Friday, August 9, 2013

August 9th's Book Beginnings and Friday 56.

Hi and welcome to this week's edition of Book Beginnings and Friday 56.  This week, I'm reading The Survivor, a thriller by Gregg Hurwitz.  It's certainly a departure for me, but I'm really enjoying it.  I might get it finished up today, in which case I'll post a review later today.  We'll just see how it goes.

Anyway, here's how it starts.

From this height, the cars looked like dominoes, the pedestrians like roving dots.  The breeze flew crisp and constant, cooling Nate's lungs on the inhale - none of that touted L.A. smog this close to the ocean.  To the west, blocks of afternoon gridlock ended at the Santa Monica cliffs, a sheer drop to white sand and the eternal slate of the sea.  The view would have been lovely.
Except he was here to kill himself.

It really is an effective opening, isn't it?

And from page 56, we find:

Awe settled in, a sense of the enormity of what he had done, but he expected to feel something more, too.  A hint of remorse, perhaps.

And that's all the teasing I'm going to give you.


  1. That opening definitely pulls you in!
    Very intriguing snippets!

    1. That opening was just so perfect in my mind. And I went over page 56 a couple times to find a very intriguing sentence to share. Glad it worked.

  2. This sounds really good.

    My Friday 56 is here.