Friday 13 December 2013

Book Beginnings on Fridays...

Hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader

Book Beginnings on Fridays as stated by the host was started:

"to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires."

You can share on Google + and social media , please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings and there's also a Mr Linky on the host's blog.

Book Beginnings: The Orphan Choir by Sophie Hannah


Blurb from Goodreads

Louise is bereft.

Her seven-year-old son Joseph has been sent away to boarding school against her wishes, and she misses him desperately.

And the neighbour from hell is keeping her awake at night by playing loud, intrusive music.

So when the chance comes to move to the country, she jumps at it as a way of saving her sanity.

Only it doesn't.

Because the music seems to have followed her. Except this time it's choral music, sung by a choir of children that only she can see and hear...

"It's a quarter to midnight. I'm standing in the rain outside my neighbour's house, gripping his rusted railings with cold wet hands,staring down through them at the misshapen and perilously narrow stone steps leading to his converted basement, from which noise is blaring. It's my least favourite song in the world: Queen's'Don't Stop Me Now'.....


It's been a while since I read a Sophie Hannah story and this one intrigues me as I don't readily associate her books with horror, but this one has been written under the aegis of of Hammer Arrow. Hammer's literary legacy is being revived through its partnerships with Arrow Books. The series features original works as well as classic stories from nearly a century of publication.

Sophie Hannah


  1. The premise and book opening intrigue me. May have to add this one to my TBR list...

    My Friday post:

  2. Nice opening. It is one that would really catch my attention.

  3. This sounds good too...more books to add to my toppling stack. :)

    THANKS for sharing.

    I didn't have time to post a book beginnings so I am leaving a link to another fun post you may want to check out.

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