Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect 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!

What better way to spend a Friday!

Today’s featured book is one of my new acquisitions from an author I’ve enjoyed:  The Exit, by Helen FitzGerald.




Beginning:  I didn’t get the job because I didn’t look happy enough.   The manager, a twenty-seven-year-old with a lingering acne problem, didn’t admit that exactly.  He said I lacked drive.  When he asked me where I saw myself in five years, I couldn’t say McDonald’s.  ‘I’d love to live in Costa Rica for a while,’ was my answer.


Friday 56 (%):  (Narrator – Rose, 82)

It wasn’t a feeling, the disease, that’s the thing.  It was a lack of it.  A lack of everything.  It was like writing about a shapeless shadow.


Blurb:  23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down – and soon discovers that her new workplace
contains many secrets.

One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia – so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway?

As Catherine starts investigating Rose’s allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what’s really going on before it’s too late?


What do you think?  Are you drawn to this one?  Intrigued?  I know that I am, having previously enjoyed another book by the author (The Cry).



    • I read The Cry a while ago, and someone on a blog mentioned another of the author’s books, which reminded me that I needed to find this one, which I’d been eyeing earlier. Thanks for stopping by, Breana, and enjoy!


  1. I absolutely love the beginning – I have to admit that’s one of the more aggravating questions that almost all job interviewers ask – I usually tell them I want their job in 5 years….lol…I love the sound of this book but I’m also afraid it will be a heartbreaking type of book too – here’s my Friday meme

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    • Yes, I think it might be, Maria….I was drawn to the story because of the older woman and the possibility she is suffering from dementia…but I suspect that she might actually be hearing and seeing real things. Thanks for visiting.


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