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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 4)

By Cleopatralovesbooks @cleo_bannister

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 4)

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

This week I have chosen my first paragraph from The Killer On The Wall by Emma Kavanagh an author whose books Falling and Hidden both wowed me!

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 4)


The first body comes as a shock
The second brings horror
The third signals the beginning of a nightmare

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.
Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.
Then another body appears against the Wall.
And another.
As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.
Who is the Killer on the Wall? NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


22 July, 1996

It began with the bodies.
They had been seated, backs propped up against the tumble down stones of Hadrian’s Wall, faces a bitter white. Their heads were tilted forwards, their jaws grazing their sternums. You might have thought they were sleeping. But there was the color of them, the rigid emptiness of them, the first shadowy scent of decomposition riding on the promising day to come.
Fifteen year old Isla Bell felt the ground sway beneath her, the village and the moors retreating far far away, so that it was just her and the dead.

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A fairly grim opening I think you’ll agree but what do you think? Would you keep reading?

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (April 4)

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