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‘The Trophy Taker’ By Sarah Flint

Prologue – 32 years ago

The bride looked beautiful that day. ‘Radiant’ was how she was described by all who witnessed her slow glide up the aisle on the arm of her proud father. The church was full, each person straining to catch a glimpse of her gown, the smile she wore, the look on her bridegroom’s face as he turned to take in the totality of her love for him.

Chapter 1 – October 2016

Wind whipped at the top of the trees, sending the upper branches into a frenzy as he drove slowly towards the the rear of the graveyard. He stopped, lowering the window with his gloved hand and breathed in the scent of tiny tornadoes of falling leaves, as they swirled around the edges of the darkened roadway. They smelt wet, musty, earthy; as decaying as the air all around them.

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  • Ah yes…. the creepy one with things floating in formaldehyde! I do enjoy this type of story in small doses (though I use to read them far more often). While I like the descriptive writing in the first chapter, I’m not sure this really “grabs” me as much as what you shared in your Mailbox Monday entry. If I didn’t already know what I learned there, I’m not sure it would make me want to read more.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Personally, I thought the excerpts were quite intriguing … I know there is a 32 year time lapse between them, but I am wondering if the bride in the first excerpt is buried in the graveyard of the second … Also, if it is one and the same person, is he the murderer and hers one of the fingers floating in the formaldehyde … And, if all the above assumptions are correct, what has she done to make herself guilty in his eyes?

      Have I never told you what a vivid imagination I have? 🙂 🙂

    • Hi Roberta,

      If you liked the description of the decaying leaves reflecting the decay of the air around them in the graveyard, then you will certainly appreciate the premise of this book. Decay will take on a whole new perspective — I promise!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      This person sounds like either a suspicious or very strange character and not someone who is visiting the grave of a loved one. He has driven to the back of the graveyard, is wearing gloves and seems to enjoy the scent of the rotting, decaying leaves – but perhaps that is just my over active imagination!

      I am also wondering if there is any connectiojn between this man and the bridegroom or father in the first excerpt, 32 years earlier.

      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment 🙂

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