First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros
This meme, hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea, is to discuss the first paragraph of a book I plan to read. This week I just pulled a random book of the bookcase by my desk: Missing You by Harlan Coben.
I couldn’t use the book I am currently reading because it is an ARC, which I’m not supposed to quote.
Random is more fun for me anyway. I like to get little glimpses into books I haven’t yet had a chance to sit and read. As some of you know, I have A LOT of books I haven’t read yet. Although I have been making efforts to scale down my collection, I still have tons of books I can choose from for this meme. Missing You is one of many I haven’t had a chance to read yet.
About Missing You
If you are not familiar with Harlan Coben, I’ll tell you a little about him. He writes mysteries and thrillers. He’s very popular. This book, Missing You, has been reviewed over 3000 times on Goodreads. His bio says he has over 60 million books in print worldwide.
First Paragraph from Missing You
Kat Donovan spun off her father’s old stool, readying to leave O’Malley’s Pub, when Stacy said, “You’re not going to like what I did.”
Based on that first paragraph, would you keep reading?
Even though it’s only one sentence, it captures my interest. I want to know what Stacy did. I also find the reference to Kat’s father interesting. It makes me wonder if her father is dead.
I would definitely keep reading, even if I had never read any books by Harlan Coben before. In fact, I’d love to keep reading right now, but I know I shouldn’t because I have so many other books in progress that I should get finished first.
I’m curious if other people feel the same way. Given that it’s a thriller novel, should the opening line be scarier or have more action?
What do you think? Is that first sentence enough to make you want to read more?