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I am going to need my wits about me to unravel this mystery!
‘Who I Am’
by Sarah Simpson

Book beginnings - those first few lines of a book that try to hook us on the story

For all you ‘First Page Browsers’

Cover Image Of The Book 'Who I Am' by Author Sarah Simpson



There but for the Grace of God, go I?

Where did that come from again? John what’s his name. John…? John Bradford, that’s it. Something about criminals being led to a scaffold to die, him looking on and thinking – it could have, should have been him instead? Something like that.

So, she’s, the criminal being led to the scaffold, or is that the other woman, or is that me? I’m standing behind her now. Look at her, no one would ever know, except me. My eyes, bearing through her  like a spear, no wait – she’s turning in my direction, can she hear my thoughts, feel my glare? I reach down just in time, pretending to adjust my sandal strap until she  turns away again. It makes me twitch, how precariously close to the edge she stands, eyes down, locked on the beach. Beneath her, sprawl – rocks, mottled, jagged stacks, capable of spearing or cracking a skull, should anyone accidently…slip.


I’m still here, I didn’t die. I’m not stuck in some warped after death experience – I really did survive.

Pulling heavy arms from tight sheets, I clamp my ears, whirring subaquatic sounds thumping from one to the other, like listening to the sea in a shell but much louder. Do I want to be alive?  wriggle my toes; they feel odd against the numbness of my ghoul-like body. Would it be better to be dead?

WHO I  AM – The blurb

Cover Image Of The Book 'Who I Am' by Author Sarah SimpsonI know everything about you

And you know everything about me… except


Andi met Camilla at university. Instantly best friends, they shared everything together. Until their long-planned graduation celebration ends in tragedy…

Years later, Andi is living a seemingly perfect life on the rugged Cornish Coast with her loving husband, happy children and dream home. Yet Andi is haunted by a secret she thought only she knew.

Someone out there is bringing Andi’s deepest fears to life. And she knows there’s no escaping the past that has come back to haunt her…

You trusted me with your secrets, you told me everything, you thought I was your best friend… but you have no idea WHO I AM.

So you have taken a look, will you read the book?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

A picture button for book beginnings at Rose City ReaderYou might also like to visit Gilion, over at ‘Rose City Reader‘, where you can share links to the book beginnings from her own reading schedule and that of many of our fellow bloggers. There are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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