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‘Through A Yellow Wood’ by Carolyn J. Rose

Another April

A year since I returned to Hemlock Lake in a vain attempt to disrupt the agenda of destruction and death set by a man once my friend.

Seven months since he shot me and torched my family home.

It seemed like years since that night of blood and fire.

It seemed like just a few days had passed.

If those first lines have made you curious, you can check out more about the book, here


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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘Through A Yellow Road’, was gifted to me, by its author, Carolyn J. Rose.

 This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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  • Yes! I’m quite intrigued with that opener and would definitely read on to learn more. (Perhaps another for my wish list?)

    I’m currently reading A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway #4) and it begins with these lines:

    “31 October 2009. The coffin is definitely a health and safety hazard. It fills the entrance hall, impeding the view of the stuffed Auk, a map of King’s Lynn in the 1800s and a rather dirty oil painting of Lord Percival Smith, the founder of the museum. The coffin’s wooden sides are swollen and rotten and look likely to disgorge their contents in a singularly gruesome manner.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      It does sound intriguing that the narrator paradoxically remembers this obviously traumatising event as being both a long time ago, yet at other times only seeming like it happened yesterday! Definitely has the ‘must read on’ factor, doesn’t it?

      I love the sound of the Elly Griffiths book, although the game was given away about those excellent opening lines, in the synopsis …. I really should stop peeking ahead, it spoils the surprise!

      You always have some great contributions to the various memes I participate in, you really should perhaps consider joining in some of them in your own right, by publishing a post on your site and linking to the host of the meme. We are really quite a friendly bunch and would be sure to stop by and leave a comment!

      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  • Wow, this is definitely an interesting beginning. It really makes you think about the main character. Why is he suddenly thinking about this again, what has brought it back to front of his mind? Or has it always been right there and has nothing else been able to help him try to move on in the last year?
    I hope the rest of the book explores his history a bit more, but I do hope it’s not too gruesome. It sounds like it could be pretty traumatizing and intense otherwise.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a good weekend!
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    • Hi Juli,

      I guess that being shot and having your house burnt down, are events which would never really go away, no matter how hard you try and push them to the back of your mind, especially if there was anyone else in the house at the time. I suppose these are all questions which will be answered during the opening sequences of the story, as Carolyn assures the reader that this book can be read as a total stand alone from the first book in the series ‘Hemlock Lake’, which deals witht the tragedy itself. The synopsis does make the story sound as though it is going to be quite intense and traumatic, although not necessarily too gruesome … right up my street!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate hearing from you.

    • Hi Lianne,

      ‘Hemlock Lake’ is the first book in the series, and although the two stories can be read equally well as stand alones, I should imagine that earlier events which lead to these particular lines, must be explained within the first few pages. I am lucky enough to have both books in my review pile, so I shall definitely be reading them back-to-back, to maintain the continuity of the story.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

  • Intriguing stuff, what a dramatic opening.

    Reading The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries by Emily Brightwell, the opening of which is ….

    Dr Bartholomew Slocum was definitely dead. Inspector Gerald Witherspoon stared morosely at the body slumped over the huge mahogany desk and fervently wished he was at home sitting in front of a roaring fire instead of standing in a gloomy Knightsbridge surgery.

    • Hi Tracy,

      These lines definitely have the ‘need to know more’ factor, don’t they? Carolyn knows all too well, just how to frame a good mystery / suspense story, so I am certain that the book will be filled with intrigue and some interesting characters, from beginning to end.

      I shall be interested to see what you think about ‘The Inspector And Mrs. Jeffries’. This sounds like an interesting series in the making and your first lines are definitely intriguing. On checking out the synopsis for the book, I was immediately struck by just how similar in appearance the Inspector and reknowned detective Hercule Poirot are!!

      Your contributions to these memes are always amazing, it would be good if you were to consider publishing your own post and linking to the host site. I am certain that there are many fellow bloggers out there, who would be more than interested to discover the books you are currently reading.

      Thanks for the interesting comment and I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

    • Hi Gautami,

      If you enjoy a good mystery / suspense story then this beginning certainly raises more questions than it answers, that’s for sure.

      Author, Carolyn J. Rose, always succeeds in coming up with a great edge-of-the-seat storyline, which will hook you and keep you reading right to the last page!

      Thanks for the comment, always appreciated.

    • Hi Anne,

      If you really want to put yourself out of your misery and discover the answers to all your questions, just click on the book image and it will take you to the Amazon synopsis page.

      The action the narrator refers to in these first lines, is pretty much the storyline for the first book in the series, ‘Hemlock Lake’. It does sound as though the action is far from over yet though, despite the time lapse between the two storylines. There is plenty more intense action still to come, from what I can gather.

      I hope that you are enjoying your weekend so far and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I shall be over directly to check out your review of ‘Hemlock Lake’, although as I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, I shall be careful to close my eyes if there are any ‘spoiler’ comments.

      I shall probably read both books back-to-back, so that I can keep the continuity of the storyline going and have the characters fresh in my mind.

      Thanks for stopping by with the link details and I hope that things aren’t too bad with you?

    • Hi Naida,

      Ah! I can see where you are coming from with the revenge aspect, however exactly who is out to seek revenge on whom? …. that’s the burning question!

      Great to hear from you and hope that you are well.

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