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‘The Unwanted’ (Black Water Tales Book 2)
By Jean Nicole Rivers

Masses of listless faces entwined within the crowd, but Blaire’s loneliness was apparent. No matter how hard she tried to hide it, her eyes always told of the shadow that crept alongside her and at times, dark and dismal times, towered over her. The loneliness she carried was dark and telling of a grotesque obscurity of the heart, one that haunted her every move and movement. Yet, it was hers, and over her life had become a cheerless, but dear friend.

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  • Loving that opening sentence. I’m sitting here with shivers down my spine.

    Lucius Bassus was three years old when his mother took her eyes off him and he ran out of the house to play. They lived on the Clivus Publicius, a steep road on the Aventine Hill, where hewas knocked down by a builder’s cart.
    – The Ides Of April by Lindsey Davis.

    • Hi Tracy,

      If those opening lines aren’t quite enough to give you the shivers, you really should check out the premise as well. Although to be perfectly honest with you, the premise and the book cover did it for me, before I even got as far as the first page!

      Given that so many fellow bloggers, regularly praise the writing of Lindsey Davis, it really is about time I gave her books a chance to be added to my TBR pile, although I have to say that this style of historical mystery writing, doesn’t immediately grab my attention. However, seeing that you have featured the first book in ‘Flavia Albia’ mysteries and those opening lines are really quite scary and emotional, it’s going on my list 🙂

      Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.

    • Hi Katherine,

      Unfortunately, the synopsis does give away quite a bit of Blair’s personal story, although I still don’t know whether these opening lines are pre, or post, storyline, as Blair seems to have endured quite a few issues during her lifetime – none of which sound particularly pleasant!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend 🙂

  • As you know, I’ve already downloaded the first in this series (thinking it will be nice to use for the R.I.P. challenge this fall) and I feel sure I’ll get to this one as well.

    Here’s mine:

    “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”
    – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    • Hi Kelly,

      Jean Nicole is definitely the master of opening lines with a real ‘grab you by the hand and pull you in’ factor, isn’t she? I do think that either one of her books would make a good contribution towards your R.I.P. challenge.

      I must admit to never having tackled ‘Gone With The Wind’, as I’m not really one for reading such lengthy tomes and I think this has always put me off watching the film as well. I did find the extended first lines which follow on from your featured teaser and whilst I can appreciate the descriptiveness and beauty of the writing style, which I usually enjoy, these just didn’t really call to me as a ‘must read on’.

      Is this your latest book club read?

    • Hi Margaret,

      This, the second book in the ‘Black Water Tales’, definitely has the darker of the two storylines, although personally I prefer the opening lines of the first book.

      You should check out the premise by clicking on the cover image above and I’m certain that you’ll see immediately why I find it so disturbing.

      We haven’t spoken in a while now, so I hope that everything is well with you and that you have been enjoying some excellent reading meanwhile 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      I managed to grab both installments in the series, when they were free for Kindle and boy am I pleased that I did!

      Everything about them so far is a big ‘thumbs up’, from the cover art, to the synopses, those great opening lines and the amazing support I have received from author Jean Nicole Rivers.

      I am hoping to get them to the top of my TBR pile very soon and will attempt to read them back to back, although both books are stand alone stories.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope that you have some amazing reads in your current TBR selection 🙂

    • Hi Maria,

      I guess dark is a good way of describing this storyline, although there are plenty more descriptive adjectives which come to mind immediately.

      I really think this is going to be quite an emotionally draining story and reminds me of the terrible atrocities and conditions the ‘unwanted’ children of Romania endured, back in the 1980s and 90s, in children’s homes.

      I wonder if the fact that ‘The Unwanted’ is set in an Eastern European town, is no coincidence?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and enjoy your Sunday.

  • This sounds quite interesting… I wonder where it’s going. I’ll have to check out the first book before this one, when I’m in a happier mood.

  • The author has described her loneliness so well here, “a grotesque obscurity of the heart”…and how she carries it with her. Sounds like an emotional read, a dark one. I hope you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      From reading the synopsis and depending on the period in time in which it is set, I think that there might be as much fact as fiction in this story, in which case, I am expecting a very deeply emotional and troubling read.

      The extra, dark fictional additional material Jean has added into the story, is definitely going to ensure a nail biting story, right to the very end.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. It is always lovely to speak with you 🙂

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