Friday, 26 August 2011

Book Beginnings On Friday

This week has been a bit manic for me, as I've got my final two assignments both due in on Wednesday so I've been busy trying to finish them in time. Apologies if my blogging has been a bit slow because of it! It also means that I haven't had much time to read, either, so haven't started anything new :( Instead, I'll share the beginning from 'Breakneck', by Erica Spindler, which I'm saving for a rainy day when I don't have a lot else to read.

This is my post for Book Beginnings On Friday, a weekly meme hosted at A Few More Pages. To take part, share the opening line of the book you're reading or will be reading soon, and give your opinion of the opening.

'Breakneck' is a thriller, but to be honest I didn't really pay much attention to the blurb before I bought it. Why? Because I found it in a £1 shop - yep, just £1 for a whole book whose RRP is 6.99! I just couldn't pass up that opportunity! Any book, with a cover that looks like it's my sort of thing, has got to be worth a pound. Into my basket it went, saved for that special occasion. Well, here's the opening:

"The kid's eyes snapped open. Matt Martin. Twenty-one-year-old computer-hacking loser. It took omly a moment for his expression to shift from sleepy confusion to horrified realization: there was a stranger in his bedroom. That stranger held a gun to his head, to the tender place between his eyes, just above the bridge of his nose."

Exciting! I normally prefer to give you just the opening sentence, but I thought this paragraph was too thrilling to keep it from you. I already have a million questions; who is this kid and what has happened to have him looking down the barrel of a gun? And who is it pointing the gun, and why? Waking up to find a stranger in the house is something I'm very fearful of, so to read this opening has fired up my adrenaline already. This has all the signs of a brilliant opening... I think I'm hooked!


  1. That must be my biggest nightmare to be awakened by someone with a gun.

    My Head is Full of Books

  2. The opening is great. I hope the rest of the book is as good.

  3. I have this book in my TBR pile somewhere, the cover was enough to make me want it, if I remember rightly.

    I keep a log of all the books I own and this one has a tick beside it, which means that my dad has read it and enjoyed at, that also is a good guideline for me, althoug generally it seems to have received mixed reviews.

    Pound shops are great if they happen to have what you want at the time, I have picked up some great bargains in them. I tend to get most of my books from the charity shop where I volunteer, all of our fiction books are £1.25, including new titles and bestsellers, so I get some great bargains, hence my massive TBR pile!!

    Enjoy the book when you get to read it and good luck with the assignments.


  4. Oh - great opening. Filled with suspense and intrigue - I'd definitely keep reading!

  5. Love the opening. Very tense, short sentence fragments, pointed details. Makes it seems as though it's really happening instead of just happening in words.


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