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‘To The Edge Of Shadows’ by Joanne Graham

This is what I was. I was nothing; I was lost in the darkness. For a long time I was only the sharp bloom of agony, the rush of adrenalin, the light tingling of someone else’s movement against my skin. There was silence where I drifted and the quiet became vast in the shadows, it was bigger than me, bigger than everything. I was invisible against it, a fragment of black on black. And time passed. I felt it flowing past me like oil and had no way to measure its depth, its length. Until suddenly there was something more and I didn’t know where this other began or where the silence ended. I recognised its absence, yet did not see it leaving.

I know this is quite a lengthy book beginning, however these lines contribute a single paragraph and  there just didn’t appear to be a natural break in this eloquent and descriptive dialogue. Besides which, there isn’t really a hint of a teaser in sight, so I was able to let the words run their course, without interrupting their beauty.


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    • Hi Katherine,

      It did seem such a shame to try and break the flow of this thought process, especially when it is put into context with the rest of this short opening chapter.

      If you check out the synopsis link for ‘To The Edge Of Shadows’, I am certain it will probably all make sense.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend 🙂

    • Almost impossible, as it is one long continuous thought. It would be rather like stopping a speech mid sentence and still expecting it to make any kind of sense.

      The opening chapter is quite short and is a series of similar thought processes, which all culminate in the final sentence, which immediately sets the scene for the unfolding story.

      Thanks for stopping by Sherry. I always appreciate your visits and comments and I hope that you have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Lindsay,

      I only came across this author when I liked the sound of ‘To The Edge Of Shadows’, entered and won a Goodreads Giveaway competition and received my lovely paperback edition.

      Joanne herself, came on and left a comment today, in which she hoped that you had enjoyed ‘Lacey’s House’, her debut novel. That was enough to have me checking out the title and it is already added to my Goodreads ‘Want To Read’ list … Your review was great by the way 🙂

      Have a good weekend!

  • Thank you for posting this Yvonne. I hope that anyone who decides to read further enjoys the read 🙂 x
    And thank you Lindsay, I’m so glad you enjoyed Lacey’s House.

    • Hi Joanne,

      I am looking forward to reading ‘To The Edge Of Shadows’ and have just added ‘Lacey’s House’ to my Goodreads ‘Want To Read’ shelf, as Lindsay seemed to enjoy it so much and we quite often recommend books to one another.

      My copy of ‘To The Edge Of Shadows’ was a Goodreads win and has been sat in my TBR pile untouched for some time. Those first few lines were a lovely surprise, so descriptive and alluring.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate the thought 🙂

    • Hi Sherry,

      I am a great fan of good descriptive writing, so it works for me as well!

      I think it is because I tend to write like that myself … Why use only one word, when ten will do the same job 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

  • As you say a bit long but intrigued by it I nevertheless like that beginning.

    Almost finished reading Tom’s Midnight Garden. Surprised at how out-dated it is, it hasn’t aged as well as many of my childhood favourites written at around the same time.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Long, a little maybe, but it really does set the scene for the start of this intriguing and captivating storyline, which is totally unique and unlike anything I can remember having read before.

      I didn’t instantly recognise the title ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ and have to say, that even after checking it out, is not a book I can ever recall reading, or a story I have ever had told to me. It has however, attracted many excellent reviews and ratings and puts me in mind of ‘The Moon Coin’ by Richard Due, another book, with a more modern take on a similar theme, that I have read.

      Sorry that this one didn’t evoke all those childhood memories you would have liked it to 🙂

    • Hi Lisa,

      When I come across a good piece of descriptive writing, I would be very loathe to break the momentum of a paragraph, so I am pleased that you agree 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

  • I’m not sure this is a beginning that would instantly grab me. It makes me concentrate too much! That said, I am intrigued and want to know more… so I guess it’s done its job properly!

    I’m reading The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths (#6 in the Ruth Galloway series).

    ” ‘And we ask your abundant blessing, Lord, on these, the outcast dead…’
    There is a murmured response from the group gathered on the bank below the castle walls. But Ruth Galloway, standing at the back, says nothing.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      “It makes me concentrate too much”, is a great way of summing up those lines and it really does depend upon my mood, as to whether the sentiment and thought behind them, is easy to grasp, or not! On the whole, I really enjoy descriptive writing, which gives a real sense of time and place and I feel that author Joanne Graham, has written this paragraph beautifully, with well chosen words and phraseology and with spot on editing, which is always a big bonus!

      I really thought that I had already earmarked some of Elly’s books to read, but I haven’t discussed any of the books here on the blog and Goodreads certainly doesn’t suggest I have tagged any of them. Despite your excellent opening lines, I shall probably go back and add the first book in the series to my ‘Want To Read List’ and see how I go from there!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your lines. I hope that you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Sandra,

      The synopsis does kind of give the game away, but you are quite close in actual fact.

      It’s funny how two people can read the same passage and make such differing assumptions from it. I read it and straightaway thought that we were listening to the thoughts of a female protagonist, whereas you have made the assumption that this character is male 🙂

      Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Naida,

      The snippet you chose was great, I also liked …

      “There was silence where I drifted and the quiet became vast in the shadows”

      …I do so hope that this short extract sets the tone for the rest of the book, in which case I shall be in for a real treat!

      I hope that all is well with you and thanks for taking the time to stop by 🙂

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