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 a recent download from an author I enjoy:  The Girl You Lost, by Kathryn Croft.




Beginning:  (Prologue)

It had been easy to get him alone.  He’d played right into her hands and all she’d had to do was flash a smile at him.  Laugh at his jokes.  Pretend to be interested in his words.

But now they were in his flat, in a part of town she barely knew, and if she wasn’t careful, her control would slip away.


56:  Grace is already in the kitchen when I go downstairs, sitting at the table, and I smell toast before I see that she has made breakfast.

‘I hope it’s okay?’ she says, biting her lip. ‘Matt said I could help myself.  I’ve made you some tea, too.’


Synopsis:  Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?


What do you think?  Have you read this one?  Would you keep reading?



    1. The missing/abducted children stories are definitely intense. In fact any stories in which children are especially vulnerable or abused are hard to take…but also keep me reading. Thanks for stopping by, Katherine.


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