Tuesday, September 20, 2011

~ First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea every Tuesday. The idea is to share the opening paragraph (maybe two) of a book you've decided to read based on the opening paragraph(s). I included the first two paragraphs of Chapter 1 for the book I chose to share this week. I have wanted to read this book for a couple of years. It's also received wonderful reviews and this years R.I.P. Challenge at Stainless Steel Droppings was the impetus for me to finally read it! Be sure to drop by Bibliophile By the Sea and read Diane's terrific selection this week and be sure to visit and read the contributions of other participants in this fun meme who can be found in the comments!

In the Woods by Tana French
What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective. Our relationship with truth is fundamental but cracked, refracting confusingly like fragmented glass. It is the core of our careers, the endgame of every move we make, and we pursue it with strategies painstakingly constructed of lies and concealment and every variation on deception. The truth is the most desirable woman in the world and we are the most jealous lovers, reflexively denying anyone else the slightest glimpse of her. We betray her routinely, spending hours and days stupor-deep in lies, and then turn back to her holding out the lover's ultimate Möbius strip: But I only did it because I love you so much.

I have a pretty knack for imagery, especially the cheap, facile kind. Don't let me fool you into seeing us as a bunch of parfit gentil knights galloping off in doublets after Lady Truth on her white palfrey. What we do is crude, crass and nasty. A girl gives her boyfriend an alibi for the evening when we suspect him of robbing a north-side Centra and stabbing the clerk. I flirt with her at first, telling her I can see why he would want to stay home when he's got her; she is peroxided and greasy, with the flat, stunted features of generations of malnutrition, and privately I am thinking that if I were her boyfriend I would be relieved to trade her even for a hairy cellmate named Razor. Then I tell her we've found marked bills from the till in his classy white tracksuit bottoms, and he's claiming that she went out that evening and gave them to him when she got back.

What are your thoughts about these 2 opening paragraphs? Would you read this book based on these paragraphs?


  1. I have had this book on my shelf for ages and would love to find the time to give it a read. It's gotten so many good reviews. I'd be curious to see what you think if you do read it.

  2. How timely this introduction is! This is my book club's selection for October. Now that I have read the first two chapters via your post I am much more excited about it. (The last few books we've read haven't been that great and September's book was absolutely horrible.)


  3. These INTROs are more than enough to draw me in Amy. I won this from Jenners last year, and own the other 2 books in the series, and have not made time for it yet....pathetic, I know. This is perfect for the RIP Challenge...enjoy

  4. Oh, yes...I would definitely keep reading! This book has been on my list ever since it was released.

  5. Well, since I did read it … I say YES!!! I would have been interested even not knowing the book. I think it shows how amazing Tana French is right from the get go. Cannot WAIT to hear what you think of this!