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Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I enjoy sharing excerpts from books…and connecting with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.


To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

Today’s pick is an e-book that has been resting on my Kindle since January 2014.  Whew!  Isn’t it time I brought it out in the sunshine?  The Neighbors, by Ania Ahlborn, is a story of psychological suspense and mounting terror.





Beginning:  Andrew Morrison sat at a red light in his father’s beat-up Chevy.  Bopping his head to an old Pearl Jam CD, he shrugged off that morning’s tension, put the past behind him, cranked up the stereo, and drove.  This is it, he told himself.  This is freedom.


56:  His hands fell to his sides, leaving his hair in stressed-out disarray.  He exhaled a sigh and stalked across the crunchy lawn.

Halfway to the house, he heard his name.



Blurb:  Andrew Morrison sacrificed everything—his childhood, his education, and the girl of his dreams—to look after his alcoholic mother. But enough is enough, and now he’s determined to get out and live his life. That means trading the home he grew up in for a rented room in the house of an old childhood friend—both of which are in sorry shape.

The only thing worse than Drew’s squalid new digs and sullen new roommate is the envy he feels for the house next door: a picture-perfect suburban domicile straight out of Norman Rockwell, with a couple of happy householders to match. But the better acquainted he gets with his new neighbors—especially the sweet and sexy Harlow Ward—the more he suspects unspeakable darkness beyond the white picket fence.


I am intrigued by the blurb and the excerpts.  Eager to begin reading, I am curious about your thoughts.  Would you keep reading?




  1. You could argue that it started thirty-four years ago when twenty-year old Frank Kettle, a tall, fair, hyperactive ex-altar boy, fell madly in lust with Maxine Leonard, a long-legged languid redhead just a few days short of her nineteenth birthday.
    That’s the opening paragraph for Three Wishes, Liane Moriarty’s debut novel. I fell in love with her writing a couple months ago when I read The Husband’s Secret. This is the 4th novel I’m reading from her. I did a little comparison of the 3 books I’ve completed this far in this post:


  2. Awww, I actually feel pretty sorry for him! From the BB and the tension in his shoulders, you can just tell it’s been a long time since he’s felt free 😦 You want to help him don’t you? Great BB! I’d definitely carry on reading.
    Happy reading,
    Amy x


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