Books & fairytales - TUESDAY EXCERPTS

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s featured book is The Good Daughter, by Alexandra Burt, is the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden…




Intro:  (Prologue)

They stopped once for the night, in Albuquerque.  The name of the city intrigued the girl, so she looked it up in the encyclopedia she carried with her.  It was her most prized possession.

Albuhkirkee…She silently repeated the word until it lost all meaning.  The girl caught herself drifting off into some paranoid daydream, not knowing what time it was or where they were going.  They had never driven this far for so long, never had to pump gas so many times.


Teaser:  After Quinn left the bank, she tucked the envelope under the seat of the Ford truck.  She felt giddy with excitement, her entire body seemed to hum, knowing she was going to see the old woman.  There was no turning back—not after church last Sunday. (p. 160).


Synopsis:  Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.
In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?



Books & fairytales - TUESDAY EXCERPTS

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s featured book is an ARC from NetGalley, to be released on 8/23:  The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena.





Intro:  Anne can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her head is swimming.  She’s had too much to drink.  Cynthia has been topping her up all night.  Anne had meant to keep herself to a limit, but she’d let things slide—she didn’t know how else she was supposed to get through the evening.  Now she has no idea how much wine she’s drunk over the course of this interminable dinner party.  She’ll have to pump and dump her breast milk in the morning.

Anne wilts in the heat of the summer night and watches her hostess with narrowed eyes.  Cynthia is flirting openly with Anne’s husband, Marco.  Why does Anne put up with it?  Why does Cynthia’s husband, Graham, allow it?  Anne is angry but powerless; she doesn’t know how to put a stop to it without looking pathetic and ridiculous.  They are all a little tanked.  So she ignores it, quietly seething, and sips at the chilled wine.  Anne wasn’t brought up to create a scene, isn’t one to draw attention to herself.

Cynthia, on the other hand…


Teaser:  Marco almost hadn’t gone through with it.  When the babysitter canceled at the last minute, he’d panicked.  He’d almost called the whole thing off. (46%).


Blurb:  How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?  

People are capable of almost anything. . . 

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . . 

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. 

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  I’ve been eagerly awaiting this one for a while, now.