Every Tuesday First Chapter, First Paragraph/Intros is hosted by Vicky of I’d Rather Be at the Beach sharing the first paragraph or two of a book she’s reading or plans to read soon.
My book this week is one of the books I’m planning to read soon. It’s I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May.
First from the Prologue:
All she can hear is the ringing in her ears. A high-pitched tinnitus drowning out all other sounds. The chaos around her has no real form. Flaming fragments from the blast still falling from the night sky, bodies lying on the concrete. The shadows of figures fleeing the flames extend towards her across the square, flickering like monochrome images on a screen.
and from Chapter One:
The last hours of their life together replayed themselves through a thick fog of painful recollection. Did people really change, or was it just your perception of them? And if that was true, had you ever really known them in the first place?
Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.
I’LL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU
Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder – and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.
I’LL KEEP YOU SAFE, NO MATTER WHAT
As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
Peter May is one of my favourite authors so I’m anticipating that I’ll really enjoy this book, set mainly on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The blurb seems to tell a lot of what happens in the book placing it as a crime thriller novel, but then the reflective, philosophical tone of the opening of paragraph of Chapter One seems to me to indicate that maybe this book is more than that …
14 thoughts on “First Chapter First Paragraph: I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May”
It’s a great read so I’m sure you will enjoy it! The mixture of the story behind the tweed and the mystery leaves plenty of room for thrilling moments.
The names seem awfully difficult. I like the danger involved. I’ve always been more than afraid of “car bombs.”
This one probably isn’t something I’d read, but I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Here’s mine this week: https://myendlessshelf.weebly.com/home/tell-me-something-tuesday-next-read-first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros
May is very hit and miss as far as I’m concerned. I’ll wait and see what you think of the book as a whole before committing.
I keep hearing great things about this one, Margaret. And I do like Peter May’s work a lot. I hope you’ll enjoy this, and, yes, I would definitely read on…
I love the cover and, based on intro I might try more. Author’s name is familiar but, I’m not sure I’ve read anything by him before.
Peter May is one of my favorites too, Margaret! His books are always ‘more than that…’. My library has this one!
It is not a book I would have picked up, but after reading what you’ve shared, that has changed.
Wow, the openings tell me this is a pretty intense story – lots to think and feel. Yes, I’d like to read more.
This does sound good. I’d keep reading despite having no idea how to pronounce those names. This week I have Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle from my review stack. Happy reading!
I must read this author! I love the sound of the book…and the cover! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THREE DAYS MISSING”
I’d keep reading since I want to know who’s responsible for the bombing and why. I love the cover!
Loved it, Margaret, and I think you will too. And there’s definitely more to it than just a crime story… 😀
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