Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.
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.
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What better way to spend a Friday!
Today’s feature is a review book from the author: Girl on the Run, by Daryl Wood Gerber.
Beginning: Chessa Paxton had dreaded the night, even feared it, but now, dressed as Sleeping Beauty, she quivered with anticipation as she moved with the throng toward the entrance to the Boardwalk Casino. Everything was exciting: the costumes, the eager chatter, the orchestral music being piped through amplifiers. The Happily Ever After Ball was going to be, in a word, heady.
56: Marcus paused at an intersection and cupped his hands around his eyes. Not to block the sun’s glare—the sun was pretty much obliterated by clouds—but to block out distractions. Dozens of A-framed houses lined the streets.
Synopsis: “Readers will be shocked by this exciting, fast-paced thriller’s twists and turns.” Kirkus Reviews
From nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber comes a gripping new suspense!
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life…but will the truth set her free?
Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she’s been drugged, she can’t explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can’t escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairy tale costumes; Snow White’s dead body shielding her from bullets.
Though Chessa is a former costumer and a master of disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever.
What do you think? Does this book grab you? Would you keep reading?