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‘The Secret Keepers’ (Black Water Tales)
By Jean Nicole Rivers

Opening its mouth wide as the young woman pushed through the oversized swinging doors, the lonely room swallowed her whole. Her body felt weighted; 130 pounds of flesh and bones and two tons of guilt dropped heavily into a rigid metal chair. Above her head, the incessant buzzing of a bulky rectangular light drew her red eyes before they fell to the clean, white tiles that covered every inch of the floor. Attesting to its age and disrepair, the dying light flickered spontaneously, barely managing the dim illumination of the uncaring room. Successive spurts of obscure light, then darkness over the dull gray walls gave the space a glum greenish hue that Regina had not noticed on this night because her eyes were buried deep in the palms of her blood-splattered hands.

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    • Hi Anne,

      I don’t much like the sound of this room … Is this a police or detention room of some kind? … A hospital emergency room and she is a patient? … A hospital staff room and she is a doctor? … Or perhaps a morgue or autopsy suite?

      The possibilities are endless, guess I need to keep reading to find out 🙂

  • You already managed to pique my interest with this book (and it’s companion) and have only confirmed my wish to read it with this beginning!

    I’m currently reading a selection for my book club. It’s one where I’m not sure if I should use the first line of chapter one or the first line of the letter that precedes it. So I’ll just do neither, use both when I review it, and make you wait until then to find out what it is. 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      I never really knew whether to use the opening lines of the prologue, or from the actual first chapter. The prologue generally tends to give away a few more spoilers, so I now tend to turn straight to chapter one for my book beginnings post 🙂

      This has to be one of the best opening segments I have come across in a long time and if this style of descriptive writing and atmospheric scene setting continues, I shall be more than happy. There are also just so many questions raised in so few words, that I just know I am going to enjoy the story.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend 🙂

      • Just thought I’d report back that I’ve now added this one to my Kindle. It was only $1.99, so I couldn’t pass it up. 🙂 Hopefully I can work it into my reading schedule soon!

        • About £1 English Sterling …. Bargain 🙂

          I’m sure that you will end up by reading it long before it gets to the top of my pile.

          The synopsis for ‘The Unwanted’, the second book in the series, is even more spooky and the cover art gives me the creeps!

          Jean Nicole has written a great guest post, which I shall be scheduling in very soon 🙂

    • Hi Maria,

      It also says …

      “130 pounds of flesh and bones and two tons of guilt dropped heavily into a rigid metal chair.”

      So now I am even more curious about the blood … Is she a murderer who has just been caught by police? … Is she a doctor who has tried to save someone’s life and failed? … Is she simply an innocent member of the public who has tried to do a good deed which has gone wrong? …

      So many possibilities and all of them designed to intrigue and engage the reader!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I can relate to that sentiment also. It can sometimes feel that my emotional ‘baggage’ is overwhelming and physically draining.

      Things must be pretty bad for Regina though, to have her bury her eyes in hands still covered in blood … I wonder why she hasn’t been able to clean her hands before entering the room?

      I can almost feel her tension!

      Sorry I haven’t been doing much blog hopping of late. Personal issues have contrived to get in the way of my best intentions. I really don’t expect you to go back over all the posts you have missed, but it is nice to know that you care and I appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      Definitely some opening lines to be ignored at your peril !

      Is it her blood, or someone else’s, I wonder?

      Is she the injured party, or the demon in this story?

      I can’t wait to find out!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment 🙂

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