For all you ‘First Page Browsers’
Sorry about the ‘white space’ post, but unfortunately the cover of this book doesn’t lend itself well to being a high impact page image, although it is rather wistful and eye-catching, don’t you think?
FIRST LINES – OPENING & CHAPTER ONE – PAPERBACK EDITION
OPENING – PRESENT DAY
Fergus Toop grabbed for his jacket.
“Don’t touch anything. I’ll be twenty minutes.”
Without waiting for a reply, Toop chucked the phone onto the couch and headed out of the door.
CHAPTER ONE – PRESENT DAY
Lucy closed her eyes and cast the image from her mind, knowing that her life depended on it. She had to stop rehashing the past. No, more than that, she had to erase it.
She sat back with her spine rested against the wall and her eyes shut, increasingly aware of the sharp throbbing in her lower leg, conscious of the pain that was now a part of her.
Maybe, she reasoned, tragedy was something that embedded itself, festering in live flesh even when the event had passed.
An incurable virus that lays dormant in the soul.
Someone had told her that once, a man, his face and name lost to a life that she had long outgrown. But it was only now that she understood what it meant. Now it made perfect sense.
How ridiculous she’d been. How naïve. Treating it like it was all some game, a pastime intended to entertain children. The thought brought tears to her eyes, and she felt suddenly stupid.
Lucy Roy had not grown up with a normal family. There was no mother to tuck her in at night, no father to teach her right from wrong. Her life amounted to one mishap after another, a chain of regrettable events that started, most unfortunately, with her birth. But this time it was different. This time it had been her choice.
Standing in the dim light, with the clouds threatening to break over the hills, hopes of a fresh start are fast becoming a distant memory.
Death is a part of him. He can’t escape it.
The scene before him is haunting, beautiful somehow. The remnants of the day just gone still linger in the sky, offering a final breath of light before the corpse turns to black shadow and the landscape claims the soul of a broken man.
A textbook suicide.
The evidence is there in front of him. But as Toop digs deeper he finds himself caught in a web of buried truths.
Only one thing remains certain:
Not even the dead can keep their secrets.
When I first received my ARC of A Sinner’s Gift , author Zoe Beesley stopped by with this great Guest Post titled ‘Scotland’s wild and desolate landscape’. She has since returned and posed the question …
“I have just spent the weekend at a crime writing festival with lots of fabulous writers, getting advice on novel number two, doing a reading, and discussing ways in which the dark Scottish landscape is a character in itself. I was just wondering what your thoughts were regarding the more literary approach to crime fiction and the use of setting in A Sinner’s Gift?”
At 426 pages of a large format paperback, this book is already bound to be packed with a real sense of time and place, so I look forward to answering Zoe’s question very soon!
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