather Be At The Beach 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. This week, I’m reading Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas, an author whose previous books I’ve really enjoyed.

Here’s What It’s About…


After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family. And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.

Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see. It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life? Is Selena running from something too? Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .

And here’s how it starts…

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

I’m awoken by a shrill scream. Something’s happened to the girls. I sit up in bed, my heart racing. The air is still. Silent. Did I dream it? My eyes dart to Adrian’s side of  the bed. It’s empty, the sheet creased and slightly damp, the duvet thrown back as though he left in a hurry. Where is he? My alarm clock shows 5.37 a.m. and, through a crack in the curtains, the sky is still dark, the tips of the mountains disappearing into early-morning mist.

I fumble for my dressing-gown, which I’d thrown across the foot of the bed the night before. I pull it on as I hurry from the room. Across the landing, the door to the girls’ room is closed.

I’m just about to go to it when I hear the scream again. There’s no mistaking it this time. It sounds like my mother.

what do you think? Would you keep reading?

Emma x


  1. I like the sound of this one!

  2. Oh wow, I like the sound of this Emma. Hope you are enjoying it.

    Here’s my pick – https://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2018/07/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday.html

  3. What a way to wake up! I would read it. This week I am featuring Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell. Happy reading!

  4. Wow! Those opening lines are intense…and the presence of someone disturbing from the past ratchets up the suspense for me. I definitely know from experience about what happens when you invite trouble into your home.

    Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “MY (NOT SO) PERFECT LIFE”

  5. I would definitely keep reading. Sounds very intense!

    1. I think it will be !

  6. That would be awful, a dream home turning into my worst nightmare! VERY intriguing!

    Here is my teaser!

    Have a great day! Luv Sassy!

    1. It’s why I’d never run a B&B !

      1. haha! Yes!! Same here. 😉

  7. Oh yeah, I’d keep reading. I’m going to check my library for this book.

    1. It’s due out 9th August I think x

  8. Eeek! Mother screaming and missing husband… the mind boggles!

  9. Yeah. I would keep reading. It sounds like a great read. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

  10. Well Emma, this seems to be a novel with plenty of action. Count me in.

  11. I am totally hooked.

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