First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane on her blog, Bibliophile by the Sea every Tuesday. To participate, share the opening paragraph(s) of a book you've decided to read based on the paragraph(s). This author's debut novel, Learning to Swim, won several awards. This is her second novel, a sequel to the first and both books are literary thrillers.
A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry
We could feel the reverberation of the ice-cutting machine through the frozen lake beneath our feet. Matt Boudoin was telling me this would be the best ice palace ever, and I was nodding, because of course every year the palace seems better than the one the year before. At the same moment, he stopped talking and I stopped nodding, because the machine had halted and the crew of men was staring down at the ice. Then, in unison, like marionettes with their strings being pulled, they turned their heads to look at Matt. Their faces were blank, but we knew something was wrong, very wrong.We started moving forward. Because this is an Adirondack mountain town and Matt has an ingrained sense of chivalry, he held his arm out in that protective gesture you make toward a passenger in your car when you have to slam on the brakes. But it didn’t stop me.Later, I would wish it had.
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