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‘Double Trouble’ by Betty Sullivan La Pierre

At three o’clock in the morning, a sharp rap vibrated the window of Tonia Stowell’s bedroom. She moaned, rolled over and pulled the covers over her head. After the celebration of her twenty-eighth birthday birthday at the Saddle Horn with a group of friends, she felt the agony of consuming too much champagne. When the second knock rattled the glass, she forced her eyes open and tried to raise her head.

“Tonia, wake up,” called a harsh male voice.

“Who the hell?” She threw back the covers and struggled to get up. Glancing at the clock, she cursed. “Damn, I’ve only been asleep an hour.”

She eased out of bed and clutched her head. Wrapping her robe around her nude body, she staggered toward the window and peered out.


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    • Hi Cath,

      Definitely not a vampire story, as far as I know, just a good mystery / thriller, which is the sequel to another book, yet apparently works well as a stand alone novel.

      The vampire book I think you are referring to is probably ‘Kiss Of The Butterfly’, which I have just finished. This is a real must read and I can’t recommend it highly enough, although you will have to wait a while for the review.

      Have a good weekend between the showers, at least it has warmed up somewhat.

    • Hi Tracy,

      This male obviously knows her name, so it remains to be seen whether he actually knows her in person, although she definitely isn’t too impressed by being woken up, so that’s not a good start.

      Being woken in the early hours of the morning is always something I dread, as it never bodes good news in my experience. Generally I wake up quite quickly, although I must admit with the passing of the years, this is becoming more and more of a challenge!

      A good old fashioned mystery / thriller, looking forward to it!

      Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Gilion,

      I think that if you have only been asleep for a short while, it probably wouldn’t be quite as bad, as you haven’t really gone into a deep sleep, so the disturbance would be more of an annoyance than anything else.

      However, if you have gone into a deep sleep, I totally agree, that to be woken up then, really sets the adrenaline running and the heart racing. It has only happened to me a handful of times, however I can remember that panicky feeling of not knowing where I was for a few seconds.

      Thanks for being a great host each week and have a good weekend.

  • I’ve just checked out a collection of French short stories from the library, and am continuing to read On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers, which so far very sensitively explores what it means to connect to and really hear another human being (he writes about the relationship between a psychotherapist and patient, but there’s a lot of insight about other interpersonal relationships too).

    The opening to the book you posted here seems like it could unfold in a comedic way or quickly become tense and frightening.

    • Hi HK ATZ,

      If the synopsis is anything to go by, I don’t think that the tone of the story is very comedic, definitely more tense and frightening.

      That is not to say that these opening lines aren’t just a precursor for what is to come, as the thought of a hungover Tonia, rolling out of bed naked, pulling on her dressing gown and peering out of the window at whoever is below, does conjure up quite an image!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments and I hope that you have a good weekend.

    • Hi Naida,

      Judging by the fact that the voice of the person at the door is described as harsh and male, it doesn’t sound as though he is too happy with Tonia. Someone with any consideration, wouldn’t call to another person in a harsh tone of voice at that time in the morning, would they?

      Thanks for taking part in the discussion this week, I always appreciate the time you spend, here at Fiction Books.

    • Hi Nikki,

      It is a beginning that makes you want to read on, isn’t it? If only to know whether Tonia invites the person in, or sends him on his way. It would have to pretty important for me to open the door at that time in the morning!!

      A promising start and the author has a great website, so hopefully that bodes well for the rest of the book.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you are having a great weekend, despite the weather!!

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