First Chapter: The Drowning

First chapterEvery Tuesday Diane at  Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, sharing the first paragraph or (a few) of a book she’s reading or thinking about reading soon.

I bought a secondhand copy of this book I bought a few weeks ago and am looking forward to reading it. It’s The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg, a Swedish author whose books I keep seeing on other book blogs.

The Drowning begins:

He had known that sooner or later it would come to light again. Something like that was impossible to hide. Every word had led him closer to what was unnameable and appalling. what he had been trying for so many years to repress.

Now escape was no longer an option. He felt the morning air fill his lungs as he walked as fast as he could. His heart was pounding in his chest. He didn’t want to go there, but he had to. If someone was there, he would have to speak. If nobody was there he would continue on his way to work, as if nothing had happened.

This is a good opening that makes me want to read on, but I do have resevations after reading the Guardian blurb on the back cover – ‘Expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror’. I don’t like horror – maybe I won’t be able to finish this book?

16 thoughts on “First Chapter: The Drowning

  1. I would keep reading. I have one of her books on my stack, found out it was part of a series so I want to get the first book.


  2. Margaret – Oh, I’m glad you’ve started reading this. It’s part of a series I like very much. And honestly, I wouldn’t say that it’s horror at all. I find these books don’t get gratuitous at all.


  3. Since I don’t pay much attention to blurbs on book covers, I’m curious enough to read it. I only respect the opinions of people I know and trust – like the book bloggers I follow, including you.


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